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Acquitted man revisits scene
Anthony Steele
Anthony Steele handed out 500 copies of the letter
A man who spent 20 years in jail for a murder he did not commit has returned to the scene of the crime to spread word of his innocence.

Anthony Steele, 47, from Bradford, was acquitted of the killing of Carole Wilkinson at the Court of Appeal in February 2003.

The 20-year-old victim was found with head injuries close to her home on the Ravenscliffe estate in the city in October 1977

On Wednesday, Mr Steele returned to the estate where he grew up after receiving an official apology from West Yorkshire Police - 24 years after he was convicted.

He distributed more than 500 copies of the letter to residents in Ravenscliffe and urged them to help police find the real killer.

Mr Steele told BBC Look North: "All I'd like to see is the actual person who has done it caught and put behind bars.

"That would give me some satisfaction, knowing that the police had actually got the right person.

"It didn't matter what I'd say [after his arrest], the police just didn't want to know. As far as they were concerned they had their man."

West Yorkshire Police are now reinvestigating the murder of Miss Wilkinson, who was attacked as she walked to work.

Chief Constable Colin Cramphorn said in the letter: "I offer you my personal apology on behalf of the force and welcome your offer to support us in any future inquiry into this matter."




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