A man who was at the scene of the murder of three unarmed policemen has told ITV News it is a "disgrace" that one of the men responsible for their murders is being released from prison.
Glen Hazell, who was 11, was playing with friends in Shepherd's Bush when Harry Roberts and two associates opened fire on the officers in 1966.
The Parole Board today announced that Roberts, who was handed a life sentence, will be released after serving 48 years, a decision that has sparked fury among police groups.
"I don't think he should be allowed anywhere near the public...it's a disgrace," he told ITV News Senior Correspondent Emma Murphy.
Harry Roberts opened fire on three unarmed police officers after they pulled over his van ahead of an armed robbery near Wormwood Scrubs Prison in 1966.
The murders of PC Geoffrey Roger Fox, 41, Detective Constable David Stanley Bertram Wombwell, 30, and Detective Sargent Christopher Tippet Head, 25 shocked the nation.
Roberts went on the the run for more than 90 days and was eventually found in Hertfordshire following a huge manhunt.
The judge who jailed Roberts described it was "the most heinous crime for a generation or more", and warned that he could spend the rest of his life behind bars.
But Roberts, now 78, could be released within days after approval by the Parole Board.
The decision to release Harry Roberts is a "slap in the face" for the families of his victims, the head of the police federation said.
In a statement to ITV News, Steve White, Chair of the Police Federation of England and Wales, said he was "appalled" by the Parole Board's ruling, adding that officers felt "badly let down".
I am appalled to learn that police killer, Harry Roberts, is being released from prison.
Let’s not forget, this menace murdered three unarmed police officers in cold blood and it is abhorrent news.
This decision by the parole board is a slap in the face for the families of the three police officers he brutally murdered who, once again, are forced to re-live their pain and loss.
It will spark fury among everyone in the police family who will feel badly let down.
This is a betrayal of the police officers who died.
Police killer Harry Roberts is to be released from prison after more than 45 years behind bars.
Roberts, now 78, was handed a life sentence for the murder of three policemen in Shepherd's Bush, west London, in 1966. His 30-year minimum tariff expired 18 years ago.
The Parole Board is understood to have approved his release and he will be subject to close monitoring by police and the Probation Service.
Detective Sergeant Christopher Head, 30, Detective Constable David Wombwell, 25, and Pc Geoffrey Fox, 41, were shot dead without warning while questioning three suspects in a van on August 12, 1966.
A Ministry of Justice spokesman said: "We do not comment on individuals.
"The release of life sentence prisoners is directed by the independent Parole Board once they are satisfied they can be safely managed in the community. Once released they are subject to strict controls for as long as their risk requires them. If they fail to comply with these conditions they can be immediately returned to prison.
"Offenders managed through Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA) are monitored and supervised by probation, police and other agencies."
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