Baby P’s mum among killer women given sheep to pet in jail to keep calm

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Child killer Tracey Connelly was among a string of evil criminals who were offered the chance to pet sheep in a top security prison, it has been revealed.

Baby P's mother and other killer women were given the unusual opportunity in a bid to keep them calm while they were locked up.

Innocent sheep and goats are being welcomed into HMP Low Newton, where prisoners including serial killer Joanna Dennehy can cuddle them.

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The County Durham prison have also brought a resident rabbit and two birds which are cared for by the inmates.

It comes as a new report by the Independent Monitoring Boards revealed that the animals will have a "calming effect" on the prisoners.

The group, which ensures prisoners are treated humanely, said the programme will help even the most "challenging."

Previous inmates banged up at Low Newton featured Cromwell Street killer Rose West and Britain's youngest female murderer Sharon Carr.

Tracey Connelly, 40, was jailed following the death of her son Peter Connelly, widely known as Baby P in Tottenham, North London, in August 2007.

She was released from prison in July and was eligible to access the animal scheme in her last year of detention, reports Daily Mail.

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The IMB report reads: "The prison has organised animal visits and has brought goats and sheep into the establishment alongside having a residential rabbit and two birds.

"Prisoners have had access to these animals, often with the most challenging of prisoners giving good results in feedback surveys, which have shown that this initiative has had a calming effect."

It is believed that HMP Low Newton is the only high security facility in the country to be offering a 'petting' scheme.

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