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Tory MP: Whoever let the 'Skull Cracker' out is a 'berk'

Conservative backbencher Philip Davies said that whoever had allowed Wheatley out of prison was "a berk" and questioned why he was in an open prison in the first place.

It is completely ludicrous that a serving life sentence prisoner is even in an open prison where they can simply walk out.

As far as I am concerned whoever allowed him to be in an open prison should be sacked, it is a complete disgrace.

The top priority for the prison service should be the protection of the public.

Justice Secretary Chris Grayling needs to put in charge of the prison service someone who will see protection of the public as a top priority.

– MP for Shipley in West Yorkshire - Philip Davies

A Prison Service spokesman has said:"This is now a matter for the police and we are supporting them in their investigation.

"We are toughening up the release on temporary licence scheme so that prisoners will be subject to stricter risk assessments and tagged."