Colin Pitchfork release latest – Cops who arrested child killer BLAST decision to let him walk free after 33 years

COLIN PITCHFORK, who was jailed for life for raping and murdering two 15-year-old girls is set to be released.

Sex-obsessed Pitchfork was caged for life in 1988 for the rape and murder of 15-year-old schoolgirls Lynda Mann and Dawn Ashworth in Leicestershire.

But the Parole Board has deemed the 61-year-old – the first murderer to be convicted using DNA evidence – is no longer a danger to the public after being turned down for release on two previous occasions.

Two documentaries on Pitchfork’s crimes have been released in the UK.

The first was a 2002 episode of Real Crime on ITV – and the second was a 2018 episode of How I Caught the Killer on Sky Crime.

The crimes have also been dramatised in a 2014 ITV series called Code of a Killer.

Meanwhile the mother of Dawn Ashworth has said Pitchfork "will always present a danger".

And the sister of his first victim, Lynda Mann, said the only sentence Pitchfork should have received was “a bullet to the head”.

Read our Colin Pitchfork live blog for the latest news & updates…

  • The Sun

    PETITION TOPS 26,000 TO KEEP PAEDO KILLER OFF OUR STREETS

    A PETITION created by Rebecca Eastwood, the sister of Lynda Mann has reached more than 26,000 signatures.

    The online petition named 'Never Release This Monster' was created in fears Pitchfork would 'kill again'.

    Ms Eastwood said: "He is cold and calculated as he has proved in the past with his manipulation of others. He will kill again we have no doubt about that"

  • John Hall

    COLIN PITCHFORK WILL HAVE 35 CONDITIONS ATTACHED TO HIS RELEASE

    The killer will have 35 conditions attached to his release.

    These include electronic tagging, lie detector tests and he must provide details of any vehicle he owns.

    He must also not visit the area where his crimes were committed

  • John Hall

    LOCAL MP TO RAISE CONCERNS WITH PAROLE BOARD AND JUSTICE SECRETARY

    Local MP Alberto Costa said he had met the chief executive of the Parole Board for England and Wales Martin Jones to discuss the case.

    Following the meeting, Mr Costa announced he would write to the Secretary of State for Justice, Robert Buckland MP, to ensure both he and the Parole Board were aware of local concerns about the case.

  • John Hall

    DOUBLE KILLER

    Pitchfork, who now calls himself David Thorpe after ditching his notorious name, raped and strangled Lynda, 15, in November 1983.

    The teenager had left her home to visit a friend – but never returned.

    Her body was found the next morning on a deserted footpath.

    Three years later, Pitchfork, who worked as a baker, struck again – killing and raping Dawn, also 15, in almost identical circumstances.Her body was found less than a mile from where Lynda had been attacked.

    After Dawn’s killing, Leicestershire Police launched the largest manhunt in its history, asking more than 5,000 local men to volunteer blood or saliva samples in a bid to match samples taken from the crime scenes.

  • The Sun

    DETECTIVE who arrested killer Colin Pitchfork has hit out at the decision for him to be released, saying he still remains a danger.

    Retired officer, David Baker said he was not consulted by Parole Board members before they accepted Pitchfork's release.

    His call for the paedophile to remain locked up comes after the victims' relatives also condemned the decision of the Parole Board.

    Despite Pitchfork's age, the hero cop warns that the monster remained capable of striking again.

  • John Hall

    FAMILY FURY (CONTINUED….)

    “I wouldn’t put it past him to have duped the authorities into believing he was reformed and rehabilitated now. He will always be a danger.”

    She added: "This news is so upsetting. There are still 15-year-old girls wandering around and this man could still have 20 years of his life to abuse them.

    "He can’t hurt me any more than he has done – Pitchfork ripped my family and I apart – but he can hurt other young girls. I can’t understand how he has suddenly been judged fit for release when he was turned down before."

    Dawn’s uncle Philip Musson, 67, from Newark, Nottinghamshire, added: "We are totally opposed to the notion of killers – let alone child killers – having parole. A life sentence ought to mean life because a life is something that wasn’t afforded to Dawn as a result of the actions of this man."

    Pitchfork will have 35 conditions attached to his release – which include electronic tagging, lie detector tests and he must provide details of any vehicle he owns.

  • John Hall

    FAMILY FURY

    Lynda Mann's sister told The Sun last night: “He should not be getting out. But what more is there to say? They are going to let him out.

