‘Babes in the wood’ killer Russell Bishop dies of cancer

The “babes in the wood” killer Russell Bishop, who murdered two schoolgirls in Brighton in 1986, has died in hospital, the prison service has said.

Bishop, 55, was jailed for a minimum of 36 years in 2018 after being found guilty of killing nine-year-olds Nicola Fellows and Karen Hadaway.

Bishop was 20 years old when he sexually assaulted and strangled the girls in a woodland den in Brighton, East Sussex, in October 1986.

He was cleared of their murders in December 1987 but within three years went on to kidnap, molest and throttle a seven-year-old girl, leaving her for dead at Devils Dyke.

While serving life for attempted murder, Bishop was ordered to face a fresh trial under the double jeopardy law, in light of a DNA breakthrough.

A Prison Service spokesperson said: “HMP Frankland prisoner Russell Bishop died in hospital on 20 January 20. The Prisons and Probation Ombudsman has been informed.”

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