WHAT DO COPS HAVE TO HIDE?

The People - - NEWS FEATURES - Dan Warburton

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.

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