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Inquiry set for Huntley hearings
Ian Huntley
Huntley was hired despite prior accusations against him
A date has been set for the start of an inquiry into how Soham killer Ian Huntley got a school job despite being the subject of sex-related allegations.

The Bichard Inquiry has announced that it will begin the hearings on 26 February.

Huntley was convicted in December of the murder of Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman.

He had previously faced accusations of rape, indecent acts and underage sex in Grimsby on Humberside.

Huntley was investigated by the police on several occasions but was not stopped from joining Soham Village College in Cambridgeshire by those responsible for vetting prospective staff.

Sir Michael Bichard, a former civil servant, will examine how police intelligence was handled, the vetting practices used and why information had not been shared between agencies that dealt with Huntley.

The inquiry is to hear about events which took place in Humberside and Cambridgeshire.

Representatives from the Home Office and child protection agencies are among those scheduled to testify.

Part of the inquiry's remit will be to make recommendations for future vetting.

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