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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.”

Colin Pitchfork image
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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Council depot on the move

Blaby DC new depot - artists impressionBlaby District Council’s Neighbourhood Services will be making the short journey from Littlethorpe to Whetstone as the service relocates to a modern, 21st century depot.

The Council will be moving its service from the existing base to the new yard next to the County Council-run Whetstone Tip on Enderby Road.

Wates Construction began building the new Depot in January this year after planning permission had been approved in late 2015.

The completion date is anticipated to be sometime in late summer 2016.

The existing Depot has been located at Warwick Road, Littlethorpe for over 60 years and was in need of considerable re-investment to bring it up to current standards, along with the current depot lying within an existing residential area.

Relocation was sought in order to maintain the Council’s excellent reputation for refuse and recycling and other depot related services.

The Refuse and Recycling service is highly regarded by residents with the most recent Residents Survey revealing that 97% of respondents were satisfied with the service.

Enderby Road industrial estate was considered the most convenient and efficient location.

The new depot will contain an administration area, operational staff facilities including a changing/shower block and a fully equipped Training Room.

There will also be extensive vehicle maintenance facilities such as a state-of-the-art vehicle servicing area, with the ability to expand the future workload if required.

Councillor Guy Jackson, Portfolio Holder for Neighbourhood and Regulatory Services, said:

“I’m proud that we have finally managed to start work on our new depot.

“The modernisation will enable us to adapt to the inevitable changes in the coming decades.

“I hope that our investment in the future of such an important and well-regarded service for our residents emphasises the commitment that the Council has to our outstanding Neighbourhood Services team.”

The Council’s social media and website will have the latest news and images on the depot’s construction through to scheduled opening later this year.

Visit www.twitter.com/blabydc or www.facebook.com/blabydc to stay up to date.

Blaby DC new depot under construction
New depot under construction
New Whetstone Depot - artists impression
New Whetstone Depot – artists impression

Littlethorpe man sentenced for drugs offences

justiceA man has been sentenced following drug related offences in nearby Littlethorpe.

Leon Bowes, 23, from Biddle Road, Littlethorpe, was found guilty of two counts of possession with intent to supply at Leicester Crown Court at an earlier hearing.

He was sentenced on Friday October 25, 2013 to a 14 month custodial sentence suspended for 18 months, ordered to do 100 hours unpaid work, given a four month curfew with certain restrictions and given a confiscation order for money seized.

Officers executed warrants at his address in January 2012 and February 2013 and discovered a quantity of cannabis inside the property. They also discovered £280 cash and a number of other items which were linked to drug dealing.

PC Aaran Biggs, who investigated the case, said:

“This case was brought to our attention by members of the local community who were concerned about the activity that was going on in their area.

“It was thanks to their vigilance and desire for a safe neighbourhood that we were able to arrest Bowes.

“Every member of the public has a right to live in a drug free neighbourhood and the communities of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland should not be blighted by the actions of a few individuals.

“I hope today’s conviction not only reassures members of this community, but also serves as a deterrent to anyone who is thinking of getting involved in this type of criminal activity – we will not tolerate it and will do all we can to put you before the courts.”

Anyone with information about drug use of dealing in their area is as to contact Leicestershire Police on 101

Teen admits Littlethorpe handling and Braunstone motoring charges

A 15-year-old boy has admitted handling a car stolen in a burglary.

The burglary was committed in Parnell Close, Littlethorpe, on Sunday (February 17).

The boy was arrested on Monday, and appeared at Leicester Youth Court on Wednesday.

As well as the handling offence, he admitted dangerous driving, driving without a licence, and driving without insurance.

All these offences were committed in Braunstone on Monday (February 18).

He was given a 12 month youth rehabilitation order, placed under supervision, and given an eight week 8pm to 7am curfew. He was also ordered to pay a £15 victim’s surcharge

Man charged following football disorder investigation

A 50-year-old man has been charged with a public order offence, following an investigation by Leicestershire Police in to allegations of disorder at an under-15s football match.

The incident is alleged to have taken place on October 21 at Warwick Road, Littlethorpe, at a game between Blaby and Whetstone FC and Leicester Nirvana FC.

The man is due to appear at Leicester Magistrates’ Court on February 25.