False 'paedo' claims sicken Truro lollipop man
A TRURO lollipop man has been left sickened after his estate was plastered with signs falsely claiming he was a paedophile.
Andrew Banfield, 47, said he considered "packing in" his job after more than a dozen posters with the word "paedo" and his address were put up around Trelander last week.
It was the third time since November last year the innocent father of one has been subjected to what police called slanderous hatred against an individual.
"There has never been any allegations of paedophilia and I have never been investigated for such offences and the whole thing is totally made up," Mr Banfield told the West Briton this week.
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"I do not know why this is happening, we have got clean records.
"We find this very upsetting, heartbreaking and it makes me feel sick.
"I work at Archbishop Benson School and I have thought about packing in my job because this is really hard. But I am going to try to hold my head up high and carry on."
According to Mr Banfield, trouble started last year.
He said: "This situation is terrible.
"My wife is in tears and stressed but we are trying to keep a brave face. I am a respectable person doing a respectable job and my son Ashley is training to become a chef so we are trying to get on in life.
"This is disgusting and nasty behaviour. We are innocent people so it is not on.
"I want to clear my name."
Inspector Mark Richards, from Truro police, confirmed the force was investigating the distribution of the posters. "We are aware that this family has had problems before.
"We are trying to find out who is putting posters up and monitoring the situation.
"What's going on is slanderous – we are concerned about someone trying to steer hatred against an individual or a family."