Paedophile policeman who was ‘every parent’s worst nightmare’ back on streets


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Daniel Lishman, 47, has been moved to an open prison after serving less than 11 years of his life sentence – victim Amy Hannah, 23, has slammed the decision and said the monster never showed any remorse

Daniel Lishman pictured in 2010 arriving for sentencing at Warwick Crown Court
Daniel Lishman pictured in 2010 arriving for sentencing at Warwick Crown Court

Victims of a paedophile policeman have blasted a decision to move him to an open prison – and let him walk the streets.

Daniel Lishman has served less than 11 years of a life sentence for abusing 13 people but is applying for parole.

After leaving the police he posed as a cop to assault two girls and used jobs as a TV licence officer and mobile dog groomer to attack others.

Now a report obtained by the Sunday People shows the 47-year-old has been moved to an open prison and has “spent a large number of days in the community (on release from the open prison)” including two overnight stays.

Tonight one victim – eight at the time she was attacked – said: “He’s taken away the childhood of too many and he definitely doesn’t deserve parole.”

Amy Hannah, 23, who has waived her right to anonymity to sound the alarm over vile Lishman’s release plans, added: “What scares me about the thought of him ­coming out of prison is the way he preyed on his victims.

Victim Amy Hannah was aged eight when Lishman abused her
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“It wasn’t one particular type and it wasn’t an isolated incident.

“It went on for many years and he never showed any remorse.”

Amy’s mother added: “He will always be a danger. Having been a policeman, he can tell the authorities what they want to hear. The judge said he was conniving, calculated and manipulative, he was every parent’s worst nightmare.

“I don’t think he will ever change and he certainly doesn’t deserve a new life.

“Who will be watching him now he’s entitled to go out and about?

“If the Parole Board was to contact me, I would happily stand in front of them and tell them that he shouldn’t ever be released.”

Lishman, of Raunds, Northamptonshire, served with the county’s police force as a regular and special constable between 1995 and 2002.

Amy, now 23, said the sicko showed no remorse for his actions
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His offences included one of rape and 12 of sexual assault between 2001 and 2010.

The victims were both male and female and aged eight to 24. Three had disabilities or learning difficulties.

One woman claimed police could have prevented his nine-year reign of terror in 2001 when she told them she was raped after accepting a lift in his patrol car.

Lishman was booted out of his job but never charged over the complaint.

He was finally caught after attacking a 12-year-old girl while pretending to check a boiler at a house in Southam, Warwickshire.

Lishman was also convicted of having hundreds of sexual images of children.

Police linked him to string of other offences after finding a camera memory card hidden in one of his socks.

One photo showed him posing indecently near an eight-year-old girl, who had been blindfolded in the back of his dog-grooming van.

The judge who jailed the beast in January 2011 said Lishman had left many victims too scared to go out and had led parents to wrongly blame themselves for what happened.

Sex killer Colin Pitchfork was thrown back into prison when he was caught “sidling up to girls in the street” following his controversial release on parole
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Judge Peter Carr ruled he must serve at least 11 years before being considered for parole and told him: “You are in my view an intelligent but also cunning, devious and extremely plausible man.”

Lishman had a Parole Board hearing on October 14 but release was refused. He appealed but was turned down.

The Parole Board’s Daniel Bunting dismissed the monster’s appeal because he “had only had two periods of overnight leave” and “further overnight testing was required”.

Lishman will not be able to reapply for parole until the new year. A Parole Board spokesman said: “Lishman was recommended for a move to open conditions in 2019 and this was his first review following that decision.

“A move to open conditions involves testing the prisoner’s readiness for any potential return into the community.

“Prisoners moved to open conditions can be returned to closed conditions if there is concern about their behaviour.

“Parole reviews are undertaken thoroughly and with extreme care. Protecting the public is our number one priority.”

Our story comes just a month after notorious sex killer Colin Pitchfork was thrown back into prison when he was caught “sidling up to girls in the street” following his controversial release on parole two months earlier.

And it follows uproar at the case of perverted police officer Wayne Couzens – who got a whole-life jail term in September. Couzens used his Met ID to stage the fake arrest of Sarah Everard, 33, who he raped and murdered.

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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