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‘Sinister and evil’ woman in paedophile ring to be freed from prison

Angela Allen was jailed in 2009.

Angela Allen is to be released from prison (Devon and Cornwall Police/PA)
Angela Allen is to be released from prison (Devon and Cornwall Police/PA)

By Emma Bowden, PA

A female paedophile involved in a “sickening ring” is to be released from prison, the Parole Board has confirmed.

Angela Allen was one of four female accomplices, including nursery worker Vanessa George, who were convinced by Colin Blanchard to sexually assault young children and share the images.

Allen, from Nottingham, pleaded guilty to four child sex assaults and one count of distributing an indecent image in 2009.

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(left to right) Vanessa George, Angela Allen and Colin Blanchard were all jailed (Devon and Cornwall Police/PA)

She was handed an indeterminate sentence and told she must serve at least five years in prison before she could apply for parole.

A spokesman for the Parole Board confirmed that an oral hearing had been held last month, which ruled Allen could be released.

Allen, George and ring leader Blanchard, along with Tracy Lyons and Tracy Dawber, were all jailed for their role in the abuse, which prosecutors described as “one of the most sickening paedophile rings this country has seen”.

IT consultant Blanchard was described as “warped, wicked, dangerous, devious and manipulative” as he was sentenced to an indeterminate sentence with a minimum term of nine years in 2011.

George, who abused young children at Little Ted’s nursery in Plymouth, where she worked, was released from prison last year.

Police described jobless mother-of-one Allen as “sinister and evil” and said she was living on the “fringe of society” in a run-down house with no furniture.

Detective Superintendent Adrian Pearson, of Nottinghamshire Police, said as she awaited sentence: “Angela Allen is a sinister and totally evil individual.

“She has shed not a tear of remorse for her victim.”

A spokesman for the Parole Board said: “We can confirm that a panel of the Parole Board has directed the release of Angela Allen following an oral hearing in December 2019.

“Parole Board decisions are solely focused on whether a prisoner would represent a significant risk to the public after release.

“The panel will have carefully looked at a whole range of evidence, including details of the original evidence and any evidence of behaviour change.

“We do that with great care and public safety is our number one priority.”

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