June 2004

Keep pervert away from my girl

A North dad fears a paedophile who molested his daughter is set to return to the community where he committed his sick crimes.

Evil Brian Gibson subjected his six-year-old victim to a series of indecent assaults over a 28-day period at a YMCA charity shop in Hebburn, South Tyneside.

He was jailed for three years but, after completing 17 months inside, he was released under licence on parole, which comes to an end this month.

Several times during the investigation his victim’s family chanced upon Gibson in the street and he waved, leaving the daughter terrified he would get at her again.

Now, with family in the area, they fear the pervert will come back to Hebburn, realising the girl’s worst nightmares.

The dad, who cannot be named for legal reasons, said: “I failed my daughter by letting her go to the shop in the first place.

“Afterwards I promised that she wouldn’t see him again. Now he is coming back to the area and I’ve failed her again.

“I’ve got to protect her from seeing this pervert. I feel that it’s our family that is being punished and are guilty instead of him.”

Gibson worked at the YMCA shop at the time of the sex attacks in 2001.

He would lock the door when alone with the youngster, trapping her inside while he carried out the assaults.

Gibson lured the girl back time and again with promises of treats and money.

He was only found out when a customer discovered the door locked and grew suspicious when she saw the girl inside.

Gibson was later convicted thanks to DNA samples taken from a tea towel which linked him to the victim.

The dad said: “We had to move house twice because of him. The first time the council moved us to the back end of Hebburn so we could get away from him.

“But at the time we didn’t realise that his family only lived a couple of streets away from where we moved to.

“So I had to move again to a neighbouring area. I have been forced out of my home town of Hebburn because of him.

“All I want him to do is stay out of the area so we can move on and get on with our lives.

“The Probation service said they would help us but all they can do is keep him out of Hebburn until his licence expires.”

Northumbria Police and Northumbria Probation Service issued a joint statement on the matter when we contacted them.

It said: “The person has to comply with the requirements of the Sex Offenders Act in order that they can be assessed and monitored.