A MAN accused of being a child abuser was run out of Castle Douglas on Saturday.
The 46-year-old had been hounded out of Annan a couple of nights previously and was found accomodation in the Stewartry town.
But his stay did not last long as people tracked him down and he was again forced to move on.
The man’s name and picture were posted on the social networking site Facebook with allegations that he was a paedophile.
Members of the site called for people to report sightings of the man, after some suggested he had moved to Kirkcudbright and Creetown.
The vigilante-style campaign was described by police as “inappropriate”.
And the Facebook pages were eventually removed on Monday after police advised complainers to report their concerns directly to the social media site.
The pages contained of hundreds of comments, ranging from potential sightings, allegations he was a paedophile and threats of violence.
Problems started on Wednesday night when the window of a house in Shawhill Court, in Annan, was smashed and an attempt was made to set fire to the property.
Police advised the man to leave the house for his own safety on Thursday after a crowd gathered outside.
He moved to an address in Castle Douglas but was forced out of the town at the weekend.
A police spokesman told the News the man had now left Dumfries and Galloway and appealed for calm in the area.
Inspector Gordon McKnight, operational commander for Annan, said: “Large gatherings like the ones witnessed last Thursday night only raise tensions and erode public confidence.
“Anyone who has any information or has issues with anyone living in their community, for whatever reason, should contact us first of all.
“I am more than happy to meet anyone who has any issues with the manner in which police services are delivered in the area, in an attempt to stop any similar incidents.
“The public should be aware that we will deal robustly with this type of behaviour.”
Police are making inquiries into complaints against the man but have indicated he is not on the sex offenders’ register.