Britain’s most notorious paedophile Sidney Cooke, 94, appeals to the Parole Board for the TENTH time seeking his release from jail

  • Sidney Cooke, 94, was jailed in 1999 after admitting the abuse of two brothers 
  • Cooke, known as ‘Hissing Sid’ was the leader of a large gang of paedophiles 
  • He was ordered to serve a minimum of five years before being eligible for release
  • Cooke’s nine previous appeals to the Parole Board have all ended in failure  

Paedophile Sidney Cooke, pictured, is making an application to the Parole Board to release him from prison

One of Britain’s oldest prisoners is planning a new attempt to get out of jail on parole having been convicted for a catalogue of sex attacks on two young brothers. 

Sidney Cooke, 94, who is serving life in prison, was jailed for a minimum of five years in 1999, but has been considered a risk to the public so has not been released. 

The Parole Board has so far rejected nine previous release attempts. 

According to The Mirror, his legal team will argue that he is no longer a threat to society due to his age and ill health. 

The panel’s decision will be published 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.’   

Cooke, who was a former fairground worker, was the leader of a gang of paedophiles known as The Dirty Dozen who have been linked to a string of unsolved crimes. 

Cooke – known as ‘Hissing Sid’ – was released from jail in April 1999, after serving nine years for the manslaughter of 14-year-old Jason Swift in 1985.

But after his release he was immediately taken into voluntary custody for his own safety.

But detectives, convinced he was responsible for other similar unsolved crimes, kept his file open.

Within months Cooke was accused of abusing two teenage brothers he befriended while working on fairgrounds more than 30 years ago. He was also accused of the rape of a young woman.

In an unexpected move during his 1999 trial at Manchester Crown Court, Cooke suddenly changed his plea to guilty and admitted ten offences against the youngsters and subsequently received two life sentences. 

Cooke has been held in HMP Wakefield since 1999 after he was jailed for life for sexually abusing two brothers. He was ordered to serve a minimum of five years before being eligible for release. However, the Parole Board has rejected his application for release on nine occasions

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