Britain’s most notorious paedophile will launch a new attempt to get parole next week at the age of 94.
Sidney Cooke is serving life for a catalogue of sex attacks on two young brothers. He was ordered to serve at least five years in 1999 and has been in Wakefield prison ever since.
Cooke will face a Parole Board panel after being rejected nine previous times. He is expected to claim that he is no longer a danger to the public due to his age and ill health.
The panel’s decision will be revealed later this month.
A source said: “Just because he is 94, does not mean he is no longer a danger to the public. You can still pose a risk regardless of age.”
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The last time Cooke was released in 1998, it caused public outcry. He had to wear an electronic tag and was held at a police station for his own protection.
The former fairground worker had been jailed for 16 years in 1989 for killing Jason Swift, 14, who was found in an Essex field.
He was only out briefly before he was jailed again in 1999.
Cooke is one of the so-called Dirty Dozen gang, who have been linked to a series of unsolved crimes. Police believed they could have been involved in 17 other abductions and murders.
Retired detective David Bright said in 2017 he feared children were hidden in graves “around the country” due to the actions of Cooke and others.
He said: “He is an evil, evil man.”
As a lifer, Cooke’s case is considered for review every two years. He will not be eligible for another parole hearing until he is 96.