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Appeal over Murrell murder case
Hilda Murrell
Hilda Murrell froze to death
A Shropshire man who was jailed for the murder of a 78-year-old peace campaigner has lodged an appeal against his conviction.

Andrew George, of Meadow Farm Drive, Harlescott, Shrewsbury, was sentenced to life imprisonment on 6 May for the murder and kidnap of Hilda Murrell.

He has now signed legal papers to appeal, which were submitted to Stafford Crown Court on Tuesday.

Ms Murrell was stabbed and left to freeze to death on 21 March 1984.

Conspiracy theories

Her body was found three days later in a wood in Hunkington, Shropshire.

She died of hypothermia after being sexually assaulted and stabbed four times.

George, 37, of Harlescott, Shrewsbury, who has always denied the killing, was jailed for life and told he must serve a minimum term of 15 years.

He was only 16 at the time of the murder.

Miss Murrell was a prominent anti-nuclear campaigner and her death spawned several conspiracy theories, including that she had been murdered by a security operative.

During the multi-million-pound police inquiry, officers investigated claims that MI5, British intelligence or other agents of the state had killed Miss Murrell.

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