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Paedophile nursery worker to be banned from Devon and Cornwall

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A paedophile nursery worker is to be banned from Devon and Cornwall when she is released from prison.

Vanessa George, 49, was jailed indefinitely in 2009 and told to serve a minimum of seven years after taking photographs on her phone of her abusing toddlers at a nursery in Plymouth.

The mother of two is due to be released from prison soon after the parole board concluded she no longer poses a "significant risk to the public".

George will be subjected to "strict licence conditions" and an "unusually large exclusion zone", including not being allowed to return to the West Country.

In an open letter to the people of Plymouth, chief probation officer Sonia Crozier said: "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.

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"The fact she so callously exploited a position of trust to commit these crimes makes them all the more horrifying.

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"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.

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"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."

Image: George was jailed indefinitely in 2009 and told to serve a minimum of seven years

Following the decision to release George, a local MP said it was a "kick in the teeth" to the victims and wrote to the justice secretary calling for an "urgent review".

Luke Pollard, MP for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport, said: "Vanessa George's crimes against children in Plymouth cannot be forgotten and it's very hard to forgive her for them."

"I know I can't and that's why her release from jail is a kick in the teeth for our city and all her victims.

During George's sentencing in 2009, Mr Justice Royce told her she had "plumbed new depths of depravity" by abusing those in her care.

The "shockwaves" of her maltreatment of babies and toddlers would be felt in every one of the country's nursery schools, thRead More – Source