Child porn pervert ‘to be freed to live in city’

Terry Tweed

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A PERVERT jailed for possession of thousands of vile images of children is set to walk free today after serving half his sentence.

Terry Tweed, 66, a former Craigmillar community councillor, pleaded guilty to charges of obtaining the images of abuse over five years.

An informed source claimed Tweed has declared himself homeless and will be housed by the authorities “somewhere in Edinburgh” following his release from Saughton.

The well-known community campaigner was charged after police discovered the child porn at his Craigmillar home on Duddingston Row and last October he was sentenced to 26 months in prison

During court appearances it emerged he accessed nearly 18,000 indecent pictures between 2008 and 2013, almost 6000 of which were in the two most serious categories.

The high-profile local activist had for years been a vocal opponent of plans to shut down Castlebrae High School, which had been slated for closure amid dwindling rolls, and was often quoted in the media.

The informed source said: “He is definitely coming out today [Friday]. The city council is going to house him in Edinburgh.

“His case is being handled by the homeless unit. They are the ones who deal with things when someone declares themselves homeless.”

The council was unable to confirm whether Tweed would be re-homed in the city but stressed “public safety was of paramount importance”.

A spokeswoman added: “We work closely with partner agencies to ensure that Scottish Government guidance relating to the risk management of serious offenders is followed. There are robust processes and procedures in place to manage them.

“Within our multi-agency protection arrangements, the protection of vulnerable people is central to our approach.”

But Paul Nolan, a long-standing community councillor in the area, said he was “appalled” at suggestions Tweed would be living in Edinburgh. “He should be as far away from the city as possible,” he said. “I’m astonished that he is coming out without serving his full sentence.”

Tweed had admitted to offences spanning a period between December 2008 and December 2013.

He had been widely respected for supporting many local activities and projects over a number of years.

He held the post of secretary at Craigmillar Community Council, was a senior member at PARC Craigmillar – the body spearheading a huge regeneration drive – and a supporter of the “Save the Brae” campaign, which successfully rescued Castlebrae Community High from closure.

Speaking at Tweed’s sentencing, Sheriff Ross said: “Merely taking part in this process by looking at images and downloading them is to participate in an industry which destroys children’s lives.”