    “They would not let a serial killer out but they are letting him out. They say he has done his time, that he has rights and all that malarkey so free he goes.”

    Sue blazed: “What he wants is a bullet to the head. But that’s not going to happen so there is nothing we can do about it.”

    She said the decision had raked up painful memories for the family, adding: “We have been fighting it for years – but there you go.”

    Barbara Ashworth, 75, whose daughter Dawn was strangled to death in 1986, told the Mail: “This is a man who has displayed psychopathic tendencies – a man who thought he was clever enough to outwit police at the time of the murders by dodging the mass blood testing exercise. He nearly succeeded.

  • John Hall

    DAWN ASHWORTH'S MOTHER SAYS PITCHFORK 'WILL ALWAYS BE A PRESENT DANGER'

    The Parole Board has deemed that the 61-year-old – the first murderer to be convicted using DNA evidence – was no longer a danger to the public after being turned down for release on two previous occasions.

    The mother of Dawn Ashworth has said Pitchfork "will always present a danger".

    And the sister of his first victim, Lynda Mann, said the only sentence Pitchfork should have received was “a bullet to the head”.

    Sue Gratrick, who’s sister Lynda Mann, said the Parole Board’s decision was putting the family through hell.

    Sue has since moved to a seaside town more than 100 miles away from the scene of her sister’s murder.

  • John Hall

    COLIN PITCHFORK 'DESERVES A BULLET TO THE HEAD' SAYS VICTIM FAMILIES

    FURIOUS relatives of two 15-year-old schoolgirls who were murdered by a notorious paedophile have voiced their anger at the decision to set him free – saying "deserves a bullet to the head".

    Sex-obsessed Colin Pitchfork was caged for life in 1988 for the rape and murder of teenage schoolgirls Lynda Mann and Dawn Ashworth in Leicestershire.

    Read more here.

  • John Hall

    JUSTICE SECRETARY URGED TO INTERVENE OVER PITCHFORK’S RELEASE

    The Justice Secretary has been urged to intervene after a Parole Board approved the release of the notorious double child killer Colin Pitchfork.

    Tory MP Alberto Costa said he had asked Justice Secretary Robert Buckland to intervene in the case.

    It comes after the Justice Secretary was granted the power to ask the Parole Board to reconsider their decisions if they were thought to be “irrational” or “procedurally unfair”.

    A source close to the Justice Secretary told the Telegraph that the Government would take legal advice to explore whether the use of the new late would be appropriate.

  • John Hall

    WHEN COULD PITCHFORK BE RELEASED FROM PRISON?

    Pitchfork had pleaded guilty to the rape and murder of the two teens and was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 30 years. This was reduced on appeal to 28 years in 2009.

    Local MP Alberto Costa said he had met the chief executive of the Parole Board for England and Wales Martin Jones to discuss the case.

    Following the meeting, Mr Costa announced he would write to the Secretary of State for Justice, Robert Buckland MP, to ensure both he and the Parole Board were aware of local concerns about the case.

    Mr Costa said: "Colin Pitchfork’s heinous crimes quite understandably live long in the memory of many of my constituents and his case is still of considerable concern to residents in South Leicestershire.

    “In light of his recent referral for a parole review, I was very pleased to meet with the chief executive of the Parole Board and to gain a better understanding of Pitchfork’s case in order to inform the next steps I will be taking on this matter.

    "The safety and wellbeing of my constituents is, of course, paramount importance, so I want to ensure that the Parole Board are fully aware of Pitchfork’s crimes and his character before any decisions are made.”

  • The Sun

    WHEN COULD PITCHFORK BE RELEASED FROM PRISON?

    Pitchfork had pleaded guilty to the rape and murder of the two teens and was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 30 years. This was reduced on appeal to 28 years in 2009.

    Local MP Alberto Costa said he had met the chief executive of the Parole Board for England and Wales Martin Jones to discuss the case.

    Following the meeting, Mr Costa announced he would write to the Secretary of State for Justice, Robert Buckland MP, to ensure both he and the Parole Board were aware of local concerns about the case.

    Mr Costa said: “Colin Pitchfork’s heinous crimes quite understandably live long in the memory of many of my constituents and his case is still of considerable concern to residents in South Leicestershire.

    “In light of his recent referral for a parole review, I was very pleased to meet with the chief executive of the Parole Board and to gain a better understanding of Pitchfork’s case in order to inform the next steps I will be taking on this matter.

