Fears over Enderby child killer Colin Pitchfork’s prison release

A double child killer who was the first person to be convicted using DNA evidence is to be released from prison on unsupervised days out.

Colin Pitchfork, 56, was given a life sentence in 1988 for the rape and murder of 15-year-olds Lynda Mann and Dawn Ashworth in Leicestershire.

Lynda’s mother fears he is being given the opportunity to kill again.

However, the Ministry of Justice said all offenders must “pass a full risk assessment” before being released.

Kath Eastwood, Lynda Mann’s mother, said:

“I’m so angry that the system is allowing this excuse for a human being, a double child rapist and murderer, [to] be on the streets where he sees the next opportunity to kill again.

“Yes he will be locked up again but what about the devastation that will leave another innocent family?

“I am angry beyond belief that I cannot stop this.”

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Pitchfork was the first killer to be convicted using DNA

A petition has been launched to call for the double child killer to be kept locked up ‘for the rest of his life’.

The petition is available to view / sign here

It has been created by the sister of Pitchfork’s first victim, Lynda Mann, after it was confirmed he is to be allowed to take unescorted days out from prison.

  • Colin Pitchfork, 22 at the time of the first murder, was married with two sons. He was a baker who grew up in rural Leicestershire and lived in Littlethorpe
  • 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 in Narborough. He then drove home and put his son to bed
  • Three years later, less than a mile from where Lynda died, he raped and murdered Dawn Ashworth, also 15, of Enderby. The pathologist who examined her body described it as a “brutal sexual assault”
  • A police investigation initially led to the wrong man, Richard Buckland, a local 17-year-old who falsely confessed to one of the killings. After an unprecedented mass screening of 5,000 men using pioneering “DNA profiling” technology, Pitchfork was eventually caught. At first, Pitchfork had evaded justice by persuading a colleague to take the test for him
  • 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 would ever be released
  • In 2009, his 30-year life tariff was reduced by two years for “exceptional progress” – a decision that was strongly criticised by the families of his victims
  • He was moved to an undisclosed open prison at some point prior to 8 January 2017, after his request for release

Relatives of Pitchfork’s victims have been sent letters telling them “a series of unescorted ROTLs” (release on temporary licence) “will be happening in the near future”.

Offenders are released on temporary licence towards the end of their sentences.

The Ministry of Justice said it does not comment on individuals.

However, it said in a statement:

“All offenders must meet strict criteria and pass a full risk assessment before being considered for release on temporary licence (ROTL).

“Those who fail to comply with the conditions of a ROTL can be returned to closed prisons where they may have to serve additional time.”

[Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leicestershire-40929565
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The Nottingham launches rugby challenge with Leicester Tigers

Calling all would-be rugby stars!

A fun rugby challenge has been launched by the Nottingham Building Society (The Nottingham) and Leicester Tigers to find the person who can kick, catch and score like a pro.

Known as “Kick, Catch, Score”, the competition is open to all ages.

Kick Catch Score photo

(l-r) Leicester Tigers players Luke Hamilton, Joe Ford, George Worth and Geordan Murphy show how it should be done.

Anyone interested can go to The Nottingham’s Facebook page www.facebook.com/thenottingham and watch a short video of Leicester Tigers players showing what is involved in the challenge.

The idea is that entrants film themselves doing the challenge and then post the video on The Nottingham’s Facebook page by 3 September.

Details of the competition will be on The Nottingham’s website and Facebook page next week to inspire anyone who wants to try out their rugby skills.

Leicester Tigers will also promote the Kick, Catch, Score competition at their rugby camps over the summer and at the Tigers in the Park event in Leicester on Sunday 3 September.

The competition will be judged by managers from The Nottingham and Leicester Tigers.

The first prize is a rugby shirt signed by the first team players at Leicester Tigers. Second prize is four tickets to a home game and third prize is a dual branded rugby ball.

Winners will receive their prize on the pitch during half time at one of the Leicester Tigers matches.

[Source + photo: The Nottingham https://www.thenottingham.com/]

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Enderby Cricket Club report losses for both teams… again

With both teams being rained off the previous weekend, the 1st XI still found themselves rooted to the bottom of the Leicester Everards Premier Division while – after going winless for more than a month – the 2nd XI find themselves being pulled closer and closer towards a relegation dog fight in their respective league.

Writing on the Cricket Club website, Matt Yates reports:
The 1st XI travelled to Kegworth Town in search of their 2nd victory in a troublesome season. After missing the previous 2 fixtures, returning captain Steve Coughlin won the toss and inserted Kegworth on what looked a very green and wet pitch. With conditions in their favour, Enderby made the perfect start with Daly (2-27) bowling Mead with his first ball of his day. Enderby continued to win the opening exchanges, reducing Kegworth to 66-4 in the 21st over, but with the pitch drying, Kegworth started to battle back and took control of the middle overs, with Fletcher running hard and putting away any loose bowling. When Yates (2-36) dismissed Fletcher for 86 in the 41st over, the damage had already been done with the score already on 196-6 and the pitch still looking hard work for the batsmen. Only some superb death bowling from Conway (3-36) restricted Kegworth to 238-9 from their 45 overs, a solid score considering the conditions.

