AN MP has urged the Parole Board to take extra care examining whether a serial rapist should be freed from jail, a week after the decision to free another serial sex offender caused uproar.

Sedgefield MP Phil Wilson described the crimes of as “unspeakable” Antoni Imiela, who hails from Newton Aycliffe, and is appealing to the Parole Board to be “absolutely sure” of the decision that will be made.

In March 2004, railway worker Antoni Imiela, now 63 and dubbed the M25 rapist, was given seven life sentences at Maidstone Crown Court for a series of stranger rapes across the Home Counties against women and girls as young as ten.

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Any hearing to decide Imiela's parole is unlikely to take place in the next six months.

Last week it emerged that cabbie John Worboys - who was jailed indefinitely in 2009, with a minimum term of eight years, for drugging and sexually assaulting women passengers - would be freed.

Some of his victims were not told of his imminent release, prompting an apology from the chairman of the Parole Board, while a review into how the board makes its decisions has been launched.

“I can understand after the case of John Worboys that it is a real concern to people, communities, victims and their families,” he said. “The Parole Board has got to be very very certain of what they are doing when considering him for release.

“I think there would be a public outcry if they get this wrong.

“I know that the Probation Service has been privatised – it is over stretched and they don’t have the staff to look after people who have committed lesser crimes, never mind someone like this who is a high risk criminal.”

A spokesman for the Parole Board said: "We can confirm that the Ministry of Justice has referred the case of Antoni Imiela for a parole review.

"The review is following the standard six-month process for all indeterminate sentence prisoners and will be reviewed on the papers in the first instance.

"The review may be concluded on the papers or alternatively it may be directed to an oral hearing."