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Notorious Plymouth paedophile Vanessa George released from prison

Vanessa George. Credit: PA

A female paedophile from Plymouth - described as ‘Britain’s most notorious’ - has been released from prison.

Vanessa George was jailed for seven years in 2009 after admitting abusing young children at the nursery she worked at.

The 48-year-old mum-of-two was part of a wider paedophile ring which involved at least five other adults from across the country.

She was recommended for release from prison by the Parole Board in July after members were satisfied she no longer posed a significant risk to the public.

George, who is banned from entering Devon or Cornwall, was released from prison today (September 18).

Her release has been criticised by Plymouth MPs Luke Pollard and Johnny Mercer.

On Twitter, Conservative MP Mr Mercer described George as a “repugnant individual”.

I have this morning spoken to No10 and asked them to consider including those who do not reveal their victims identities to police, to be included in the review into Sexual and Violent Crime sentencing announced last month announced by the Prime Minister. People in Plymouth feel rightly outraged by some of the circumstances surrounding this individual's release. My thoughts today are with the victims and crucially their families across our City, of this repugnant individual’s crimes.

– Johnny Mercer MP, Plymouth Moor View

Updates to follow.