    “The safety and wellbeing of my constituents is, of course, paramount importance, so I want to ensure that the Parole Board are fully aware of Pitchfork’s crimes and his character before any decisions are made.”

  • The Sun

    FAMILY FURY

    Lynda Mann’s sister told The Sun last night: “He should not be getting out. But what more is there to say? They are going to let him out.

    “They would not let a serial killer out but they are letting him out. They say he has done his time, that he has rights and all that malarkey so free he goes.”

    Sue blazed: “What he wants is a bullet to the head. But that’s not going to happen so there is nothing we can do about it.”

    She said the decision had raked up painful memories for the family, adding: “We have been fighting it for years – but there you go.”

    Barbara Ashworth, 75, whose daughter Dawn was strangled to death in 1986, told the Mail: “This is a man who has displayed psychopathic tendencies – a man who thought he was clever enough to outwit police at the time of the murders by dodging the mass blood testing exercise. He nearly succeeded.

  • The Sun

    HOW CAN I WATCH THE DOCUMENTARIES ON COLIN PITCHFORK?

    Here’s all the documentaries you can watch to find out more about the first murderer to be convicted using DNA evidence.

    Two documentaries on Pitchfork’s crimes have been released in the UK.

    The first was a 2002 episode of Real Crime on ITV – and the second was a 2018 episode of How I Caught the Killer on Sky Crime.

    The crimes have also been dramatised in a 2014 ITV series called Code of a Killer.

  • The Sun

    FAMILY OF FIRST VICTIM SAYS PITCHFORK REMAINS A THREAT

    The family of child killer Colin Pitchfork's first victim fear he remains a threat to the public and should stay in prison.

    Tragic 15-year-old Lynda Mann’s relatives hit out at the Parole Board decision to free the 61-year-old beast.

    The killer raped and murdered their loved one in 1983 and went on to also brutally attack and murder 15-year-old Dawn Ashworth in 1986.

    Lynda’s sister, Rebecca Eastwood said: "I don't have any confidence at all in the justice system if they are prepared to let someone like him out.

    "It comes down to the justice system looking at someone who has done the things this man has done and thinking 'he's done his time, let's give him a chance and let him out'.

  • The Sun

    WHAT ART HAS PITCHFORK EXHIBITED?

    The double-murderer exhibited a sculpture at the Royal Festival Hall in April 2009 — sparking public outrage.

    He had created the design, titled Bringing Music To Life, from inside HMP Frankland, County Durham.

    It was described as being made “in meticulous miniature detail by folding, cutting and tearing the score of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony”.

    Sick Pitchfork had written alongside the piece: “Without this opportunity to show our art, many of us would have no incentive, we would stay locked in ourselves as much as the walls that hold us.”

    Distress from the family of his victims led to the work being removed from display.

  • The Sun

    JUSTICE SECRETARY URGED TO INTERVENE OVER PITCHFORK’S RELEASE

    The Justice Secretary has been urged to intervene after a Parole Board approved the release of the notorious double child killer Colin Pitchfork.

    Tory MP Alberto Costa said he had asked Justice Secretary Robert Buckland to intervene in the case.

    It comes after the Justice Secretary was granted the power to ask the Parole Board to reconsider their decisions if they were thought to be “irrational” or “procedurally unfair”.

    A source close to the Justice Secretary told the Telegraph that the Government would take legal advice to explore whether the use of the new late would be appropriate.

  • The Sun

    WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT COLIN PITCHFORK’s CRIMES (CONTINUED…)

    • He pleaded guilty to both murders in September 1987 and was sentenced to life in January 1988.
    • The judge said the killings were “particularly sadistic” and he doubted Pitchfork, who he described as “a danger to young women”, g would ever be released.
    • In 2009, his minimum 30-year life tariff was reduced by two years for “exceptional progress” – a decision that was strongly criticised by his victims’ families.
    • The Court of Appeal heard Pitchfork had achieved a “high standard of education to degree level” and had never been placed “on report” while in custody.
    • The prisoner had also become a specialist in transcribing printed music into Braille to assist the blind – work which was used across the UK and internationally.

