Babes in the Woods killer Russell Bishop dies in hospital

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Babes In The Woods Killer Russell Bishop Dies In Hospital Babes In The Woods Killer Russell Bishop Dies In Hospital
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By Flora Thompson, PA Home Affairs Correspondent

Babes in the Wood killer Russell Bishop – who murdered two schoolgirls in the 1980s – has died in hospital, the British Prison Service said.

The 55-year-old was jailed for a minimum of 36 years in 2018 after being found guilty of killing nine-year-olds Nicola Fellows and Karen Hadaway.

Bishop was 20 years old when he sexually assaulted and strangled the girls in a woodland den in Brighton, East Sussex, in October 1986.

Karen Hadaway, left, and Nicola Fellows (PA)

He was cleared of their murders on December 10th, 1987 but within three years went on to kidnap, molest and throttle a seven-year-old girl, leaving her for dead at Devils Dyke.

While serving life for attempted murder, Bishop was ordered to face a fresh trial under the double jeopardy law, in light of a DNA breakthrough.

A Prison Service spokesman said: “HMP Frankland prisoner Russell Bishop died in hospital on January 20. The Prisons and Probation Ombudsman has been informed.”

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