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Praise for Kingdom officer who helped paedophile victim

anthony-neocleous_optWe are extremely proud to report that one of Kingdom’s Environmental Protection officers in Enfield has been praised after he came to the aid of a paedophile victim after they were attacked.

Anthony Neocleous is an Environmental Protection officer with Kingdom, and works in Enfield carrying out Environmental Protection Services on behalf of Enfield Council tackling litter and dog fouling. Anthony was patrolling in Edmonton on the morning of 20th August 2015, just over two years ago, when he was approached by a 13 year-old boy who was cold, lost and hungry. The young teenager had run away from home the night before and had slept on the street. Anthony comforted him and took him to Edmonton Police Station.

Anthony was later told that the boy had been the victim of a serious assault the previous night. Anthony provided a witness statement to help detectives, aided the police in their investigation, and a copy of Anthony’s filmed footage which was recording while he was on patrol was given to the investigating officer.

The paedophile who sexually assaulted the young boy has now been jailed. A judge sentenced the 26 year old mail at Wood Green Crown Court to four years and 10 months in jail on 26th June 2017 after the pleaded guilty to one count of sexual activity with a child under the age of 16 at a hearing on the 5th May. He was also placed on the sex offenders’ register for life.

Kingdom’s officers aim to help the public wherever they can, as explained by Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Cllr Daniel Anderson, said in a statement on Enfield Council’s website: “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 for approximately three years and lives in neighbouring Barnet. Speaking about what happened 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.”

Kingdom’s environmental protection officers often step in to provide first aid or protect members of the public whilst out on patrol. Whilst of course their role is to tackle litter, dog fouling, criminal damage, graffiti, fly-tipping and other environmental crimes or anti-social behaviour, the fact that they are a uniformed, highly visible presence in public spaces also provides many residents with a feeling of safety and security and makes them the obvious people to turn to for help in emergency situations. It allows them to act as the eyes and ears of the community, and Kingdom is proud to play such a key role in many towns and cities up and down the country. We are very proud of the important job Anthony did in getting this young man to safety and of helping to secure the conviction of his attacker.

For more information about Kingdom’s services, please visit http://www.kingdom.co.uk/ or call 0845 051 7702.

Children and young people in need of help can call Childline on 0800 1111. Adults who are concerned about a child can contact the NSPCC on 0808 800 5000. Anyone who is concerned about the safety of a young person should call the police emergency services on 999.