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Double child murderer Colin Pitchford roams free ‘just yards from school pupils’

Pitchfork in 1988, and pictured this week (Picture: Simon Jones/The Sun/Rex)

Child rapist and killer Colin Pitchfork was yards away from school pupils as he walked free for the first time in 33 years.

He was snapped in a flat cap, glasses, grey T-shirt and jeans on release from his probation hostel.

A week ago Pitchfork, who raped and murdered two 15-year-old schoolgirls in Leicestershire, was released after spending more than three decades behind bars.

Pitchfork, 61, has been made subject to more than 40 licence conditions, described by the Ministry of Justice as some of the strictest ‘ever set’.

He must wear an electronic tag and obey limits on contact with children.

Under the cover of darkness he was driven from the open prison Leyhill in Gloucershire to a probation hotel in southern England.   

The hotel is close to three schools and two nurseries, the Sun reported.

A source said: ‘It seems a really unsuitable place to house him. There’s three primary schools just a stone’s throw away and two nurseries nearby.’

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61-year-old Pitchfork pitched taking his first steps as a free man this week (Picture: News Group Newspapers)
The double murderer’s two victims (Picture: PA)

Rebecca Eastwood, whose sister Lynda Mann was his first victim, told the newspaper: ‘Why has he been placed near a number of schools?

‘I just hope the pictures will mean people will now be able to be on their guard.’

Pitchfork became the first man convicted of murder on the basis of DNA evidence in 1988 after admitting two murders, two rapes, two indecent assaults and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.

He was jailed in 1988 over his crimes which he committed during his 20s (Picture: Shutterstock)
Lynda Mann, 15, who was raped and murdered by Colin Pitchfork in November 1983 (Picture: Leicester Mercury)
Pitchfork’s second victim Dawn Ashworth, 15, who died in July 1986 (Picture: Leicester Mercury)

He was freed last Wednesday, with the Parole Board facing a furious backlash and government challenge over its decision.

A Ministry of Justice spokesman said: ‘Public safety is our top priority, which is why he is subject to some of the strictest licence conditions ever set and will remain under supervision for the rest of his life.

‘If he breaches these conditions, he faces an immediate return to prison.’


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