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Anger as users spotted looking at porn on Boston Library computers

People have reported porn being accessed in Boston Library. DD

People have reported porn being accessed in Boston Library. DD

Porn is being accessed on computers in Boston library – leaving some members of the public ‘disgusted and alarmed’.

The issue of library users accessing innappropriate websites has been highlighted to The Standard - with concerns children using the facility could be exposed to it.

This comes just a week after it was revealed in court that a convicted paedophile viewed and downloaded images of young boys in the library in November before being caught in the act and arrested.

One library user, who did not wish to be named, told The Standard they witnessed a ‘scruffy, middle-aged man’ accessing pornographic images last week.

“He was looking at filth,” they said.

“He stunk of drink and was rough and trampy-looking.” They added: “If the staff checked browser history from computer number 10 that day they’d have got an eyeful.”

Another library user said they were ‘alarmed’ to see people so blatantly flouting the rules and accessing porn in full view of others.

A library source said it is a ‘regular issue’ with people accessing such images but – despite staff doing all they can to monitor and prevent it – it is still going on.

Jonathan Platt, head of libraries at Lincolnshire County Council, said: “We have software in place to help stop people downloading inappropriate material, which works on both English and foreign language sites.

“Anyone misusing our computers will be asked to leave the library, and repeat offenders will be banned.

“If we suspect illegal material has been downloaded, we will report the matter to the police.

“If a customer spots something that concerns them, they should tell a member of staff so they can take the necessary action.”

He added: “Boston Library continues to employ caretakers/security guards on a part-time basis.”

 

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