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Dover dad Cllr Peter Wallace outraged to find Rolf Harris books in library

By KentOnline reporter

Books penned by paedophile Rolf Harris are freely available from Kent's libraries.

An angry dad from Dover says he was "horrified" to find the books displayed on the shelves at Dover Library.

Peter Wallace, a Labour district councillor for Maxton, Elms Vale and Priory, said: "Your children are the most important things in the world to you, and it really cuts me to the core to see his books on display.

Councillor Peter Wallace with one of the offending books. Picture: Ben Grant

"I don't want people to think our county council condones paedophilia.

"I was horrified. particularly when I looked up online how many books KCC has available to lend - over 50."

Cllr Wallace did not confront staff at the library as he felt they would not have the authority to remove the books, but after consultation with a fellow councillor, he decided to write to leader Paul Carter.

He said: "I spoke about it with another Dover councillor, John Heron, and he helped me make my mind up to write and ask if morally, KCC should still be lending these books.

"He's a father of young girls too and it's something we felt strongly about as parents."

Harris was convicted last year. Picture: Adam Butler/PA

Rolf Harris was jailed last year, though he still generates earnings from the sale of his books while in prison.

Councillors in Rolf Harris’s hometown of Bassendean, Australia, voted last year to remove all of Harris’s artworks from the council chambers and put them in storage.

This year he was also stripped of his CBE and the rank of Officer and Member of the Order of Australia.

KCC said the council would be considering Cllr Wallace's comments but offered no immediate response.

A spokesman said: "Our Libraries Service is providing information and opinion to Paul Carter so he can respond to Cllr Wallace’s letter.

"They feel it would be inappropriate to respond via the media until the letter has been sent."

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