Pediatrician Attacked by Vigilantes: 'We Don't Want Pedophiles Near Our Kids'
Doctor under attack as locals confuse job title and assume she's a child abuser
A pediatrician was forced to leave her home in a quiet village in South Wales after local vigilantes thought her job title meant she was a pedophile.
Dr. Yvette Cloete moved from her native South Africa to take up her dream job in the UK helping sick children.
Shortly after moving into her new home in a rented house in the village of St Brides, she found her self under fierce attack from angry mobs formed by local residents.
She received death threats and came home to find her new house vandalized with the word "paedo" and "nonce" spray painted all over the outside walls and windows.
The threats became so severe that she was forced to abanded her new home and leave behind all her belongings out of fear for her own safety.
She found it almost impossible to believe that vigilantes could have mistaken her, a pediatrician, for a pedophile.
After deeming it too dangerous to return to the village, Dr. Cloete was forced to return to S. Africa while her brother packed up her belongings.
André Cloete, 24, as he packed her possessions at the home he shared with his sister said:
"It's hard to believe the ignorance of some people.
"I just can't see how they could confuse a doctor who cares for children with someone who abuses them."
Mr. Cloete, a student who moved from Pretoria last year to join his sister in Wales, said that the attack had led him to question his preconceptions about British law and order.
He said: "I thought that this sort of thing went on in South Africa but not here."
He added that his sister had patients in the area and Chinese whispers could have led to confusion about her job title.
The late-night attack had been all the more shocking because it had happened in such a quiet, pleasant neighborhood, his sister said.
"There are a lot of nice families with children living in the area. I think it is horrendous - we have got lovely neighbors," she said.
Residents of Pine Grove, a cul-de-sac of privately owned semis with neatly clipped front lawns, said they were sad that Dr. Cloete would be leaving.
"I remember her coming round to introduce herself when she arrived last year," said her next-door neighbor.
"She was very nice, but I doubt we'll see her again now."
Across the road from Pine Grove is the Duffryn council estate, where among boarded-up homes and abandoned cars there appeared to be a, perhaps surprising, lack of sympathy for Dr. Cloete.
"I heard that the doctor's house had got attacked, but it's because people don't want no pedophiles here," said one mother of three young children, who did not want to be named.
"If you've got children like me, then you can understand why people are worried about perverts."
Another young woman said that people would take the law into their own hands if they felt that they were living near pedophiles.
"It's bad that someone innocent's house has been attacked, but that will happen if they're not all locked up," she said.