Paedophile care home boss John Allen jailed for life

Former children's home boss John Allen has been handed a life sentence after being convicted of abusing 19 children in his care. The 73-year-old must serve a minimum of 11 years before he can be considered for release.

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NSPCC: John Allen 'created atmosphere of terror'

A paedophile care home boss was able to evade justice for so long because he "created an atmosphere of terror where no one was able to oppose him", children's charity the NSPCC said today.

John Allen's reign of terror over a dark period of several decades puts him high up the scale of the most prolific child abusers of recent times and his sentence quite rightly reflects the severity of his despicable crimes.

Instead of nurturing the vulnerable children in his care he abused his power and subjected them to constant, horrendous sexual attacks. His manipulative and devious behaviour allowed him to hide behind a shroud of respectability while his helpless victims suffered intense emotional trauma.

– Jon Brown, NSPCC

The NSPCC's free helpline number is 0808 800 5000. Children can also call ChildLine on 0800 1111.

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