ONE of East Lancashire’s most notorious murderers must stay behind bars for the rest of his life — his victim’s family said.
High Court judges scrapped Anthony Entwistle’s ‘life means life’ sentence meaning he will be considered for parole this year having served almost 25 years.
In 1987 he committed one of Blackburn’s most shocking killings. He abducted 16-year-old Michelle Calvy from a canal towpath before raping and strangling her then dumping her body at a Tockholes beauty spot.
Now a campaign has been launched to make sure that he is never allowed to be released.
Entwistle, now 62, killed Michelle just weeks after he was released from a prison sentence for rape.
Her brother, Paul Calvy, said the whole family were angered that he was bidding to be released.
He and his brothers, Michael and Douglas, are backing a petition to the government calling for him never to be released.
Father-of-two Mr Calvy, 42, from Intack, said: “He took my sister away from us. My children would have had an auntie. She would have had a life.
“We are still so angry about what he did to Michelle and furious that he is trying to be released. There is no way he should even be considered for release.
“If that happens it will show that the system does not work.
“He should stay in prison where he belongs. Someone like him cannot change and the authorities certainly cannot take a chance with him.
“He proved the first time he was released that he is a danger to the public and I strongly believe he should remain behind bars.”
He said the family were keen for as many people as possible to sign the petition after they found out he was attempting to be released.
Mr Calvy said: “We still go to the cemetery once a month to put fresh flowers down.
“There’s a photo on the wall in my house of Michelle. She will not be forgotten.
“She was only 16 when she was killed 25 years ago but I still remember getting the phone call to tell me she had passed away.
“That pain does not go away.”
Cousin Anne Bevan, one of the last people to see Michelle alive, said: “There is no parole for the grief and loss of a young family member. That stays with us for life. Why should Anthony Entwistle be considered for parole. I would ask anyone with a family to sign the petition.”
The former Witton Park High School pupil was killed in April 1987.
Entwistle, who lived in Thwaites Road, Oswaldtwistle, had served two seperate prison sentences for rapes before he murdered Michelle, of Brookway, off Livesey Branch Road, Blackburn.
He killed her just weeks after being released from a seven-year jail term.
Entwistle was told by the original trial judge he would die in prison for the killing of Michelle when he was sentenced in 1988. At the time he was one of 35 murderers told they will never be released.
But three years ago a review by High Court judge Mr Justice Davis found that he should be eligible for consideration for parole after serving 25 years in prison, giving him a chance of freedom this year.
The judge ruled that a 25-year tariff was sufficient for the purposes of ‘retribution and deterrence’.
Mr Justice Davies said that it would be up to the Parole Board to decide that Entwistle did not pose a danger to the public, adding that he shared ‘concerns’ that it may never be safe to release the killer.
Blackburn MP and former Justice Secretary Jack Straw is set to meet Michelle’s family in the run up to the parole hearing.
He said: “I can well understand the anxiety of the family, but as the judge made clear, all this prisoner has a right to do is apply for parole.
“And the judge said words to the effect that his release, if ever, will only take place if he no longer poses a danger.”
Mr Straw said he would have the chance to make representations to the parole board, including to argue against Entwistle’s release, as would the victim’s family.
He said: “There are quite a number of prisoners whose tariffs have expired but are not being released because they are still a danger.”
• THE petition to the government can be found at http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/36769
The case that shocked Blackburn
MICHELLE Calvy’s murder shocked Blackburn in 1987 after she was snatched from a canal towpath near her home.
Her naked body was found at a ‘lovers lane’ beauty spot in Tockholes, sparking a major police hunt.
Young women were warned by detectives to beware as there were fears the killer could strike again.
Entwistle was arrested several days later by a police officer who spotted him cleaning his car outside his Thwaites Road, Oswaldtwistle home.
Footprints in the car’s footwell matched those left on Michelle’s body.
The brutal killing brought to an end a 14-year reign of terror carried out by Entwistle.
He had numerous convictions for rape and sexual assault.
He was first jailed in 1974 when he escaped a life sentence for four rapes. He served just four years.
In 1980 he was again in court and was branded an ‘appalling danger’ to women after raping a 27-year-old from Nelson and a 15-year-old as well as a 17-year-old babysitter.
He was then released in 1987 but 17 days later he struck again. This time snatching Michelle Calvy from near her home in Blackburn. He took her to a remote road in Tockholes before raping and strangling her.
He dumped her naked body in nearby woodland.
