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UK BABES IN THE WOOD: Two 9-year-old girls murdered in England - 1986 *ARREST**GUILTY*

Discussion in 'Europe: Cold Cases' started by Lily, Sep 24, 2016.

  1. Lily

    Lily Bronze Member

    This one Britain's most famous "unsolved" cases, a particularly horrible crime.. This year, a suspect was arrested.

    The bodies of two nine-year-old girls, Nicola Fellows and Karen Hadaway were found in Wild Park, Moulsecoomb, north of Brighton, England, in 1986. A local roofer, Russell Bishop, was tried for the rape and strangulation of the two girls, but was acquitted. The case remains open. Bishop was convicted in 1990 for the kidnapping and attempted murder of a seven-year-old girl.

    On 10 May 2016, a man was arrested for the murders. The suspect was initially not named for legal reasons.



    Karen Hadaway, left, and Nicola Fellows, right, were killed in October 1986

    Neighbours Nicola, 10, and Karen, nine, were snatched off the street close to their homes in the Moulsecoomb estate in Brighton on October 9, 1986, after going out to play.

    Relatives and friends joined more than 150 police officers in a massive hunt for the girls after they failed to return home.

    They were found strangled in the city's Wild Park the next day, huddled together with Karen's head resting on her friend's lap. Nicola has been sexually assaulted before her death.

    May 20, 2016:

    Man arrested over 'Babes in the Wood' murders of girls aged 10 and nine nearly 30 years on

    The suspect was arrested today by the Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team over the deaths of playmates Nicola Fellows, 10, and nine-year-old Karen Hadaway, whose bodies were found dumped in a park near their Brighton homes in October 1986.

    The crimes, which came to be known as the 'Babes in the Wood killings, remain one of the country's most notorious unsolved cases.


    I haven't seen any updates on this on a while, will be looking for some!
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  2. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    They still haven't named the suspect? Is that common for the UK?
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  3. Lily

    Lily Bronze Member

    I dunno! But we have similar laws here about release of info and in some cases a total blackout.. It's such a famous case, I was sure there'd be a lot of updates by now.
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  4. Lily

    Lily Bronze Member

    Hopefully they've actually solved it this time. There's been several arrests that haven't gone anywhere...

    One of the victims' father was arrested some time back.. This article is from 2009 and sheds light on some of the controversy surrounding the case:


    The father of one of two schoolgirls murdered 23 years ago was arrested yesterday on suspicion of conspiracy to rape the child.

    Barrie Fellows's daughter Nicola, ten, and her nine-year-old playmate Karen Hadaway were strangled, sexually assaulted and dumped in undergrowth in a case that came to be known as the Babes in the Wood.

    Teenager Russell Bishop, who knew both girls and once lodged at Nicola's home in Brighton, was acquitted in 1987 of the double killing which remains one of the country's most notorious unsolved crimes.

    Yesterday Fellows, 59, was questioned on suspicion of conspiracy to rape Nicola after Sussex Police travelled to see him in Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, where he now lives.

    Family friend Douglas Judd, 44, was arrested at his Brighton home and questioned on suspicion of raping her. Both were bailed without charge to report back to police on June 18.

    The men were arrested after a witness came forward to make a statement.

    Sussex police insisted that the new sexual abuse investigation is 'quite distinct' from the unresolved murder inquiry, but said the 'status' of the arrested men could be reviewed 'in light of whatever we find out today'.

    Detectives believed the girls knew their killer and arrested Bishop three weeks later.

    On December 10, 1987, a jury took a little over two hours to find the 19-year-old roof tiler not guilty of the murders.

    In 1991 he was jailed for life for the kidnap, sexual assault and attempted murder of a seven-year-old girl from Brighton two miles from where Nicola and Karen were found.

    He faces a parole hearing later this year.

    Police questioned Fellows during the Babes in the Wood investigation and he suffered a long-running hate campaign from some on his council estate.

    After Bishop's acquittal, his girlfriend Marion Stevenson told a Sunday newspaper that shortly before the murders she had visited a house on the Moulsecoomb estate and seen a man watching a pornographic video featuring Nicola and another man.

    Last night Fellows condemned police who arrested him and insisted there was 'no credence whatsoever' to the allegations.

    In a statement he said: 'A false allegation was made in 1987 by an ex-girlfriend of Russell Bishop. This was investigated by Sussex police and was found to have no credence whatsoever.

