PROTESTORS gathered on Tuesday night (Oct 4) outside a private residence in Lower Priory, Milford Haven that belongs to convicted sex offender, James Robert Kershaw.
A crowd of 15-25 local people chanted, banged drums and used a megaphone to demand the removal of Mr Kershaw from the community, citing fears for local children as the main reason for their concerns.
When we arrived at the scene, we asked the gathered crowd why they would feel the need to protest, we were told bluntly: “Because he’s a paedophile!”
“We all know he was in the paper for what he did, we know he’s come out for what he did.
“We all know he’s a wrong one and at the end of the day we don’t think it’s right that he lives around here amongst the community where there are kids.”
Kershaw, now 42, travelled to Carmarthen Railway Station on September 2, 2021 to meet what he believed was an underage girl for sex, Kershaw was in fact met by self-proclaimed ‘paedophile hunters’ who confronted him, he injured one of these individuals with his vehicle as he attempted to flee the scene.
Kershaw, who was cleared of inciting a teenager to engage in sexual activity back in 2017, has recently been released into the community after being imprisoned for sexual communication with a child and assault.
He was quickly joined by officers from Dyfed-Powys Police who secured the property in order to prevent protestors from accessing his home.
Around ten police officers were at the scene.
The police have been asked for a comment.
After the protest Mr Kershaw contacted The Pembrokeshire Herald saying: “I am innocent of the offence, and was put in jail wrongly. This case will be going to the Court of Appeal, where I will clear my name.
“I do not wish to leave my home as I feel that I have done nothing wrong, I am the victim of a miscarriage of justice.”