    COLIN PITCHFORK: WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT HIS HEINOUS CRIMES

    • Pitchfork was convicted on DNA fingerprinting evidence and the first to be caught as a result of mass screening. He was 22 at the time of his first murder in November 1983.
    •  He left his baby son sleeping in the back of his car and raped and strangled 15-year-old Lynda Mann with her own scarf on a secluded footpath in Narborough, Leics. He then returned to his home in nearby Littlethorpe to put his child to bed.
    • Nearly three years later in July 1986 and less than a mile from where Lynda died the he raped and murdered Dawn Ashworth, also 15, in Enderby.
    • A police investigation initially led to the wrong suspect Richard Buckland, a 17-year-old local,  who falsely confessed to one of the killings.
    • After an unprecedented mass screening of 5,000 men across three villages using pioneering “DNA profiling” technology, Pitchfork was finally caught. He had earlier evaded justice by persuading a colleague to take the test for him.

    WHEN COULD PITCHFORK BE RELEASED FROM PRISON?

    Pitchfork had pleaded guilty to the rape and murder of the two teens and was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 30 years. This was reduced on appeal to 28 years in 2009.

    Local MP Alberto Costa said he had met the chief executive of the Parole Board for England and Wales Martin Jones to discuss the case.

    Following the meeting, Mr Costa announced he would write to the Secretary of State for Justice, Robert Buckland MP, to ensure both he and the Parole Board were aware of local concerns about the case.

    Mr Costa said: “Colin Pitchfork’s heinous crimes quite understandably live long in the memory of many of my constituents and his case is still of considerable concern to residents in South Leicestershire.

    “In light of his recent referral for a parole review, I was very pleased to meet with the chief executive of the Parole Board and to gain a better understanding of Pitchfork’s case in order to inform the next steps I will be taking on this matter.

    “The safety and wellbeing of my constituents is, of course, paramount importance, so I want to ensure that the Parole Board are fully aware of Pitchfork’s crimes and his character before any decisions are made.”

    WATCH: SUSANNA REID DISTRESSED AFTER THE NEWS ON MURDERER

    • The Sun

      FAMILY FURY (CONTINUED….)

      “I wouldn’t put it past him to have duped the authorities into believing he was reformed and rehabilitated now. He will always be a danger.”

      She added: “This news is so upsetting. There are still 15-year-old girls wandering around and this man could still have 20 years of his life to abuse them.

      “He can’t hurt me any more than he has done – Pitchfork ripped my family and I apart – but he can hurt other young girls. I can’t understand how he has suddenly been judged fit for release when he was turned down before.”

      Dawn’s uncle Philip Musson, 67, from Newark, Nottinghamshire, added: “We are totally opposed to the notion of killers – let alone child killers – having parole. A life sentence ought to mean life because a life is something that wasn’t afforded to Dawn as a result of the actions of this man.”

      Pitchfork will have 35 conditions attached to his release – which include electronic tagging, lie detector tests and he must provide details of any vehicle he owns.

    • The Sun

      FAMILY FURY

      Lynda Mann’s sister told The Sun last night: “He should not be getting out. But what more is there to say? They are going to let him out.

      “They would not let a serial killer out but they are letting him out. They say he has done his time, that he has rights and all that malarkey so free he goes.”

      Sue blazed: “What he wants is a bullet to the head. But that’s not going to happen so there is nothing we can do about it.”

      She said the decision had raked up painful memories for the family, adding: “We have been fighting it for years – but there you go.”

      Barbara Ashworth, 75, whose daughter Dawn was strangled to death in 1986, told the Mail: “This is a man who has displayed psychopathic tendencies – a man who thought he was clever enough to outwit police at the time of the murders by dodging the mass blood testing exercise. He nearly succeeded.

    • The Sun

      DAWN ASHWORTH’S MOTHER SAYS PITCHFORK ‘WILL ALWAYS BE A PRESENT DANGER’

      The Parole Board has deemed that the 61-year-old – the first murderer to be convicted using DNA evidence – was no longer a danger to the public after being turned down for release on two previous occasions.

      The mother of Dawn Ashworth has said Pitchfork “will always present a danger”.

      And the sister of his first victim, Lynda Mann, said the only sentence Pitchfork should have received was “a bullet to the head”.

      Sue Gratrick, who’s sister Lynda Mann, said the Parole Board’s decision was putting the family through hell.

      Sue has since moved to a seaside town more than 100 miles away from the scene of her sister’s murder.

    • The Sun

      MP VOWS TO WORK HARD TO REVERSE DECISION TO ALLOW RELEASE OF DOUBLE CHILD KILLER COLIN PITCHFORK

      MP vows to work hard to reverse decision to allow release of double child killer Colin Pitchfork

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