Jailed Miss Hitler beauty queen Alice Cutter could be freed from jail soon

A former Miss Hitler beauty pageant entrant jailed for being a member of a far-right terrorist group could be freed soon after she was granted a parole hearing.

Alice Cutter, 25, and her ex-partner Mark Jones were imprisoned in June 2020 at Birmingham Crown Court for three years and five-and-a-half years respectively for being members of National Action.

Cutter, then 23, joked about gassing synagogues, using a Jew's head as a football, and exclaiming "Rot in hell, bitch", after hearing of the 2016 murder of MP Jo Cox by far-right sympathiser Thomas Mair.

She entered the Miss Hitler beauty contest as Miss Buchenwald, a reference to the World War 2 death camp.

Cutter denied being a member despite attending the group's rallies, in which banners reading "Hitler was right" were raised.

But now, Cutter, who has served 19 months of a three-year sentence, has been given a parole hearing later this month and could be out by the summer.

A spokesperson for the Parole Board said: "We can confirm the parole review of Alice Cutter has been referred to the Parole Board by the Secretary of State for Justice and is listed for a hearing in late March.

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"Parole Board decisions are solely focused on what risk a prisoner could represent to the public if released and whether that risk is manageable in the community.

"A panel will carefully examine a huge range of evidence, including details of the original crime, and any evidence of behaviour change, as well as explore the harm done and impact the crime has had on the victims.

"Members read and digest hundreds of pages of evidence and reports in the lead up to an oral hearing.

"Evidence from witnesses including probation officers, psychiatrists and psychologists, officials supervising the offender in prison as well as victim personal statements are then given at the hearing.

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"The prisoner and witnesses are then questioned at length during the hearing which often lasts a full day or more. Parole reviews are undertaken thoroughly and with extreme care. Protecting the public is our number one priority."

Cutter is currently being held under closed conditions at HMP New Hall, near the village of Flockton, West Yorkshire, a jail that once housed the serial killer Rosemary West.

If she is not released, the parole board could also change her prison arrangement from closed to open, where she will be eligible for day release.

Extreme right-wing group National Action (NA), labelled "racist, anti-Semitic and homophobic" by the then-home secretary Amber Rudd, was banned in December 2016 after a series of rallies and incidents, including praise of the murder of MP Jo Cox.

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