Mum’s fight to keep paedophiles away from children

Protect our children:  Sharon Henderson, right, with her friend and supporter, Christine Hope.
Protect our children: Sharon Henderson, right, with her friend and supporter, Christine Hope.
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THOUSANDS of Wearsiders have signed up as the mum of murdered Nikki Allan fights to keep paedophiles away from Sunderland’s parks and schools.

Sharon Henderson, 47, is launching a petition demanding known child sex offenders are housed away from areas frequented by children.

She is writing to her MP, Julie Elliott, as well as police and council officials, asking for help in protecting young people from perverts who are living close to schools.

Sharon, of Ryhope, said: “I want to feel like I’m doing something positive to help the city’s children after what happened to Nikki.

“I have a lot of family with children living in Sunderland and I hate to think that perverts, flashers and paedophiles are living near schools and preying on kids in parks.”

Sharon has now launched a Facebook page Keep All Our Kids Safe, which has already got more than 2,000 followers.

Last week, the Echo revealed how a flasher, warned to stay away from Sunderland schools, had been living just metres from a city primary.

As part of his bail conditions, Steven Mewes – dubbed Stevo Paedo – was released from court on condition he does not venture near a school.

But the pervert, who would hide in undergrowth and expose his genitals to passing girls, was bailed to an address close to Highfield Primary School in Ford Estate.

Sharon is now hoping to garner enough support to carry out a protest march to the civic centre.

The mum is being helped in her campaign by long-term pal Christine Hope, 55.

Christine, also of Ryhope, said: “I try to support Sharon in everything she does.

“She is, of course, so tied up with getting justice for Nikki, I said I would become involved in this latest campaign to help her.”

Detectives are understood to be following a number of new leads into the murder of seven-year-old Nikki after a recent reconstruction on TV’s Crimewatch.

The programme resulted in several calls, including one from a woman claiming to have originally withheld information.

Nikki’s battered body was found in the old Exchange Building, in Sunderland’s East End, in October 1992. She had been battered with a brick and stabbed 37 times.

Despite a number of arrests, no one has been convicted of her murder.

Sharon believes the programme has helped change the public perception of her.

She added: “People see me completely differently now.

“They know the truth now and they’ve changed their minds about me.”