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Killer Colin Pitchfork ‘changed name’ and avoided gender registration

Killer schoolgirl Colin Pitchfork could be released today, it’s been announced

The mother of one of the victims of Colin Pitchfork’s killer has spoken of her anger amid claims he will not be placed on the sex offender registry – and plans to change his name.

Pitchfork, 61 years old, will be released after 33 years behind bars for the rape and murder of Lynda Mann and Dawn Ashworth, both 15, in Leicestershire in 1983 and 1986 respectively.

The Parole Board has faced backlash over its decision to free Pitchfork – although government challenge.

He could be released from HMP Leyhill today, according to Sunday Mirror.

Pitchfork is said to have used the alias David Thorpe – but was legally entitled to change his name.

Dawn’s mother Barbara, 75, said: ‘It’s shocking that he can legally do it. People need to know who he is and what he has done.

“He’s a very dangerous man – he shouldn’t be out on the streets at all,” she told the Mirror.

‘He can’t hide who he is.’

Barbara and Robin Ashworth, parents of Dawn Ashworth, pictured in August 1986 (Image: Coventry Telegraph/BPM Media)

And the grieving mother, from Cornwall, called Pitchfork ‘arrogant’ and ‘a psychopath who thinks he’s first’.

“The public must be protected from him and every protective measure must be taken,” she warned.

Former Home Secretary David Blunkett also expressed his ‘deep disappointment’ at how the Parole Board refused to reverse its decision, given his ‘criminal nature’.

‘The least that can now be expected to secure the public’s trust and make their safety a top priority in his release, is to put him on the register with all including the consequential checks and restrictions that this brings.’

Dawn Ashworth, who was raped and murdered by Pitchfork in 1986 (Image: Leicester Mercury)

But Pitchfork – who became the first man found guilty of murder based on DNA evidence in 1988 – avoided being placed on the list due to a legal loophole that means anyone convicted of a sex crime Education before September 1997 will not be supervised.

There are about 65,000 people on the Register of Sex Offenders, who must notify police with details including their name, address and date of birth.

Pitchfork is said to be subject to strict conditions that include wearing a tag, living at a specific address and taking a lie detector test.

Lynda Mann was murdered in 1983 (Image: Cavendish Press)

His conservative counterpart, Lord Porter, has urged the Department of Justice to close the loophole.

“You can’t have too many protections with criminals like Colin Pitchfork,” he told the Sunday People.

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Murderer Colin Pitchfork ‘to change name’ and avoid sex register due to loophole

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