Prolific Alderbury paedophile has prison sentence increased

Peter Daniels Alderbury (Wiltshire Police)

Published by Ellie Harries at 2:23pm 12th June 2019. (Updated at 3:55pm 12th June 2019)

Peter Daniels has been told his original tariff was 'unduly lenient'.

The 70-year-old, formerly of Eyres Drive in Alderbury but now at HMP Isle of Wight, will serve a minimum of 12 years after pleading guilty to 78 charges of child sex abuse.

All those offences took place between 2008 and 2017 in South Wiltshire with victims aged from two to 13 years-old.

Daniels was re-sentenced today (12th June) after Wiltshire's Police and Crime Commissioner wrote to the Solicitor General to seek a review of the original sentence.

Winchester Crown Court 6 (Mike Draper)
Peter Daniels was sentenced at Winchester Crown Court

He was originally given six life sentences, although he would only serve nine years in prison before being considered for parole.

INCREASE

Today that sentence has been increased by three years.

PCC Angus Macpherson welcomed the news:

"This result today shows the importance of challenging the courts and appealing sentences when we feel they do not reflect the seriousness of the crimes.

"I believe today's sentence is more proportionate and addresses the scale of Daniels' offending and the lifelong impact this will have had on his many young victims.

"I would like to thank the courts for taking the time to re-examine their original decision and responding so positively to the concerns raised by me on behalf of Wiltshire Police."

Wiltshire Police Chief Constable Kier Pritchard and Wiltshire Police and Crime Commissioner Angus Macpherson
Angus Macpherson and Kier Pritchard

Chief Constable Kier Pritchard said:

"I welcome today's result and this new minimum term.

"Peter Daniels is a prolific offender and the investigation into his crimes was the biggest child sexual exploitation case that Wiltshire Police has dealt with.

"This new sentence handed down today means Daniels will be in his eighties before he is considered for parole and we hope that provides some comfort for his victims, who are still coming to terms with what happened to them."

Kier Pritchard also thanked the hard work of the investigation team on this case.

ADVICE FOR PARENTS

Following the sentencing both Wiltshire Police and Wiltshire Council have called on people to report any concerns they may have about a child's safety.

Jen Salter is head of support and safeguarding, families and children's services at Wiltshire Council - she told Spire FM:

"What we do want is for people to be questioning, and really think about who their children are spending time with and their potential motives.

"So, in this case, why would he want to spend a lot of time with these children? Is he just being kind and helpful, as they saw him, or is there more to this?"

The Council does say it doesn't want parents to be acutely anxious, but if anyone does see something that doesn't feel right, then it probably isn't, and those are the things they want to hear about.

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