Child abuser Rolf Harris being investigated after walking onto primary school grounds

Rolf Harris

Convicted paedophile Rolf Harris. Image: Gareth Fuller/PA

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Convicted paedophile Rolf Harris is being investigated by police after he walked onto the grounds of a primary school near his home.

The disgraced entertainer and artist walked onto the premises of Oldfield Primary School in Bray, reportedly to talk to a sculptor working in the grounds.

Headmaster of Oldfield Primary School, Richard Jarrett, said Harris was "asked to leave" and that he did so "without delay".

 

 

"In line with our standard procedures, an uninvited individual was asked to leave the outer perimeter of the school site yesterday, which he did without delay," Mr Jarrett said.

"At no time did any of our pupils come into contact with the individual, nor was the individual invited by us on to school grounds."

The incident was reported to Thames Valley Police as a "precaution".

Police officers outside the primary schoo. Image: Steve Parsons/PA 

A Ministry of Justice spokeswoman said officials were now looking into the matter and that "appropriate action" would be taken.

"When sex offenders are released they are subject to strict licence conditions and are liable to be returned to custody for breaching them," the spokeswoman said.

Harris refused to answer questions from journalists about his reason for being on the school's premises.

Wooden sculptures in the grounds of the school. Image: Steve Parsons/PA

The former Animal Hospital presenter was conviced of 12 indecent assaults at London's Southwark Crown Court in June 2014, included one on an eight-year-old fan, two on girls in their early teens and repeated abuse against his daughter's friend over 16 years.

They took place between 1968 and 1986.

In May 2017 he was formally cleared of four unconnected historical sex offences, which he had denied. Later the same year, one of the 12 indecent assault convictions was overturned by the Court of Appeal.

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