- Luke hosted a debate in Westminster Hall on early release of Vanessa George
- He reiterated his call for the case to be urgently reviewed
- Luke called for Police to re-open investigations into cases where Vanessa George is the sole or principal suspect that were not on the original charge sheet
Luke held a debate in Westminster hall on the early release of serial child abuser, Vanessa George.
Vanessa George was sentenced in December 2009, charged with abusing babies and toddlers in her care while she worked at Little Ted’s nursery in Laira, Plymouth.
Luke reiterated his calls the case to be urgently reviewed, that every step is taken to make sure she remains behind bars at least for the entire childhood of the children she abused. He questioned the minister responsible Robert Buckland, on whether there are any cases where Vanessa George was the sole or primary suspect were charges haven’t been laid and could be. If so, this could see Vanessa George remain in prison.
He was joined by South West Devon MP, Gary Streeter, who spoke in support of Luke.
Luke Pollard said:
“Most of the children who were abused still don’t know about it but that doesn’t mean they don’t carry scars from the assaults. The accounts of how children lived with the consequences of assault on their tiny bodies will haunt me, and I can only imagine the weight on the families who dealt with them. The system let these children down once, we must not let them down a second time.
And as for the parents, to them I want to say that they have shown such bravery and courage throughout all of this. News of the early release has reopened old wounds and brought back horrors that no parent should experience. I am in awe of your tenacity. Plymouth is proud of you.”