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Catching Britain's Killers: Colin Pitchfork was allowed to hit the shops in busy city centre ahead of release

ONE of the UK's most notorious killers, featured in the BBC's Catching Britain's Killers tonight, was allowed back on the streets of Britain to go shopping before he was released.

Colin Pitchfork, the first person in the world to be snared using DNA evidence, wandered alone around a city centre as preparation for his release.

It was the first time he had been seen in public since he was jailed almost 30 beforehand.

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.’’

Pitchfork was jailed for life in 1988 for raping and murdering Lynda and Dawn Ashworth, both 15, in Leicestershire.

The 59-year-old was convicted on DNA fingerprinting evidence and the first to be caught as a result of mass DNA screening.

But the killer, nearing the end of his sentence, was allowed out to roam Bristol city centre for six hours.

He was seen eating a pulled pork sandwich and giggled as he pored over Great British Bake Off books.

Pitchfork, who changed his name to Thorpe, also went to a job centre and visited three banks.


He was returned by staff to HMP Leyhill, an open prison in Gloucestershire.

Lynda’s father, Jonathan is stricken with Parkinson’s disease and “luckily too ill” to grasp the situation.

His wife, Karan said her husband was stuck in hospital because there was no money for care but Pitchfork was getting “all the support he could ever hope for”.




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