Britain’s worst paedophile Vanessa George is banned from two counties ahead of her release following seven years in prison for abusing 30 babies at a nursery
- Vanessa George, 49, was jailed for a minimum of seven years in 2009
- She took photos of herself abusing toddlers and babies at the Little Teds nursery
- Charged with sexual assault and distributing indecent images of children there
- Will be released this month but exclusion zone prevents her coming in contact
- Will face restrictions on owning or using devices which have internet access
Vanessa George, 49, is due to be released from prison later this month after seven years
Britain’s most notorious female paedophile will be subjected to a huge exclusion zone banning her from at least three counties after her release from jail.
In an unprecedented open letter to Vanessa George’s victims, the Chief Probation Officer yesterday assured family members that she will be put under ‘extremely strict’ restrictions when she leaves prison within days.
Sonia Crozier said she shares their disgust at the paedophile’s crimes, which she described as ‘horrifying’.
George, 49, a former nursery worker, was jailed for a minimum of seven years in 2009 after she sexually abused up to 30 babies and toddlers in her care.
She photographed herself abusing the children at a nursery in Plymouth and then sent the images to other perverts.
But in July, despite outrage from her victims and MPs, a Parole Board panel ordered her release.
Crowds gather near a van containing Vanessa George as it is driven from Plymouth Magistrates Court, June 11, 2009. She was charged with making and distributing indecent images of children and assault by penetration
Efforts to keep her in prison have now been exhausted and she is due to be freed before the end of this month.
In the letter, Miss Crozier said she knew George’s release was worrying to the people of Plymouth, ‘where memories of her abuse are still vivid and frightening’.
But she said the Parole Board had imposed an ‘unusually large’ exclusion zone preventing the criminal from returning to all of Devon and Cornwall.
The board had said it will also ‘consider sympathetically any further requests for exclusion zones, to prevent any victim from coming into contact inadvertently with George’.
In Parole Board’s report (pictured), they said they were ‘satisfied that it was no longer necessary for the protection of the public that Ms George remained confined in prison’ from their hearings in May and July
It is understood that George has already been banned from a third British county and has been told she must avoid up to 20 other places in the UK upon her release.
One of George’s family members, who does not wish to be named, said: ‘There are so many people who feel very strongly about what she did. It’s no wonder they are stopping her from coming back to Devon. It’s probably safer in prison for her.’
Miss Crozier’s letter, sent to local news publication Plymouth Live, said George has also been banned from working with children again, will be on the sex offenders’ register for the rest of her life, and will not be allowed unsupervised contact with any children.
‘If she breaches any of these conditions or if her probation officer thinks there is an increasing chance she might re-offend – she can be immediately recalled to prison,’ the letter said.
What is an exclusion zone?
An exclusion zone forbids an individual from entering a particular area.
In criminal cases, the order is usually made by the Probation Service as a way to protect ex-criminals from re-offending. It is an assessment on the danger someone imposes to the community once they are released from prison.
An electronic monitoring program can set up these zones around victims home or work places which prohibits the offender from entering the area. If they do, an alert will immediately be sent.
It will depend on the severity and experience of victims.
Chief Probation Officer Sonia Crozier said in Vanessa George’s case, they introduced an ‘unusually large exclusion zone’ which bans George from Cornwall and Devon to ‘reflect the nature of her crimes’.
And any requests from victims for the exclusion zones to be altered will be reported to their individual Victim Liaison Officer and forwarded onto the Parole Board.
‘Nothing can take away the pain caused to victims and the fear felt by the community about her release – but I hope that your readers will find some reassurance in the extremely strict safeguards which are in place and the services available to any victim who wants them.’
For the past ten years parents who sent their children to Little Ted’s Nursery in Plymouth have endured the agony of not knowing whether they were abused by 18-stone George.
A mother of two teenage daughters, she admitted 13 sexual assault charges, but refused to name which of the 30 babies and toddlers on a police shortlist she had attacked.
Miss Crozier said ‘one of the most tragic elements’ of the case was the fact that police are still unable to identify which children were abused, leaving hundreds of people in the dark about whether or not their child was a victim.
She assured these families that it was not too late to contact a victim service to request support.
Miss Crozier said any parents who ask for support will be updated about any developments in George’s case.
She added: ‘This includes being notified once she has been released and whether she is ever recalled to prison for a breach of licence conditions.
‘If she is ever recalled, they will be given the opportunity to make a statement to the Parole Board about how the crime impacted them and will be able to express their views on licence conditions.
‘Exceptionally, this will also apply for George’s co-defendants in this case, Colin Blanchard and Angela Allen, when they become eligible for parole consideration.’
Parents of victims from the nursery school (pictured right) can appeal for the exclusion zones to be reconsidered and are encouraged to make a statement on how George (pictured left) has affected them if she is recalled
Protest outside Bristol Crown Court, at the time when Little Ted’s Nursery worker Vanessa George was to be sentenced
Chief Probation Officer Sonia Crozier’s full letter to Vanessa George’s victims
I share the disgust at the crimes committed by Vanessa George and I understand why the prospect of her release is so worrying to so many people, particularly in Plymouth where memories of her abuse are still vivid and frightening.
The fact she so callously exploited a position of trust to commit these crimes makes them all the more horrifying. With that in mind, I want to make sure your readers are aware that they can access support if these crimes affected them – and also know the strict licence conditions George will face on release from prison.
Vanessa George will not be allowed to return to Devon or Cornwall. The Parole Board has imposed an unusually large exclusion zone which reflects the nature of her crimes, and the number of victims and the seriousness with which we’re taking our responsibility to victims and the wider public.
She will also never be allowed to work with children again and will be on the sex offenders’ register for the rest of her life.
She is subject to a number of conditions, including not to have unsupervised contact with any children whatsoever.
If she breaches any of these conditions or if her probation officer thinks there is an increasing chance she might re-offend – she can be immediately recalled to prison.
One of the most tragic elements of this case is that the Police were unable to identify which children were abused.
This means hundreds of people were left never knowing if they or their child, sibling, or grandchild were a victim.
A victim contact service was offered at the time to more than 200 families who may have been affected, and 21 have chosen to take up that support.
It would be wrong for us to proactively contact people who may have decided very carefully that the best thing for them is to put this awful experience behind them.
But I want to make it absolutely clear to anyone who might have been affected that they can still email DDCVictimContact@justice.gov.uk, to apply to take up that offer of contact now.
Any parent who wants to receive this service will have a dedicated victim liaison officer who will keep them updated about any new developments in George’s case.
This includes being notified once she has been released and whether she is ever recalled to prison for a breach of licence conditions.
Further, the Parole Board has said that it will consider sympathetically any further requests for exclusion zones, to prevent any victim from coming into contact inadvertently with George.
If she is ever recalled, they will be given the opportunity to make a statement to the Parole Board about how the crime impacted them and will be able to express their views on her licence conditions.
Exceptionally, this will also apply for George’s co-defendants in this case Colin Blanchard and Angela Allen when they become eligible for parole consideration.
Nothing can take away the pain caused to victims and the fear felt by the community about her release – but I hope that your readers will find some reassurance in the extremely strict safeguards which are in place and the services available to any victim who wants them.