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Monday, 29 October, 2001, 14:03 GMT
Police probe killer's past
Killer Philip Smith, 36, was a taxi driver and fairground worker
Smith killed three women within 96 hours
Senior detectives from six police forces have met to discuss possible links between a number of unsolved murders and a jailed serial killer.

Philip Smith, 36, from Braithwaite Road, Sparkbrook, Birmingham, is serving life after he admitted murdering three women in November 2000.

Teenager Jodie Hyde was strangled and her body burned. Rosemary Corcoran was beaten to death before he ran over Carol Jordan in a car.

Ms Jordan was then kicked to death.

Rainbow Pub, Digbeth
Smith's regular pub in Birmingham

Smith, a former fairground worker and taxi driver, was jailed at Leicester Crown Court in July.

The meeting took place at the headquarters of West Mercia Police near Worcester, on 25 October.

Representatives from six forces took part under the auspices of West Midlands Police.

At the time of the court case, Chief Superintendent Ellie Baker from West Midlands police said: "Philip Smith is already a triple killer and we would be wrong to leave it at that, we need to search further."

There have been reports that detectives are examining possible links between Smith and the death of Patricia Lynott, a barmaid at the Digbeth pub in Birmingham where he occasionally worked.

Ms Lynott's body was found in her flat in Bordesley Green, Birmingham, two weeks before Smith strangled Jodie Hyde.

The operation to catch Smith, codenamed Green, involved more than 100 detectives and 50 support staff from West Mercia and West Midlands Police.

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