Paedophile writes letters to Notts mum he's never met after her address is leaked to him in HMP Nottingham

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An investigation has been launched after a mum’s address was given to a convicted paedophile who was serving his sentence in Nottingham Prison.

The mum, who has no links to the paedophile, believes her address was handed over to him by probation officers in the prison.

The paedophile wrote to her five times, at her home in Nottinghamshire, before he was stopped by prison authorities.

Four of the letters were intercepted by prison officers.

Ministry of Justice officials have apologised to the mum. The Prison Service has offered to help her with an application, with her local authority, to move home.

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They have also launched an investigation to find out how her address was given to a sex-offender who she had never met.

The mum, who wished to remain anonymous, told The Post: "It has really scared me. I have a young child – and this man knows where I live.

“I had a letter saying my address was leaked to a prisoner by the probation team. I don’t understand how this can happen. How did my address get into the hands of someone I don't even know?

"He actually wrote to me five times before he was stopped. As far as I am aware they have now taken my address out of his cell.

"But I am under the impression he actually knows my address off by heart, as I’ve been informed he’s tried to write to me on several other occasions since.

HMP Nottingham in Perry Road

"He was writing stuff to me giving me advice on men. I just don’t understand how this can happen.”

A letter of support has been given to the mum by the Prison Service, to help her change homes through her local authority if she wants to.

She has been told that HMP Nottingham has taken steps to ensure the prisoner has no further access to her details – and that he has been placed "on public protection monitoring" to block any future attempts he might make to contact her.

A spokesman for the Ministry of Justice said: "We apologise for this genuine human error and have taken immediate action to safeguard the individual involved. A full investigation is underway to ensure that this cannot happen again."

A Nottinghamshire Police spokesman added: "We have been made aware of the allegation and are aware that the Probation Service is carrying out an internal investigation into the circumstances."