Fury at bombshell report into EIGHT missed chances to stop monster Joseph McCann carry out string of sex attacks – The Sun

BUNGLING probation staff missed EIGHT chances to keep monster Joseph McCann in jail, The Sun can reveal.

It meant the beast, now 35, was freed to carry out eight rapes in a two-week reign of terror – including one on a boy aged just 11.

The staggering blunders are revealed in a secret report obtained by The Sun and set to be published by justice chiefs later today.

And we can disclose it shows a series of incredible failures by probation officers meant to be monitoring McCann's risk.

Sources have described the dossier, known as a Serious Further Offence (SFO) review, as "utterly damning".

A copy of the damning 57-page report lays bare how staff failed to carry out proper risk assessments on McCann.


It reveals how probation staff failed to act on warnings from courts and prison staff that McCann should be recalled to jail.

And it shows how one probation office tasked with dealing with his case were so overworked some staff were recorded as being "100 per cent over their capacity".

Ministers are now set to ask Justin Russell, the Chief Inspector of Probation, to carry out his own independent review.

Victims of McCann reacted with fury today as horrific details of the case emerged.

One blasted: “This coward should not have even been walking the streets at the time these offences happened, but was only doing so as a result of an outrageous and avoidable failure in the justice system."

McCann, a traveller from Aylesbury, Bucks, was given an imprisonment for public protection (IPP) sentence in 2008 after holding a knife to the throat of an 85-year-old man during a burglary.

He completed rehab programmes in jail and was released on licence in 2017 – but breached the terms of his release when he burgled another house.

It should have seen McCann recalled to prison, giving the Parole Board the final say on when he should go free again.

But because probation officials did not flag his IPP sentence to the board, McCann was automatically released after serving just 18 months of a three-year jail term for burglary.

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