The family of a victim who was physically and sexually abused by a convicted Lancashire Police officer say they are terrified that he will be released from prison in March.

Jonathan Allwright, now 52, was jailed back in March 2018 after pleading guilty to assault and indecent assault of a woman.

The disgraced ex-sergeant, who worked at Lancashire Constabulary's Road Policing Unit in Blackpool, admitted three charges of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, one count of common assault and one of indecent assault.

All the charges dated between 1996 and 2012 and relate to one female victim who was known to the defendant. The victim cannot be identified for legal reasons.

Allwright, of Preston, was sentenced to six years on March 5, 2018, following a hearing at Liverpool Crown Court. He was also ordered to sign the Sex Offenders’ Register for life.

He was also suspended from Lancashire Constabulary in September 2016. Following his court case, he appeared before a gross misconduct hearing, which resulted in his dismissal from Lancashire Constabulary.

Now, however, the victim's family say they are "scared for their lives" if Allwright is released from prison in March.

According to court documents seen by LancsLive, Allwright's parole eligibility date is scheduled for March 1, 2021.

Speaking to LancsLive, a spokesperson for the victim said: "Ultimately, what [Jonathan Allwright] did was he abused [the victim] for years.

"It took a lot for us to get a conviction and even the conviction, a lot was quashed because there was evidence but not enough beyond all reasonable doubt. To then find out that he's getting the early release anyway because it's a six-year sentence and he's only doing three.

"I already have such little trust in the police. I need to have faith in them and I need to have faith that when Jon comes out he doesn't try to do something that if I call 999 and someone will be there and I will be taken seriously - I don't have faith in them.

"I don't have faith that they're going to protect me. I don't have faith that they're going to protect my family. And I think people need to know that. People need to know that there are, and I have dealt with a lot of really really good officers and I have dealt with a lot of amazing people within Lancashire Constabulary. I'm really scared when he comes out."

The victim added: "I'm disgusted. I feel really really let down by the system. This is a system that's supposed to protect the victim, who was abused terribly for years and we had to fight the system we had to fight Lancashire Police who didn't believe us.

"I know money is not everything, but I've not received any financial compensation. I've not received any support from Lancashire Police. I've not received anything. I've had to pick up my life. I've had to recover and work my way up and I'm doing quite well for myself now. I think it's disgusting.

"The reason for reporting was two-fold. The fact that this is terribly wrong and the fact is that I need to have some sort of protection and if people are well aware then it puts Lancashire Police in a position where they can't allow anything to happen."

Asked on whether the family thinks Jonathan should be released in March, they said: "No. Not at all."

Lancashire Police confirmed that Allwright was formally dismissed by the force in April 13, 2018.

They also added that under the Police Regulations (2003), pay is immediately stopped on conviction or incarceration.

A spokesperson for Lancashire Police said: "Jonathan Allwright was convicted of actual bodily harm, one count of common assault and one of indecent assault at Liverpool Crown Court in March 2018, following his court case he appeared before a gross misconduct hearing, which resulted in his dismissal from Lancashire Constabulary."

They added: "Jonathan Allwright was convicted and remanded on March 2, 2018. Under the Police Regulations (2003), pay is immediately stopped on conviction or incarceration. He was formally dismissed from the Constabulary at a Special Case Hearing on April 13, 2018.”

At the time of his conviction, Lancashire Constabulary’s Deputy Chief Constable Sunita Gamblin said: “For many years the victim in this case was apprehensive about telling the police of the control and abuse she had suffered. She was worried she would not be believed as the perpetrator committed this abuse whilst employed as a police officer.

"It has taken a tremendous amount of courage for this lady to come forward and place her faith in Lancashire Police. I would like to thank her for trusting us to seek justice on her behalf. The conviction and sentencing today is a result of the strength the victim has shown and the support she has received from police and partner agencies.

“I hope this conviction and sentence will reassure victims of physical and sexual abuse that no matter what the circumstances are and no matter who the perpetrator is, we will investigate with integrity and fairness and support survivors of abuse.

“Albeit these offences were committed off duty, Jonathan Allwright’s behaviour is abhorrent and in stark contrast to the high standards and ethics held by the employees of Lancashire Constabulary.

“His offending has risked undermining the Police Service and the excellent work the vast majority of officers and staff do every day.“

The Parole Board has been contacted for a comment on this.