Councils in Britain have been told to stop naming streets after famous people because they might one day be unmasked as child sex abusers.
The new rules were issued by GeoPlace, the local government body in charge of the database of addresses used by councils and emergency services. They are partly a response to the scandal involving BBC TV presenter Jimmy Savile.
After Savile’s death in 2011 it came to light that he had abused scores of children and young adults, many of whom were vulnerable, over a period of decades. Many streets and buildings bore his name because of the charity work he did during his lifetime. All of have now been renamed – sometimes at significant financial expense.
However, the new rules have been met with anger in Britain. Tony Harbour, councillor for Didcot North East, Oxfordshire, once campaigned for several streets in his area to be renamed in memory of seven bomb disposal experts from Vauxhall Barracks.