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Karate club chief's anger over paedophile
THE head of a karate club, where a convicted paedophile was caught taking pictures of children, has told of the moment he uncovered the truth about the sex offender who “duped” his way into the organisation.
Marc Grayston, 27, head of the Maru Karate Kai club in Luncies Road, Pitsea , wasted no time in calling the police when he discovered the shocking truth about 37-year-old Timothy Edmeades.
Now the karate instructor has joined calls for tougher checks on voluntary workers in the light of the scandal.
He said: “I blame the Basildon Heritage Club for not doing any checks on this man.
“We just googled his name which brought up lots of articles about his past.
“When I found out the truth I was upset, devastated and angry and I felt sick, how could these people not carry out checks when they are working with children.”