Child killer Ian Huntley and other paedophiles are ‘being allowed to mix with children during prison visiting hours’ at high security jail
- Visitors at HMP Frankland, Durham, claim they were sat next to Huntley, 45
- Prison Service spokesman said mixing during visiting is ‘unavoidable’
- Jail also home to Milly Dowler killer Levi Bellfield, Russell Bishop, Peter Sutcliffe
Child killer Ian Huntley is being allowed to mix with children during prison visiting hours, criminals’ relatives have claimed.
The Soham murderer, 45, is serving a minimum of 40 years behind bars at HMP Frankland in County Durham for the murders of Hollie Wells and Jessica Chapman.
But visitors to the jail have claimed Huntley, who later confessed to child sex crimes, was placed right next to them and their children when they went to see their loved ones.
A man who took his five-year-old son to see a family member at the prison told The Sun: ‘As I sat down, there he was, right next to us. I was furious.
‘Who on earth thinks putting a paedophile serving a sentence for killing children into a room with young kids is a good idea?’
A Prison Service spokesman told MailOnline child killers and sex offenders being ‘around’ during visiting periods at a high security jail like Frankland is ‘unavoidable’.
Soham murderer Ian Huntley, 45 (left) is serving a minimum of 40 years behind bars at HMP Frankland in County Durham for the murders of Hollie Wells and Jessica Chapman (right)
Ian Huntley is serving a life term at HMP Frankland in County Durham (pictured from above)
They stressed that all visits are closely supervised at all times and that the policy was brought in years ago by a previous governor.
Huntley and other paedophiles used to be segregated for visits, but now rules allegedly permit him to be around young children for as long as two hours.
Milly Dowler’s murder Levi Bellfield, 51, Babes In The Wood killer Russell Bishop, 52, and the Yorkshire Ripper Peter Sutcliffe, 72, are also locked up at the prison.
The rule change could mean all three are allowed to be around youngsters when they are brought to visit relatives.
The enraged father wrote to prison bosses to complain and received a response explaining the changes were made to ensure all prisoners were ‘treated equally’.
Officials said they take safety extremely seriously, but other inmates and their family and friends on the outside are believed to be furious.
Milly Dowler’s murder Levi Bellfield (left), 51, Babes In The Wood killer Russell Bishop, 52, and the Yorkshire Ripper Peter Sutcliffe (left), 72, are also locked up at HMP Frankland
It was recently claimed that schoolboy Rhys Jones’s killer is ‘making a lot of money’ from dealing drugs at the same prison.
Babes In The Wood killer Russell Bishop is another Frankland prisoner
Sean Mercer, 29, is believed to be the ‘drugs kingpin inside’ HMP Frankland, County Durham – managing the distribution of spice, heroin and cocaine, through fear and intimidation, a senior prison source has claimed.
His gang is also thought to control much of the contraband trade inside the prison.
A source told the Daily Star Mercer’s gang charges up to £100 for an A4 size sheet of paper soaked in the drug spice.
Inmate Huntley’s victims Holly and Jessica went missing from a family barbecue in the Cambridgeshire village of Soham on August 4, 2002.
Huntley had lured the girls to his house and murdered them before dumping their bodies in a remote ditch.
He was a caretaker at the local Soham Village College, was arrested after the girls’ bodies were discovered 13 days later.
During a two-week appeal to find the girls, Huntley gave TV interviews and joined in searches while his then-girlfriend Maxine Carr gave him a false alibi.
He was jailed for life in 2005. Carr was jailed for perverting the course of justice. She was released in 2004 with a new identity.
Visitors to the jail have claimed Huntley (pictured), who later confessed to child sex crimes, was placed right next to them and their children when they went to see their loved ones
Chilling and calculated: How Soham killer Ian Huntley courted the media after murdering his schoolgirl victims
Schoolgirls Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman, both 10, had been at a family barbecue on 4 August 2002, when they went to walk to a nearby shop for sweets.
It was the last time their families saw them alive.
Over the coming two weeks, their parents made appeals for their safe return while Cambridgeshire Police launched one of the biggest inquiries ever mounted. Hundreds of people volunteered to help support the effort.
Throughout, Huntley, a caretaker at Soham Village Collage, and his partner, their teaching assistant, Maxine Carr, gave endless media interviews appealing for the safe return of ‘two of the brightest, loveliest little girls in the world’.
Carr even showed off an end-of-term card the girls had sent her, covered in loving comments and kisses.
A wan-faced Huntley repeatedly spoke of how he was the last person to see the girls before their apparent disappearance. He also helped organised community events to help the search effort.
The truth was that he had lured the girls into the home he shared with Carr, as they passed by.
He has never fully revealed what took place there, but within an hour both girls were dead.
Then he hid their bodies near RAF Lakenheath in Suffolk, six miles away, and later returned to set fire to them
In court, he would lamely claim that he accidentally knocked Holly into a filled bath while helping her deal with a nosebleed, and she drowned.
When Jessica began to scream he insisted he ‘accidentally’ strangled her while stifling her cries.
Carr, although not implicated in the murder, gave him an alibi insisting she was with him.
When he and Carr finally faced trial in December 2003, Huntley was sentenced to two life terms, with a minimum 40-year tariff.
Carr received a three-and-a-half-year sentence for perverting the course of justice. She was released after 21 months in May 2004, given a new identity and has since had a child of her own.
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