    'I am absolutely devastated that the police have chosen to revisit this false claim and arrest myself and another man. I will be seeking legal advice regarding false imprisonment and wrongful arrest. I will also be seeking civil action against the ex-girlfriend of Russell Bishop.

    'Not a day goes by when Nicola is not on my mind and in my family's thoughts. My family are pressing on to stop Russell Bishop's parole in August and we strongly believe this allegation is related to that.'
    Nicola's uncle, former Metropolitan Police officer Ian Heffron, said he was shocked and added: 'I believe there is another agenda. Russell Bishop has said he will do anything to get out of prison and I would not put it past him to do this to help him get parole.'

    Sussex police refuse to identify the witness who has given the statement - or why they have come forward more than two decades after the murders - that led to yesterday's arrests.

    Detective Chief Inspector Adam Hibbert, who is leading the investigation, said: 'At the moment there is no information or evidence to link the two to the murders.

    'At this present moment in time Russell Bishop does not feature in this investigation. We are not seeing him, we are not speaking to him.'

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...ion-plotting-rape-murdered.html#ixzz4LDCQLpUy
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  5. Lily

    Lily Bronze Member

    (from 2009)

    'All I've done is lose my daughter'. Barrie Fellows has lived with suspicion for 23 years after the unsolved murder of his own daughter

    The knock at the door of Barrie Fellows' house in April this year brought him a visit from the police – and from his past. Standing outside his Cheshire home were officers from Sussex constabulary, a force he had last dealt with in 1986 when they investigated the murder and sexual assault of his 10-year-old daughter, Nicola, and her nine-year-old friend, Karen Hadaway.

    Dubbed the Babes in the Wood killings, the crimes remain one of Britain's most notorious unsolved cases. Yet the detectives at the door of Mr Fellows's home on that Tuesday morning 12 weeks ago had not come to inform Barrie, 59, of a breakthrough in the case.

    "When I heard the words 'Sussex Police' my first thought was that they had arrested someone for murdering my daughter," he said. "Then my mind started to wander and I asked if something had happened to my son, who still lives in Brighton. One of the officers said 'No, we've come to arrest you'."

    He was led away and accused of the most heinous of crimes: sexually assaulting his own child before her death. The police trumpeted news of the arrests and the men's names appeared in the media. Officers pointed out that the arrests were "quite distinct" from the murder investigation, but, rather curiously, told the press that the status of the arrested men could be reviewed "in light of whatever we find out today".

    But 12 weeks on, a rather different picture has emerged. Last week, Mr Fellows was released without charge – a victim of a malicious allegation which Sussex Police said it had a duty to investigate. For Mr Fellows, the episode has not only been traumatic but it has brought back memories of 1986 and the unimaginable horror of the death of his daughter.

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  6. Ladyslug

    Ladyslug Bronze Member

    Generally the only reason a persons named is not released to the press is if they are under 18 years old or are classed as a vulnerable adult.
    This is if there charged.
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  7. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    They'd have to be over 18 in this case.
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  8. Lily

    Lily Bronze Member

    Maybe he's got something like Alzheimer's? That'd make him a "vulnerable adult"?
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  9. Ladyslug

    Ladyslug Bronze Member

    All the news sites just say cannot be named and no updates as to weather charged or not.
    I would think if it was some sort of dementia that they would at least say that and hold him at somewhere while gathering evidence.
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  10. Lily

    Lily Bronze Member

    That's a detail I never knew before, that Bishop had actually lodged at their house. Then 4 years later, he's arrested for being a homicidal pedo? The chances of this being a coincidence are imo pretty damn slim.

    So I'm wondering whether they're keeping a lid on the suspect's name because more than person was involved, directly or indirectly (iykwim) and they're hoping to catch accomplices.
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  11. Ladyslug

    Ladyslug Bronze Member


    A convicted paedophile has been found guilty of murdering two schoolgirls who were found strangled and sexually assaulted near Brighton 32 years ago.

    Russell Bishop, 52, had protested his innocence since the bodies of Nicola Fellows and Karen Hadaway were found.

    Cleared of their murders in 1987, Bishop went on to attack a seven-year-old girl within three years, leaving her for dead in 1990, but she survived.

    He was convicted of the double murder in a second trial at the Old Bailey.
  12. spike

    spike Bronze Member

    How terrible for these families and victims.

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