WHAT DO COPS HAVE TO HIDE?
AN investigation into a rapist who attacked two women weeks after being let out of jail early will never be made public.
Victims’ charities have blasted the decision not to publish the report on why sex fiend Ashley Shuck was free to reoffend.
He was one of 264 predators exposed by the Sunday People who were released in the past five years and repeated their crimes. Shuck, 24, of Worcester, had been jailed for eight years for rape in 2012 but was freed on licence after four.
Three weeks later he sexually assaulted a young mum in her home after striking up a conversation in her garden.
The next day he forced his way into a 77-yearold’s home at 7am, claiming to be a gas engineer. He raped her twice then made her drive at knifepoint nearly 100 miles around Worcestershire.
Shuck was jailed for a minimum of ten years last week for rape, assault and kidnap.
Authorities vowed to investigate why he was free to offend again but police say the findings will not be made public “in line with national guidance”.
Sarah Green, co-director of the End Violence Against Women Coalition, described the case as “shocking”.
She said: “After a huge series of failures by the police and probation to protect women from sex offenders, it is not acceptable to withhold the report on Ashley Shuck from the public.
“We need to know why these failures are happening and what needs to change. MPS and government should step in.”
West Mercia Police referred the case to the Independent Office for Police Conduct, who decided “the matter was suitable for investigation to be carried out by the professional standards department of the force”.
A West Mercia force spokesman said: “The victims have been visited and the report contents have been shared with them.”
The scandal comes just weeks after we found that rapists freed from jail are striking again at the rate of once a week.
One sex fiend, Newcastle PC Stephen Mitchell – thought to have attacked 30 women – was freed seven years after getting life for two rapes, sex assaults and misconduct in a public office.
That disclosure followed the U-turn over the Parole Board freeing rapist John Worboys.
In 2009 Worboys got ten years for 12 rapes but there are thought to have been up to 100 victims.