Mother of hate crime victim 'let down' by parole board

Sophie Lancaster was killed in a hate crime, when she and her boyfriend were attacked by a gang in a park in Lancashire in 2007. Now one of her boyfriend's attackers is out of jail and allowed to visit Rossendale where the attack took place.

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Justice Secretary asks officials to reconsider terms of Sophie hate crime parole

Probation officials have told the mother of Sophie Lancaster that the Justice Secretary is asking the Parole Board to reconsider their decision over a hate crime attacker.

Danny Hulme was one of the gang who targeted Sophie and her boyfriend in a park in Bacup in 2007. The couple were attacked because they were goths. He is now out of prison and allowed to visit Rossendale, where the attack happened.

Sylvia Lancaster exclusively told ITV News that an official broke the news to her last night. She is incensed because she was assured that Hulme would not be permitted to return to the area for at least 10 years.

Sophie died after two teenagers stamped repeatedly on her head, as she tried to protect her boyfriend from an assault.

Hulme was convicted of grievous bodily harm against Sophie's boyfriend. A court heard he played no part in her killing.

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