The brother and sister of disgraced footballer Adam Johnson have been seen arriving at his home alongside a van full of wine to celebrate his freedom.
The disgraced footballer, 31, was released from jail just after midnight on Friday after serving three years of his six year sentence for child sex offences.
Faye Johnson, who defended her brother in a Facebook campaign after his conviction, was spotted days earlier carrying ‘Welcome Home’ balloons.
A Majestic Wine van was also spotted outside Johnson’s plush County Durham mansion.
A police van was also visible outside Johnson’s home today.
His home has seven bedrooms, a swimming pool, football nets in the back garden and a bowling alley.
Images captured just after midnight today saw dad Dave driving a vehicle from the prison, closely followed by a police van.
Speaking briefly at Johnson’s gated mansion in Castle Eden, Dave agreed it was good to have him back.
The father was seen driving off in a blacked-out people carrier minutes later, past photographers waiting at the top of the private lane.
The former Sunderland and Manchester City winger was sentenced to six years for engaging in sexual activity with a besotted 15-year-old fan in 2016.
Following his release, he will also be restricted to seeing his daughter, Ayla, four, under the supervision of another adult.
He will also be placed under heavy supervision from officials, despite not being issued with a tag.
Speaking to The Sun, a source said: ‘Johnson will be treated like any other convicted sex offender. He’s a free man, but it comes at a heavy price.’
Johnson, who was capped 12 times and scored twice for England, has been held at HMP Moorland near Doncaster after causing his victim ‘severe psychological harm’.
His trial at Bradford Crown Court heard how he kissed and sexually touched the girl in his Range Rover, in a secluded spot in County Durham, on January 30, 2015.
Judge Jonathan Rose said Johnson’s offending happened when he met the girl for a second time after exchanging hundreds of social media messages with her.
The first time they met he gave her a signed football shirt and, when they met again, he asked for his ‘thank you kiss’.
Johnson admitted kissing the girl but denied the girl’s claim that he touched her inside her pants and how she then performed oral sex on him.
A jury found him guilty of sexual activity with a child in relation to ‘digital penetration’ but cleared him of the same offence relating to the oral sex.
He had already admitted another charge of sexual activity with a child in relation to kissing and also of grooming the girl.
The judge said Johnson had lied repeatedly, referring to the controversy over whether he delayed his guilty pleas to enable him to continue his £60,000-a-week career with Sunderland.
As a sex offender, Johnson will have to register his address and bank details with police and inform officers of any intention to travel abroad.