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Bamber claims 1m from family
Bamber arriving at court
Jeremy Bamber has always proclaimed his innocence
Convicted murderer Jeremy Bamber is trying to claim more than 1m compensation from his own family.

Bamber - who killed five members of his family 18 years ago - has begun a High Court action to recover 1.27m he claims he should have received under the terms of his grandmother's will.

The killer says he should have inherited his grandmother Mabel Speakman's former home at Carbonnells Farm in Wix near Clacton - and that he is also owed 17 years in back rent for the property.

Bamber, 42, is using a controversial website run on his behalf to announce his legal action against his adoptive uncle and aunt Robert and Pamela Boutflour who now live in the farmhouse.

It is rubbish and he is just interested in the publicity
Bamber's aunt Pamela Boutflour
Mrs Boutflour, 82, said it was a publicity stunt.

She said: "He murdered five members of his own family and this is just another bid by him to upset us.

"I have nothing to say about this action - it is rubbish and he is just interested in the publicity."

Bamber's fight to prove his innocence is due to go to the European Court of Human Rights even though an appeal at the High Court in London earlier this year failed.

Bamber was jailed for life in 1986 by a judge at Chelmsford Crown Court who described him as "evil beyond belief" for the murders of his adoptive parents farmer Neville and June Bamber, his sister Sheila "Bambi" Caffell and her six-year-old twin sons Nicholas and Daniel.

Bamber was convicted of the five murders at the remote farmhouse in Tolleshunt D'Arcy near Maldon, Essex, after the court heard he wanted to inherit the farm.

He provoked an angry response from his surviving family when he offered 1m reward for any fresh information which would help him have his sentence quashed.

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