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Enfield Council officer comes to the aid of paedophile victim

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01 September 2017

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A paedophile who sexually assaulted a 13 year-old boy has been jailed after an Enfield Council worker came to the victim’s aid the morning following the attack.

- Abuse victim helped by Enfield Council litter enforcement officer
- Council officer Anthony Neocleous aided police in their investigation
- Enfield Council officers are here to help the public where they can

A paedophile who sexually assaulted a 13 year-old boy has been jailed after an Enfield Council worker came to the victim’s aid the morning following the attack.

Litter enforcement officer Anthony Neocleous, 30-years of age, was approached by the teenager who was cold, lost and hungry, in Edmonton, on 20 August 2015 after he ran away from home the night before and slept on the street. Anthony comforted the boy and took him to Edmonton Police Station.

Anthony was later told the boy had been seriously assaulted the previous night.

A copy of Anthony’s filmed footage while on patrol was given to the investigating officer and he provided a witness statement to help detectives.

On 26 June 2017, Daniel McKenzie, 26, of Victoria Road, Edmonton, was jailed by a judge at Wood Green Crown Court for four years and 10 months after pleading guilty to one count of sexual activity with a child under the age of 16. McKenzie was also placed on the sex offenders’ register for life. He was sentenced after pleading guilty at a hearing at the same court on 5 May.

Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Cllr Daniel Anderson, said: “Our enforcement officers are diligent, professional and compassionate people who are trained to deal with a wide range of situations.

"However, this was an extremely serious and upsetting case which Anthony handled with consummate professionalism. His conduct was exemplary, helping a vulnerable and distressed young person and supporting the police in securing a successful prosecution for a horrendous crime. As a result of his intervention a paedophile was removed from our streets and is now in prison.”

“This case demonstrates that our enforcement officers are human and as well as playing an instrumental role in helping to keep our streets clean, safe, welcoming and well-regulated they are also there if members of the public need assistance.”

Anthony has been working for Kingdom, which works in partnership with Enfield Council, for approximately three years and lives in neighbouring Barnet. He said, “I did what any other person would have done. We are trained to react to all kinds of different situations while out on patrol. In this case, I am really glad to have helped.”

- Contact numbers:
For children and young people, Childline can be called on 0800 1111
Help for adults concerned about a child can be received via the NSPCC on 0808 800 5000

In 2015 Enfield Council established a Single Point of Entry team (SPOE) consisting of social workers and police officers to provide direct assistance to young people who have been abused and actively support the prosecution of child abusers. The Council can be contacted on this issue on 020 8379 5555 or email spoe@enfield.gov.uk.

Anyone who is concerned about the safety of a young person should call the police emergency services on 999.