Man’s horror at library porn

23rd August 2011'Stuart Smith, 62, asked for some scrap paper to write on at Pontefract Library - but when he turned it over discovered it was a printout of a pornographic story.'PICTURE: MATTHEW PAGE
23rd August 2011'Stuart Smith, 62, asked for some scrap paper to write on at Pontefract Library - but when he turned it over discovered it was a printout of a pornographic story.'PICTURE: MATTHEW PAGE
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HORRIFIED Stuart Smith spoke of his shock after discovering a gay pornographic story on the back of scrap paper given to him by staff at Pontefract Library.

The 62-year-old, of Knottingley, is calling for an investigation after he discovered the “explicit” text on two pieces of paper handed to him by workers at the Shoemarket facility last Wednesday afternoon.

He said: “I was aghast. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing.

“It’s lucky it wasn’t handed to a child – it’s absolutely shocking.

“What I want to know is how it got there and how it came to be given out. I want some answers.”

Mr Smith, of Grasmere Road, visited the library and asked for some scrap paper to scribble some notes on.

He said: “I was handed a couple of sheets, but when I turned them over and saw the text I couldn’t believe it. It was extremely explicit.

“I spoke to the staff, who didn’t seem bothered and said they couldn’t be held accountable for what was handed out.

“I don’t know whether the document is something someone’s written on one of the library computers or a printout from the internet.

“When I left the library I went to the police station, but they said there was nothing they could be because it wasn’t clear where it had come from.

“I think there needs to be a full investigation into what happened to make sure it doesn’t happen again.

“I couldn’t believe how laid back the staff were when I brought it to their attention. It was absolutely shocking.”

The Express understands staff at the library use the back of wasted prints from its public access printer as scrap paper for their own use.

The usual practise is to check the paper and shred anything containing personal information or anything inappropriate.

Wakefield Council confirmed it would conduct an internal investigation and would to make sure its computers had adequate internet filters.

Lisa Dodd, the council’s service director for sport and culture said: “We have taken this situation very seriously and will ensure this does not happen again.

“We have apologised to Mr Smith for any offence that may have been caused by the incident and have also spoken to the staff who dealt with this to make sure we improve our customer service.”