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Sunday, 17 May, 1998, 05:05 GMT 06:05 UK
Child killer could face new charge
The Mail on Sunday reports that Cooke is being investigated in connection with Mark Tildesley's death
Child killer Sidney Cooke is to be questioned in connection with a second murder, a British Sunday newspaper has reported.

According to The Mail on Sunday, detectives are to question Cooke about the death of seven-year-old Mark Tildesley 14 years ago.

Cooke is currently in protective police custody in Somerset as a result of threats from the public after his release from prison. He had served nine years of a 14-year sentence for the manslaughter of Jason Swift, 14.

The Mail on Sunday reports that police are reactivating the search for Mark Tildesley's body, and are planning to dig up part of a golf course which now covers the area where he is thought to have been killed. Mark disappeared near Wokingham in 1984.

Cooke mentioned at trial

Only one man, Leslie Bailie, was ever charged in connection with Mark's death, but he told police that others were involved. Cooke's name was among those mentioned by Bailey, who was subsequently murdered in prison.

According to the newspaper, police decided to reconsider Cooke's involvement in Mark's death after a witness recalled seeing a man of Cooke's description acting suspiciously in Wokingham at the time of Mark's disappearance.

The newspaper reports that the witness was reminded of the incident after seeing recent press photographs of Cooke.

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