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The Parole Board "deeply regrets the circumstances" which led to the murder of Cherylee

In a statement, the Parole Board said O’Hara was serving a life sentence when the Board reviewed his case in February 2012 and made a decision to direct his release.

The organisation has pledged a review will examine the decision to release O'Hara from jail.

The Parole Board deeply regrets the circumstances which led to the murder of Cherylee Shennan by Paul O’Hara.

"In cases such as this one, the Board is committed to doing everything it can to learn the lessons that will help to prevent further tragedies.

"To this end, the Parole Board has a Review Committee which includes two senior independent figures to identify any lessons that need to be learned for the future."

– Parole Board statement

The Board said it makes its decisions by "assessing the risk the prisoner presents to the public".

It may only direct the release of a life sentence prisoner "if it is satisfied that it is no longer necessary for them to be detained in order to protect the public from harm".

The Parole Board takes its responsibility to protect the public extremely seriously.

"Parole Board members are appointed through a rigorous assessment process and provided with intensive training to undertake the role.

"When deciding whether or not to release a prisoner, the protection of the public is always their primary concern."

– Parole Board statement

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Whole life sentence for O'Hara

Cherylee's family "torn apart and tormented"

In a statement released by Lancashire Police, the family of Cherylee Shennan said:

"Our family has been torn apart and tormented by this tragedy and our lives will never be the same again.

"Cherylee will always be loved and we will hold cherished memories forever in our hearts.

"She will never be forgotten by her family, friends and all that knew her."

– Shennan family statement

The family said Cherylee was a "precious and much-loved" mum, daughter to Betty and Tommy and special step-daughter to Karen and Johnny, sister to Chiyvonne, Ellen, Jordan, Declan and Toni and special aunty to Keilan.

She was a life-long partner to Graham and adoring owner of her five beloved Akita dogs Chan, Diva, Billy, Trooper and Mia.

She was easy to get along with and used to be laughing all the time, everything was a joke even when she used her family as guinea pigs for her potions at her beauty salon, she was very clever and owned her own businesses, a beauty salon and furniture shop.

"She loved to experiment with cooking and was famous for her cheesecake and bonfire night food which was fabulous.

"Everyone would go to Chez when they had a problem or anything and wanted guidance and she was always there, now this has been taken away from us all."

– Shennan family statement

Whole life sentence for freed killer who knifed woman in the street in Rawtenstall

Police said Cherylee was murdered in a "truly horrendous incident". Credit: Lancashire Police

A man has been sentenced to a whole life prison term after pleading guilty to murdering his former partner in a knife attack outside her home.

Convicted murderer Paul O’Hara, 43, admitted the murder of businesswoman Cherylee Shennan just months after he was freed from jail.

Ms Shannan was knifed 40 times outside her home at Hardman Avenue, Rawtenstall

O’Hara, of Honiton Close, Heywood, was jailed for murder in 1998 and released in 2013.

He admitted the murder of Ms Shannan when he appeared at Preston Crown Court earlier today.

He also admitted charges of section 18 wounding and assault with intent to resist arrest relating to attacks on police officers who had been called to the address.

O’Hara was today given a full life term for the murder of Ms Shennan, who owned a furniture store and a beauty salon.

He was also jailed for ten years for the attack on Det Sgt Damien McAllister and two years for the assault on DC Karen Kenworthy. These will run concurrent to the whole life term.

O’Hara was jailed for life at Preston Crown Court. Credit: Lancashire Police

Ms Shennan, 40, of Hardman Lane, was attacked and killed in the street outside her home on the afternoon of Monday, March 17.

She died at the scene.

A post mortem examination showed she died of multiple stab wounds.

O’Hara was arrested nearby a short time later.

Detective Supt Eddie Thistlethwaite, of Lancashire Constabulary’s Force Major Investigation Team, led the inquiry.

He said: “This was a truly horrendous incident which cost a young woman her life.

“O’Hara is a predatory and violent individual who manipulated his victims including Cherylee, praying on their craving for love and attention.

"He has shown no or little remorse throughout this process and his actions fully justify the sentence which has been imposed.

“I would like to thank the Crown Prosecution Service and Counsel for all their hard work which has resulted in today’s guilty pleas.

"O’Hara’s admission has at least spared the families the ordeal of having to re-live these tragic events through a trial.

