Police respond to claims a 'notorious British paedophile' has been seen in Chesterfield

Police have confirmed there is no substance to recent reports posted on social media about a notorious convicted paedophile being seen in part of Chesterfield.

Tuesday, 20th April 2021, 7:00 pm

Rumours have been circulating on Facebook that 'Mark Feely' has been seen in the Inkerall area – and officers said reports have been made to staff at Inkersall Primary School.

Officers from Staveley Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT) say claims he has travelled to Derbyshire are false.

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Police say there is no truth to social media rumours a 'notorious paedophile' has been seen in the Chesterfield area.

A spokesperson for the SNT said: “Contrary to reports made on social media over the past week and reports made to staff at Inkersall Primary School, Staveley SNT have made enquiries to these reports that a well-known male was seen at numerous locations in the Inkersall area.

“We can now confirm and would like to reassure local residents and concerned parents that the male has NOT travelled to the Derbyshire area. Can this post be disseminated so we can reach as many local residents as possible in order to stop the rumours.”

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