Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Police Failed to Disclose Rape Claim to Huntley School Panel; INQUIRY HEARS HOW COMPLAINTS AGAINST SOHAM KILLER WERE CLEARLY ON RECORD

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Police Failed to Disclose Rape Claim to Huntley School Panel; INQUIRY HEARS HOW COMPLAINTS AGAINST SOHAM KILLER WERE CLEARLY ON RECORD

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Byline: PAUL CHESTON

THE police blunders which allowed Ian Huntley to get the job of Soham caretaker were revealed at an official inquiry today.

Officers failed to disclose a rape allegation and a string of reports of underage sex which had been made against him.

A document from the police national computer showed clearly how Huntley was charged with rape in 1998 when he lived in Grimsby.

Yet when the governors of Soham Village College asked police to vet Huntley they were told he had a clean record.

Huntley got the job in December 2001. He murdered 10-year-olds Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman in August 2002.

Today James Eadie, counsel to the inquiry, said police had investigated 11 separate incidents involving Huntley, including nine alleged sexual offences, between 1995 and 1999.

Of those, four involved allegations of unlawful intercourse with girls under 16, four were allegations of rape and one of indecent assault on an 11-year-old girl.

Today a key document relating to the rape allegation was exhibited in the inquiry room in High Holborn.

It was alleged that Huntley had "followed a lone female from a nightclub, sneaked up on her and threatened her with a brick - brief struggle - as female ran off - offender chased her, tripped her up".

Mr Eadie said that the charge was discontinued on the advice of the Crown Prosecution Service because of changes to the alleged victim's evidence. The day after Huntley was interviewed about the allegation he changed his name to Ian Nixon.

By the time he applied for the caretaker's job in Soham he had changed it back again.

The hearing was told that such details were only recorded on the police computer when a suspect is charged and not when he is arrested.

In further documents shown to the inquiry which have never been made public before, Huntley admits in a 1995 interview with police that he was having sex with a 15-year-old girl. …

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