Outraged parents threaten to remove their children from primary school as plans approved for sex offenders to be housed in OPEN PRISON over the road

  •  Students of Appleton Thorn Primary School may be forced to switch schools
  • The Ministry of Justice are placing sex offenders 20 years from the children
  •  A petition has been launched to stop the offenders moving to the area

Parents have threatened to remove their children from a community primary school after convicted sex offenders are set to move just minutes down the road.

The decision from the Ministry of Justice said the men will be placed at a jail just 20 yards from the school by the end of the year. 

The open prison – which will be minimum security and have limited restrictions – is set to be moved to Thorn Cross near Warrington, Cheshire.

The decision from the Ministry of Justice said the men will be placed at a jail just 20 yards from the school by the end of the year

Now the students from Appleton Thorn Primary School and two nearby nurseries may be forced to switch from their local educator because of the abrupt decision.

Head Teacher or Appleton, Zoe Jones told the BBC: ‘I am deeply concerned by this change in category of prisoner at Thorn Cross open prison, having been given assurances in the past that no sex offenders would be placed here, 


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 ‘This news has come completely out of the blue and the school was not consulted.’ 

The convicted sex offenders could serve out the rest of their time in the minimum-security prison across from the primary school. 

Parents and teachers froom Appleton Thorn Primary School (pictured) are ‘deeply concerned’ and ‘outraged’ by the decision to move a open jail housing sex offenders to the area

According to the Warrington Guardian, the Ministry of Justice made the decision because of an increase of the number of sex offenders receiving custodial sentences.

Richard Whitehead, 41, whose youngest daughter attends Appleton Thorn Village Primary School said: ‘I find it difficult to believe that this decision has been made in accordance with safeguarding regulations and procedures given how close the prison is to the primary school.  

Joseph Ryan, whose son also attends Appleton Thorn Village Primary added: ‘Why would anybody agree to put sex offenders in a open prison near to where my son goes to school. He is aged eight.’ 

The convicted sex offenders could serve out the rest of their time in the minimum-security prison (pictured) across from the primary school

A petition to keep the convicted sexual predators from the area has racked up more than 1,600 signatures.

One person wrote on the petition: ‘Absolutely the wrong location with a primary school right across the road.’ another added, ‘This is a stupid decision given the fact there is a school across the road,

‘It’s like the ministry for justice don’t even do basic research before making decisions. Horrific for the area if this goes ahead.’ 

The MailOnline attempted to get in touch with the Ministry of Justice for comment. 

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