More than 25 years after the infamous Essex Boys murderers, one of the convicted killers can be freed.

Patrick Tate, Anthony Tucker and Craig Rolfe were all shot dead while sat in a Range Rover down a farm track just 300 yards away from the busy A130 in Rettendon on December 6, 1995.

Jack Whomes was convicted of murder three years later - along with Michael Steele - and sentenced to life in prison.

However, the Parole Board has confirmed Whomes can be freed.


Search - police look down a farm track where three bodies were found inside a Range Rover vehicle

The killings took place after a row over a drug deal, prosecutors said, and the case later inspired the 2000 film Essex Boys starring Sean Bean.


Standing - onlookers watch as the Range Rover, where Patrick Tate, Anthony Tucker and Craig Rolfe were shot dead, is taken away from the scene of the crime

A Parole Board panel has decided 59-year-old Whomes - who still protests his innocence - was suitable for release.

He must comply with strict licence conditions, including living at an agreed address, to provide details of what vehicles he is using, to comply with restrictions on contacting certain people, his activities, movements and using technology.


Murdered - Patrick Tate, Anthony Tucker and Craig Rolfe (left to right)


A Parole Board spokesman said: "We can confirm that a panel of the Parole Board has directed the release of Jack Whomes following an oral hearing."


Jailed - Jack Whomes (right) and Michael Steele were found guilty of the triple murder

Whomes first became eligible for parole last May and the decision was made after his second review by the Parole Board.


Harrowing - the Range Rover with the three bodies still inside is removed by the police

It comes after he was recommended to be transferred to an open prison in 2019 and he has already had periods of temporary release.