Det Supt Bill Hacker, who led the inquiry, warned at the time: “This killer could strike again. I do not want to spread panic and alarm but young girls should be aware that what happened to Michelle could happen again.”
Michelle had just finished her studies at Witton Park High School and was set to begin a job at a Blackburn town centre green-grocer on the day her body was discovered.
She was described as ‘little miss perfect’.
Before her killing Michelle had been staying with a friend in the Griffin area of Blackburn and left her aunt’s house in Tenby Close before walking along the canal towpath when Entwistle abducted her.
Speaking after Entwistle was jailed her mother Annette Dean said: “We used to see things like this on television but you always think it will never happen to you.”
Retired detective warns Blackburn murderer ‘will kill again’
INSIDER KNOWLEDGE Retired detective Harry Court helped bring Anthony Entwistle to justice
THE detective who secured the confession of notorious murderer Anthony Entwistle has warned he will kill again if released.
Retired Harry Court said Entwistle, who raped and murdered Blackburn 16-year-old Michelle Calvy in 1987, should never be allowed out of prison.
He fears the 62-year-old, who is eligible for parole later this year, will not be able to stop his ‘insatiable sexual drive’ and would be a risk to women.
Entwistle has served 25 years of a life sentence and had initially been told told he would never be released because of his terrible crime.
As a detective constable in Blackburn, Mr Court was pivotal in securing the conviction of Entwistle for rape and five indecent assaults in 1980. Six years earlier he had also been jailed for four rapes.
After Entwistle was pulled in for questioning over Michelle’s death, he asked to speak to Mr Court.
He then confessed to hurting Michelle, dumping her body in Tockholes and burning her clothes. She was killed 17 days after he had been released from prison for the 1980 rape.
Mr Court said he was certain Entwistle would attack more women if he was released by the parole board.
He said: “I dealt with him for a number of rapes and attacks on women.
“I got to know him very well. He opened up to me and trusted me.
“I probably knew him better than anyone else.
“He told me what motivated him sexually. He had an insatiable sexual drive.
“On one occasion he attacked a woman and within two hours he was out looking for another victim.
“Within a couple of weeks of being released from prison back in 1987, he couldn’t stop himself from attacking Michelle Calvy.
“I know if he is released he will attack another female within a very short space of time.”
Mr Court said he developed something of a ‘rapport’ with Entwistle during the earlier case.
After Entwistle was arrested for Michelle’s murder he had initially denied any involvement in the crime.
But after two days in custody he asked to speak to Mr Court and admitted what he had done.
He was later found guilty of raping and strangling Michelle after a trial in which Mr Court gave evidence.
Mr Court said: “On April 16, 1987, Entwistle said he wanted to speak to me after he had appeared in magistrates’ court.
“We talked for a while but I could see he was hiding something. I said ‘look Tony, did you do it?’
“He broke down in tears and admitted everything. But he said he hadn’t tried to kill her.
“He said he was trying to comfort her. I don’t believe that for a second.”
Entwistle then took Mr Court to where he had first seen Michelle, where he raped her and where he dumped her body.
He also showed him the site where he had attempted to burn her clothes, near Pickup Bank.
Mr Court said on the face of it Entwistle was a very clever man who didn’t seem evil. He said: “He was an intelligent, articulate man. His dad was chief fire officer for Blackburn.
“He was a pretty amenable type of fellow.”
Mr Court said he had once been to visit Entwistle in prison after retiring from the police in 1993 as a Detective Constable.
He said: “He asked to see me as he had heard a hypnotist could put him in a trance to help him recall details from Michelle’s murder.
“It was blatantly obvious to me then that he was mad as a hatter.”
Mr Court has also received letters written to him by Entwistle, detailing some of the rapes he committed in gruesome detail.
The letters describe offences in Livesey Branch Road in Blackburn, Little Harwood, Bolton Road in Darwen, Hodder Grove in Darwen, Burnley, Intack in Blackburn and Ribchester.
Describing one incident he said: “I left the rope in my pocket … I didn’t want her to start screaming like the others.
“I went up behind her, put it round her neck and told her not to scream.”
Until three years ago Entwistle was one of 35 killers, including Ian Brady, who were told they would never be released from prison.
But a review by High Court judge Mr Justice Davis found he should be eligible for consideration for parole after serving 25 years.
Last month Michelle’s family launched a petition to keep him behind bars for the rest of his life.
Her brother Paul, 42, said: “We are really grateful to all these people who have come forward.
“All the publicity the case has got is really helping our cause.”
To sign the petition, visit http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/36769 or click the related link (above, right).