Baby P’s mum Tracey Connelly 'told to lose weight and dye her hair' to avoid being recognised as she's FREED from jail | The Sun

BABY P's monster mum Tracey Connelly has been told to shed weight and change her hair colour as she's freed after seven years behind bars, it's reported.

Connelly, 40, was driven under cover of darkness from HMP Low Newton, Co Durham, on Wednesday to a secret bail hostel to begin her new life.

Prison sources say she's been urged to take precautions on the outside to avoid recognition and reprisals.

One told the Mirror Connelly was advised to “lose weight and dye her hair” to disguise her appearance before she walked out of jail.

Similar moves were made to aid Karen Matthews in 2012 – leading to The Sun’s front page headline, ‘Devil in Disguise’.

Connelly's distinctive frame still tips the scales at more than 18 stone, and she's said to be "fuming" that she won't be given a new identity instead.

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A fellow inmate said she looked the same as ever as she stepped on the prison bus out.

They told the paper: “She just walks about singing and dancing. They were all fed up with it, even the prison officers.

“One of the inmates said to her: ‘What have you got to sing and dance about? You killed your kid!’.”

“She was taken out on the prison bus. She knew it was happening but nobody else did.

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“She got taken out into town and let out to do arts and crafts and other inmates were made to speak to her.

"If they refused they’d get into trouble too and get reprimanded and lose their privileges. They didn’t want to talk to her. They hated it.”

Connelly will now begin her latest attempt at rehabilitation under some of the toughest licence conditions on record.

Her every move will be monitored by probation chiefs, she must wear an electronic tag, and any relationship she has must be reported to authorities.

And any breach of her release terms could see her sent straight back to jail.


She was released after a last-ditch appeal by ministers failed.

Deputy PM Dominic Raab had asked a judge to overturn the Parole Board's "irrational" ruling.

But his bid was thrown out, in spite of Connelly's own mum saying she hoped she'd die in prison.

Furious Mr Raab blasted the decision at the time, vowing to "overhaul" the entire parole system.

Connelly, who was jailed over the 2007 death of 17-month-old Peter, won her parole bid in March.


It was the fourth time she'd asked for parole since being recalled to prison in February 2015.

She lost appeals in 2015, 2017 and 2019, with officials finding she still posed a threat to the public.

After being given the green light to leave this year, it's understood she begged for extra protection – fearing she'd be murdered by other inmates.

Connelly was given an indefinite term with a minimum of five years in 2009 for causing or allowing the death of Peter in Tottenham, North London, in August 2007.

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