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Fury as Sir Keir Starmer BACKS release of double child killer Colin Pitchfork who raped and murdered two teen girls

SIR Keir Starmer says he backs the release of double child killer Colin Pitchfork.

The Labour leader, who was Director of Public Prosecutions before becoming an MP, said Pitchfork “has to be released”.

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Sir Keir Starmer said he backs the release of double child killer Colin Pitchfork[/caption]

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Pitchfork raped and murdered two 15-year-olds, Lynda Mann and Dawn Ashworth, in the 1980s[/caption]

Pitchfork, 61, raped and murdered two 15-year-olds, Lynda Mann and Dawn Ashworth, in the 1980s.

Sir Keir told LBC: “He has served a long sentence and he served the sentence imposed on him by the court, and under our system that means there comes a point at which he has to be released.

“That doesn’t make it easier for you, it doesn’t make it any easier for the families.

“There’s a great tendency politicians are leaping on a particular case.

“Actually if we think the system is wrong or sentences are wrong in general we should change the law on sentencing and look at whether it should be longer sentences in some of these cases.”

Pitchfork was caged for life in 1988 for raping and killing two 15-year-old girls in Leicestershire.

After he was denied parole in 2018, the Parole Board approved his release earlier this month.

Pitchfork, now 61, was the first person in the world to be arrested and convicted using DNA evidence.

After applying for parole in 2017, their killer was pictured preparing for life on the outside — and was even spotted shopping in Bristol on day release.

Kath Eastwood, the mother of one of his victims, Lynda Mann, said he should never be freed as he would always be a danger to the public.

Kath added: “He shouldn’t even be breathing and should, at least, be locked up forever.’’

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Pitchfork was caged for life but has been granted parole[/caption]

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