Reviews follow Rainworth sex assault case

NOTTINGHAMSHIRE Police say they are ‘extremely concerned’ a man who sexually assaulted a 10-year-old Rainworth boy had been allowed out of a mental health unit.

At Nottingham Crown Court yesterday (Thursday 4th August) Shaun Tudor (43) of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to the attempted rape of a child aged under 13 and sexual touching of a child aged under 13.

The attack took place in woodland close to Rainworth, on Wednesday 20 July.

Sentencing was adjourned pending reports and Tudor has been remanded into custody until 30th September.

Tudor had been staying at the St Andrew’s Healthcare unit at Sherwood Oaks Business Park.

After the hearing supt Richard Fretwell said: “Nottinghamshire Police are extremely concerned that Shaun Tudor was at large in the community when this tragic and serious offence took place.

“In view of that, we have formally requested the appropriate governing bodies of St Andrew’s Healthcare to undertake a comprehensive review of the circumstances of this incident to establish the full facts. “

Chad understands Tudor was on authorised unescorted leave from the unit when the attack took place.

Added Supt Fretwell: “We are also working with the management of St Andrew’s to ensure there is no repetition in the future and have reviewed the working practices and daily arrangements to ensure the safety of patients, staff and the wider community. A thorough assessment of the patients at St Andrew’s has also been completed.

“We fully understand the concerns of the community, but it is vitally important that the obvious emotions do not lead to any unlawful activity.

“We urge people to remain calm and let the criminal justice process and the requested review run its course.

“The safety of all our community members remains the number one priority for us and if anyone has any concerns then they are urged to contact the local police who are, and continue, to work alongside the community.

“This was a traumatic experience for the victim and his family, who now have to deal with what happened. They will not however have to be put through the ordeal of a trial.”

-For more on this story see next Wednesday’s edition of Chad (10th August).