Second force had report on Huntley

A police report warning that Ian Huntley was a "serial sex attacker" would have been revealed if Lincolnshire Police had been asked for a vetting check, the Soham inquiry heard.

However it is impossible to know whether Cambridgeshire Police, who checked Huntley for his job as a school caretaker, ever asked.

The revelation came on the final day of the Bichard Inquiry which is investigating how Huntley slipped through the net for his post at Soham Village College, despite a string of previous sex allegations.

The now infamous intelligence report was written by Humberside officer Pc Michael Harding in July 1999 after he spotted Huntley had been linked with four separate rape allegations during his time in Grimsby in the 1990s.

It warned he targeted certain women who would make unreliable witnesses and was a "serial sex attacker".

It was written three years before Huntley murdered 10-year-olds Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman.

Humberside's copy of the report was deleted by the force a year after it was submitted and the fact it ever existed only emerged during the inquiry earlier this month.

But Lincolnshire was also sent a copy of the report and its data protection officer, Colin Knowles, confirmed it was on their files until January 2002.

Counsel to the inquiry James Eadie said the significance of the fact the record was in existence in December 2001, when Huntley was being vetted, would not have escaped the witnesses' attention.

Mr Knowles said had they been asked, the report would have been flagged up and they would have directed Cambridgeshire to Humberside, where the alleged rapes had taken place.

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