Justice secretary, David Gauke, has congratulated victims and criticised the parole board following a successful legal challenge today prevented serial rapist John Worboys from being released from prison.
“I welcome today’s judgment and congratulate the victims who brought this unprecedented legal action.
“I want to take this opportunity reiterate my heartfelt sympathy for all they, and the other victims, have suffered as a result of Worboys’ hideous crimes,” began the statement posted on the GOV.uk website.
Gauke confirmed that he will bring forward proposals for parole board decisions to be challenged, and finished by saying: “I will make a statement to Parliament this afternoon and set out our response to the judgment – and our next steps – in more detail.”
Parole board chair, Nick Hardwick, resigned after being told his position was “untenable” following the ruling. Read his statement here