A PROTEST planned against a convicted sex offender moving back to a street was cancelled when he was sent back to prison.

Stephen Mellor, 47, of Merrill Road, Thurnscoe, was returned to jail last Friday evening for breaking the terms of his licence.

He had been convicted of molestation of a teenager in 2011 and had been back home for two weeks when residents planned to stage a protest on Saturday morning.

However, an argument broke out on the street the night before the planned protest and four residents were arrested for public order offences, including protest organiser Mike 'Tony' Smith.

"There was lots of shouting and bawling," Tony said. "But we're happy he's back in prison. Our children haven't been able to play in the streets since he's been back, we wanted him away from them."