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Notorious killer dies in Greenham

One of the UK's most notorious killers has died at Thornford Park near Greenham Common.

Peter Pickering, who was convicted last week of the rape and false imprisonment of a woman in South Yorkshire in 1972, passed away yesterday.

Pickering, aged 80, died after being taken ill in secure psychiatric accommodation where he was being held. His death is not being treated as suspicious.

He was found guilty of stabbing and strangling 14-year-old Shirley Boldy in Wombwell, near Barnsley, in 1972.

His recent convictions for the South Yorkshire rape came about as a result of a renewed investigation by West Yorkshire Police into the murder of Wakefield schoolgirl Elsie Frost who was killed in 1965.

Detective Superintendent Nick Wallen, of West Yorkshire Police Homicide and Major Enquiry Team, said: “We can now formally confirm that Peter Pickering was the man we arrested and interviewed over the last two years as part of the renewed investigation into the murder of 14-year-old schoolgirl Elsie Frost in Wakefield in 1965.

“We strongly suspected that Peter Pickering was responsible for her murder. We had been liaising with the Crown Prosecution Service and it was our expectation that Pickering would be charged in due course.

“His unexpected death clearly means that will no longer happen. We have informed all those involved in the case of this development and we will be liaising with the West Yorkshire Coroner as to what proceedings are now necessary in relation to Elsie Frost’s death.”

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