Paedophiles could be driven underground if the media continue to publish details of their whereabouts, a police force has warned.
Child killer Robert Oliver, 52, had to be escorted from his home in Bishops Lydeard, Somerset, by riot police on Monday following a day-long protest by local residents.
An angry crowd of up to 60 people had gathered to protest outside his home after details of where he was living were published in the News of the World.
Avon and Somerset police said there was a danger that paedophiles would disappear if they continued to be hounded by the press.
A spokesman said: “With persistent media attention, there is a very high risk that he could be driven underground.”