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  Holly and Jessica
Who were Holly and Jessica?
Who is Ian Huntley?
Who is Maxine Carr?
Holly and Jessica: timeline of events
The verdict and sentencing
Ian Huntley's history
What happens next?
Why you shouldn't worry too much
Tips for staying safe

 
Ian Huntley had been linked with crimes in the past Ian Huntley's history
During Ian Huntley's trial, information about his past had to be kept private, so he was only judged on the evidence in this case.

When the trial finished that information was revealed, and it showed that Huntley had been investigated for a string of offences against teenagers and children.

  • August 1995 - Huntley, then 21, is investigated by police and social services for being in a relationship with a 15-year-old girl. No further action is taken.
  • November 1995 - Huntley is arrested and charged with burglary, but there isn't enough evidence and the case never goes to court.
  • March 1996 - Huntley is investigated by social services for another relationship with a girl under the age of 16 but the girl said there was no relationship.
  • April 1996 - Huntley is investigated by social services and the police for another relationship with a girl under the age of 16 but the girl said there was no relationship.
  • May 1996 - Huntley is investigated by social services and the police for hurting a girl aged 13. The girl said he hadn't.
  • April 1998 - A woman said that Huntley hurt her but police weren't sure that he had done.
  • May 1998 - A woman said that Huntley hurt her and police charged him for it, but there wasn't enough evidence for a court case.
  • July 1998 - A girl told police that a man called Ian hurt her when she was 10 years old. At the time Huntley was living in a caravan with a 15-year-old girl. The girl was interviewed by police and Huntley was arrested, but there wasn't enough evidence for a court case.
  • May 1999 - A 17-year-old girl told police that Huntley hurt her but police weren't sure that he had done.
  • July 1999 - Becuase of his past, Huntley was spoken to by police after a girl was hurt. The girl later told police it wasn't him.

Anyone who does want to work with children has to be checked by police to make sure they can be trusted around kids.

For Huntley two police forces - Cambridgeshire and Humberside - were asked to make those checks.

In this case some facts seem to have gone unchecked, not helped by Huntley changing his last name to Nixon before applying for the job in Soham.

Had these things been checked properly and the information passed on, Huntley would never have got the job working in Holly and Jessica's school.


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