Nottingham

Rape attempt prompts inquiry into Shaun Tudor's release

Shaun Edward Tudor
Image caption Shaun Tudor is due to be sentenced next month

Police have said they are "extremely concerned" a man who attempted to rape a 10-year-old Nottinghamshire boy had been allowed out of care.

At Nottingham Crown Court, Shaun Edward Tudor, 43, of no fixed abode, admitted the attack near Rainworth on 20 July.

Tudor had been treated for mental health problems for more than 20 years and was moved to a specialist unit in Mansfield eight months ago.

The force has now asked for a review of why he was on unescorted leave.

Tudor also pleaded guilty to sexually touching the boy in woodland near Third Avenue.

Tudor, who has Asperger's and learning difficulties, had been under hospital orders since 1988 when he assaulted a boy in Birmingham, the court heard.

'No repetition'

The BBC understands he was on authorised unescorted leave from the St Andrew's facility at the time of the attack.

Supt Richard Fretwell said: "Nottinghamshire Police are extremely concerned that Shaun Tudor was at large in the community when this tragic and serious offence took place.

"In view of that, we have formally requested the appropriate governing bodies of St Andrew's Healthcare undertake a comprehensive review of the circumstances of this incident to establish the full facts.

"We are also working with the management of St Andrew's to ensure there is no repetition in the future and have reviewed the working practices and daily arrangements to ensure the safety of patients, staff and the wider community.

"A thorough assessment of the patients at St Andrew's has also been completed."

A Ministry of Justice spokesperson said: "Any decision to allow leave is only taken after a full risk assessment.

'Extensive testing'

"In making such decisions, the safety of victims and their families is paramount and their concerns are taken carefully into account.

"Unescorted leave is only authorised following extensive testing on escorted community leave.

"Permission for leave is given to the responsible clinician, who has discretion to authorise individual episodes of leave. This incident will now be reviewed by the local NHS Commissioner."

St Andrew's Healthcare, a not for profit charity, said an external investigation would be carried out by external authorities along with an independent internal inquiry, but declined to comment further.

Sentencing of Tudor was adjourned until 30 September pending psychiatric reports.

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