Double child killer Colin Pitchfork to face public parole hearing

Double child killer Colin Pitchfork’s next parole hearing will take place in public in July. The Parole Board granted an application for a public hearing in the case in the “interests of justice”, a decision published on Thursday said.

The hearing is due to take place in July. Parole Board hearings typically are conducted behind closed doors, but can now, in certain circumstances, take place in public if requested, after changes in the law in a bid to remove the secrecy behind the process.

Caroline Corby, chairwoman of the Parole Board, said: “I have carefully considered Mr Pitchfork’s representations and I have concluded that the interests of justice outweigh the points raised on Mr Pitchfork’s behalf.”

Pitchfork was jailed for life in 1988 after raping and strangling two 15-year-olds, Lynda Mann and Dawn Ashworth, in Leicestershire in 1983 and 1986.