Enderby, not dwelling on what could have been, made a solid start with the bat; Cook (39) and Patel (11) put on 49 for the first wicket in testing conditions. However the introduction of Scotton (4-35) into the attack swung the game in Kegworth’s favour; He reduced Enderby to 103-4, a position Enderby never really recovered from. A brave 45 from Mackey delayed the inevitable but could only hold off Kegworth who romped home to victory, dismissing Enderby’s last 5 batsmen for 13 runs, bringing Enderby’s innings to an end for 152. The fat lady may not be singing on Enderby’s season just yet, but after yet another loss it isn’t far off!

The 2nd XI hosted relegation-strugglers Leicester Banks 2nd XI at Mill Lane that same afternoon with a similarly disappointing result. Captain Ian Turner won the toss and surprisingly chose to bat in what looked like testing conditions. With the environment in the bowlers favour, things got off to a solid yet slow start. After the 1st wicket fell in the 10th over with the score only on 19, Turner decided to promote Haden up the order to try and increase the run rate. With Haden (43) and his partner Hood (42) playing more aggressively, the run rate started to increase, with them both taking the score over 100 within 30 overs. Unfortunately both men fell within an over of each other, leaving Turner to try and rebuild the innings as wickets consistently fell at the other end. Turner scored a run a ball 42, pushing the score up over 160 before he was dismissed with 4 overs left. Some late order hitting from Day (17*) – playing his first game since 2011 – saw Enderby to 195 runs in their 45 overs.

Enderby’s bowlers knew a good start was essential considering their below par score. Even though there was only one early breakthrough, the opening bowlers conceded just 32 from the opening 16 overs, pulling Enderby back into the contest. Coxhead (1-36) continued to bowl tightly but without luck and with the other bowlers haemorrhaging runs to the short boundary, the next 16 overs went for 118 for the loss of only 1 wicket, putting Leicester Banks well in control of the game. Knowing he needed wickets, Turner reintroduced the opening bowlers Cartwright and Blanksby into the attack. This had an almost immediate effect; with 5 wickets falling in the next 6 overs for the cost of just 7 runs. Leicester Banks now needed at least 6 and a half per over, meaning the odds were well and truly in Enderby’s favour. Both Cartwright (1-32) and Blanksby (4-34) had bowled their quota of overs now though, leaving Captain Ian Turner with only his bowlers who had bled runs early in the day to close out the innings. Unfortunately they continued to go the distance, as Leicester Banks got home easily with 2 overs to spare, leaving Enderby dangerously close to the relegation zone.

Enderby know it’s time to dig deep and show what they’re made of, with both teams needing some victories sharpish. The 1st XI host league champions Kibworth Town at Mill Lane this weekend and the 2nd XI are travelling to Quorn, they both know they are going to have to improve drastically to holt this run of results. As ever the bar will be open and the weather is set to be fair, so come on down and enjoy the cricket and have a few drinks!

[Source / photo: Enderby Cricket Club]
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The ‘Annual Canvass’ is underway – don’t lose your right to vote!

Blaby residents are being asked to check that details on the Household Enquiry Form – soon to be delivered across the District – are correct.

The Electoral Registration Officer is required to carry out an annual check of who should be registered to vote.

Every home will be receiving a form asking residents to ensure that the information on the electoral register for the address is up to date.

Forms will be delivered to homes from today (Friday 11 August).

Residents who have recently changed address are urged to look out for the form to check whether they are registered. Being on the Electoral Register is important not just for voting and keeping the register up to date, but may also affect a person’s ability to access credit facilities.

Do it ‘online’

The quickest and easiest way to confirm details are correct or to make changes is to visit www.householdresponse.com/blaby, using the security codes printed on the letter. If all details are correct residents can also call 0800 197 9871 or text 80212 to confirm.

Anyone who is new to the property or who has turned 16 should also register to vote at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.

For more information contact the Electoral Services Team at electoral@blaby.gov.uk or 0116 272 7560 during office hours.

[Source/Graphic: Blaby DC Communications]
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Young ideas on PCC’s Five “Vs”

Organising police station open days and using Leicestershire’s universities to get voluntary support were among suggestions made by young people to the County’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Lord Willy Bach last week.

Members of Leicestershire’s Youth Commission were invited to meet the PCC to tell him how they think he can meet the five priorities he has set in his Police and Crime Plan 2017 – 2021 which was launched in March.

The event saw a range of interesting ideas put forward to feed into the PCC’s five key strands of opportunity that he has labelled “the five Vs” – Viable Partnerships, Visible Policing, Victim Services, Vulnerability Protection and Value for Money.

Better use of free resources such as social media sites was one of the ideas that came up during the Value for Money discussion and recruiting Community Volunteers was put forward as a way of helping protect the vulnerable.

The police station open days idea was put forward during the discussion about Visible Policing and the use of awareness-raising videos, specifically in relation to Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) came up under Victim Services.

Commenting on the event, Lord Bach said:

“I welcome discussion around ways in which everyone in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland can work together to reduce crime and reassure people and the members of the Youth Commission had some excellent ideas.

“We will be looking at the notes taken during the session and seeing how we might develop some of the suggestions made.”

Leicestershire Youth Commission allows young people between the ages of 14 and 25 to support and challenge the work of the Police and Crime Commissioner and Leicestershire Police.

It enables young people to become a part of the solution, rather than being seen as part of the problem.

[Source / photo.: Office of the P.C.C.]
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