Colin Pitchfork: Double child murderer arrested and remanded in jail for ‘violation of license terms’ | UK News

Double child killer Colin Pitchfork has been arrested and remanded in jail, the Justice Department has said.

It happens two months after he was released from prison.

Pitchfork was returned to custody on Friday due to a breach of his license terms and his re-release will be a matter for the Parole Board, it is understood.

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Dawn Ashworth (left) and Lynda Mann were killed when they were 15

A spokesman for the Danish Prison and Probation Service said: “Protecting the public is our first priority, so when offenders break the conditions of their release and potentially pose an increased risk, we do not hesitate to return them for detention.”

Now in his early 60s, Pitchfork was jailed for life after raping and strangling 15-year-olds Lynda Mann and Dawn Ashworth in Leicestershire in 1983 and 1986, respectively.

At the time he committed his first crime, Pitchfork was a 22-year-old, married father of two.

He was eventually caught after the world’s first mass screening for DNA – in which 5,000 men in three villages were asked to voluntarily give blood or saliva samples – and admitted two murders, two rapes, two indecent assaults and conspiracy to pervert the trial.

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Pitchfork became the first man to be convicted of murder on the basis of DNA evidence in 1988.

His minimum term of 30 years was cut by two years in 2009 and he was transferred to HMP Leyhill Open Prison in Gloucestershire three years ago.

Following a hearing in March, the Parole Board ruled that Pitchfork was “fit for release”, despite being rejected in 2016 and 2018.

At the time of his release in September, then-Justice Minister Robert Buckland told Sky News that Pitchfork would be “subject to the strictest licensing conditions” seen in the UK – including a GPS tag and a lie detector test.

Earlier, Mr Buckland had written to the Parole Board – which is independent of the government – asking them to reconsider their decision. This was rejected by the board.

In all, there were more than 40 conditions on him – 36 more than most former inmates.

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September: Double child killer is released from prison

Pitchfork was entered on the register of sex offenders and had to live at a designated address, be under probation, carry an electronic tag, participate in polygraph – lie detector – tests and state which vehicles he uses and who he talks to while also standing facing special limits for contact with children.

He was subject to a curfew, had restrictions on the use of technology, and faced restrictions on where he could go.