Ex-EastEnders star Joseph Shade who played Peter Beale works at posh family hotel despite teen girl sex offences

Joseph Shade — Peter Beale in the soap from 1998 to 2004 — works on reception at the £340-a-night Blakeney Hotel in north Norfolk.

The hotel’s quay-front position and pool complex make it popular with parents and kids, while its restaurant regularly hosts families.

Shade, 24, was spared jail last year after he admitted inciting young girls to commit sex acts while he was a youth worker in the county.

When quizzed about his public-facing position, the former child actor told The Sun: “The owners know. They are OK with it.”

But a local dad-of-three said: “I’m horrified.


“It’s a holiday resort famous for children – it’s where they all sit and catch fish.

“To have a predator like that in the community is shocking.”

Another local said: “I am sure a lot of the guests will be shocked to hear that he’s been given a job in such a prominent position.”

The hotel’s website features a dedicated "Children" section, which says: “Children are very welcome at the Blakeney Hotel.

“Children’s tea and lunch menu are available or half portions from our table d’hote menu.

“We have digital TV with children’s channels, WiFi, an indoor swimming pool, a games room with table tennis, pool and darts. We also have a wide selection of board games.”


A criminal records check would reveal Shade is on the sex offenders register – but a source said the hotel re-employed him in spite of his convictions.

The source said: “The rest of the staff are disgusted that he has been given his job back and say he should not be working in proximity to children, particularly over Easter.

“It seems a totally reasonable attitude to take as he has access to rooms.”

Shade, of Sheringham, Norfolk, touched one girl and texted two other underage girls asking them for sex and pictures of their breasts. His victims were aged between 14 and 17.


During his trial last August he changed his pleas to admit five counts of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity and one of sexual activity with a child while in a position of trust.

Norwich crown court heard five further sex allegations would lie on file.

In October Shade was handed an 18-month jail term suspended for two years, barred from working with children and vulnerable adults for five years, and ordered to complete 150 hours of unpaid work plus a 60-day offender program.

A spokeswoman for Blakeney Hotel said it "took experienced legal advice as to whether he could be employed by the hotel in a monitored position on the reception desk.

"The hotel management took the view that it was for the legal system to punish him for mistakes made in the past, when he was much younger.

"He has been given an opportunity to do a professional role which, will in turn, provide stable employment for him to rebuild his life which is what he has pledged to do."



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