Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Rapist Scoops Pounds 7m Lottery Jackpot

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Rapist Scoops Pounds 7m Lottery Jackpot

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Byline: Mike Underwood

A rapist who scooped pounds 7m on the National Lottery was collared by police on Teesside amid reports he could flee the country.

Iorworth Hoare, 52, was on weekend leave at South Bank bail hostel when his numbers came up in last weekend's Lotto Extra draw.

Probation officers at the hostel alerted the authorities after Hoare - serving a life sentence for attempted rape - told them of his good fortune.

Officers swooped on the hostel - just yards from South Bank police station - on Sunday and it is thought he was temporarily jailed at Stockton's Holme House Prison.

Elaine Lumley, chief officer at Teesside Probation Service, told the Gazette today: "I can confirm that he was arrested on Sunday morning and immediately returned to prison to reassess his risk status given the significant change in his circumstances.

"There is no evidence to suggest that he was a flight risk. We took the view that his circumstances had significantly changed," she said.

"He was re-arrested and taken back to prison to give everyone some breathing space and a chance for us to think about how we are going to manage this man."

The conditions of Hoare's leave in South Bank meant he was allowed out on unsupervised trips because probation and prison chiefs felt there was little risk of him re-offending.

Shoppers at Asda in South Bank, where the winning ticket was bought, today reacted angrily that he had been allowed to walk the streets alone.

Sue Johnson, 52, from Normanby, said: "He bought the ticket, it's the luck of the draw. But I don't agree that he should be allowed on the streets with women and bairns.

"Unless he was supervised - he shouldn't be on his own."

Ann Reed, 62, from Teesville, said: "I cannot see why he shouldn't claim the money really, but it's wrong he should be walking the streets."

And James Boyes, 20, from Grangetown, said: "He's just been lucky. It's only fair he should get the money if he's been allowed to play. …

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