Teesside child killer's appeal for open prison

Image caption, Paul Pearson was abducted on an allotment in 1991

The family of a Teesside boy murdered in 1991 are campaigning to keep his killer behind bars.

In 1991, Paul Pearson, seven, was abducted, sexually assaulted and strangled at an allotment in Saltburn.

Richard Blenkey, who was 33 at the time, admitted the murder and was jailed for life.

But now Paul's family have learned he has appealed to go to an open prison and are campaigning against his release.

The orginal hearing heard how Blenkey lured Paul into his chicken hut on his allotment, stripped him, sexually assaulted him and strangled the youngster.

Paul's naked body was found the following day in a 50ft ravine and two days later Blenkey was arrested.

Blenkey had a previous conviction dating back to 1978, involving the abduction of a young boy in Lingdale. That boy managed to escape.

Image caption, Richard Blenkey was jailed for the murder in 1992

Although never charged with a sexual offence against Paul, Mr Justice Blofeld, said that Blenkey had a "morbid interest in young boys."

Blenkey admitted the murder and was jailed for life on October 26, 1992.

In a statement on their website Paul's parents, Ken Pearson and Julie Tilley, said: "Our family are campaigning for the offender to receive a longer incarceration.

"According to our police sources, for the first several years of his prison sentence he showed no remorse for his actions.

"The family strongly believes that if the offender is permitted to live freely in society again there will be another young victim and another family shattered."

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