Colin Pitchfork release LIVE – Justice Secretary urged to intervene over the release of double child rapist and killer

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.

Pitchfork was jailed for life after brutally strangling 15-year-old girls Lynda Mann and Dawn Ashworth to death in Leicestershire in 1983 and 1986 respectively.

A hearing took place in March this year to consider if he was suitable for release – and the decision to set him free after 33 years was published today.

Pitchfork, then in his 20s, became the first man convicted of murder on the basis of DNA evidence and was jailed for life at Leicester Crown Court in 1988, with a minimum sentence of 30 years to be served.

He was eventually caught after the world’s first mass screening for DNA, as 5,000 men in three villages were asked to volunteer blood or saliva samples.

Pitchfork will be released with 35 conditions, including the use of probation supervision, the wearing of an electronic tag and multiple lie detector tests.

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