“I would also like to praise the bravery of all police officers, PCSOs, and paramedics who attended what was a horrific scene.

"Special thanks must go to Detective Sergeant Damien McAlister and Detective Constable Karen Kenworthy who fought with O’Hara in the vain attempt to save the life of Cherylee.

“Our thoughts and prayers remain with the family and friends of Cherylee. They have shown enormous dignity and bravery throughout this ordeal.”

Sentencing, the recorder of Preston, Judge Russell QC, commended the bravery of Det Sgt McAllister and DC Kenworthy.

Thieves target pensioner's life savings

Police released this picture in the hunt for the thieves. Credit: Lancashire Police

Police are appealing for information after thieves stole an elderly man’s life savings in Accrington.

The theft happened on Tuesday, April 29, when three offenders called at the address of the 79-year-old victim and told him his roof needed to be repaired and gutters cleaned at a cost of £300.

Do you recognise this van? Credit: Lancashire Police

The victim reluctantly agreed to a price of £300 and the offenders started to clean the guttering.

Minutes later the offenders then told the victim that the price would be more than £300 as further work needed to be carried out.

Police want to speak to the owners of this van. Credit: Lancashire Police

The victim went to his bedroom to remove the money from his safe when he was called downstairs by one of the offenders and taken outside to show the victim what further work they planned on carrying out.

When the victim was outside with one offender one of the others went upstairs and found the safe still open with the victims life savings of around £8000 and stole it.

All offenders then left immediately saying they would come back after lunch but failed to return at all.

Anyone with information should contact police on 101 quoting log number 0413 of Tuesday, April 29, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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Police searching for missing Burnley teenager find a body

Declan Edwards Credit: Lancashire Police

Police searching for missing Burnley teenager Declan Edwards have found a body.

The body was found by officers shortly after 4pm this afternoon in woodland at Rowley Park.

Formal identification has not yet taken place but police believe the body to be Declan's.

Police say the death is not being treated as suspicious.

Police search continues for missing Burnley teen Declan

Declan Edwards Credit: Lancashire Police

Police investigating the disappearance of a teenager from Burnley have carried out an underwater search of a lake.

Declan Edwards, 16, was last seen at Towneley Park on Sunday 4th May.

Police say the search of the lake in the park was routine and they have no information to suggest he has come to any harm.

Lancashire police helicopter and dog unit has also been out looking for Declan.

Declan is described as 6ft1, slim build with straight short blond hair.

He was last seen wearing a grey Nike sweat shirt and grey Nike jogging bottoms and white and pink Nike trainers.

Inspector Hassan Khan, of Burnley Police, said:

“Declan has not been seen since the weekend and this is completely out of character for him.

We are growing increasingly concerned about him and I would appeal for anyone who sees him or knows where he might be to get in touch.

I would also appeal to Declan himself to contact us if he sees this appeal just to let us know he is safe.

“We are doing all we can to find Declan and have a large number of officers involved in the search for him.

I’d like to thank the local community for all the support they have given us in both sharing the media appeal and in physically helping with the searches.

I know Declan’s family are very grateful.”

Concern grows for missing Declan from Burnley

Declan Edwards 16 missing since Sunday Credit: ITV Granada Reports

Police say they're growing increasingly concerned about a teenager who's gone missing from Burnley. 16-year-old Declan Edwards was last seen in Towneley Park on Sunday afternoon. A search team of volunteers have been out in the area looking for him.

Burnley teenager missing from home

Declan Edwards was last seen on Sunday. Credit: Lancashire Police

Police are appealing for information about the whereabouts of a teenager who has gone missing.

Declan Edwards, 16, was last seen by a friend in Towneley Park in Burnley at about 2pm on Sunday.

Declan is described as white, 6-ft 1-ins tall, slim build, with straight short blond hair.

He was last seen wearing a grey Nike sweat shirt and grey Nike jogging bottoms and white and pink Nike trainers.

He may also be in possession of a black coloured, lightweight jacket with yellow coloured Lyle and Scott motif on the front.

Sgt Leah Rice, of Lancashire Police, said: “Declan has not been seen for a couple of days and this is out of character for him, we are growing increasingly concerned about him and I would appeal for anyone who sees him or knows where he might be to get in touch.

"I would also appeal to Declan himself to contact us if he sees this appeal just to let us know he is safe.”

Anyone with information should contact Lancashire Police.

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