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Monday, 18 November, 2002, 17:56 GMT
'Babes in wood' murder case reviewed
Karen Hadaway (left) and Nicola Fellows
Karen (left) and Nicola were killed in the 1980s
Police in Sussex are reviewing the unsolved murders of two children in a Brighton park 16 years ago.

The killings of nine-year-olds Karen Hadaway and Nicola Fellows, who were found dead in Wild Park in the city, will be re-examined, police confirmed on Monday.

Russell Bishop, who is serving life for the kidnap and attempted murder of another child, was cleared of killing the two girls.

Sussex Police's major crime review branch hopes forensic science breakthroughs may shed new light on the 1986 murders that became known as the Babes in the Woods case.


We have only ever wanted the right person locked away

Michelle Johnson
A police spokeswoman said: "We regularly look at unsolved cases to see if there are any changes in witness statements or scientific evidence.

"We will be looking to see if advances in forensic testing could take the case forward."

'Family devastated'

Michelle Johnson, the mother of Karen Hadaway, welcomed the news.

Russell Bishop
Russell Bishop was cleared of the girls' murders
"We have only ever wanted the right person locked away, but it is very hard to be optimistic when we keep coming up against closed doors.

"This has devastated my family.

"My husband died of a heart attack. My brother died during the trial.

"I just hope something can be found that proves it either way," she said.

Mrs Johnson was planning to join Susan Eisman - the mother of Nicola Fellows - at Downing Street on Monday to hand in a petition calling for tougher penalties for paedophiles, but had to pull out due to ill health.


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