Susanna Reid emotional over child killer Colin Pitchfork's release saying families will want him 'torn limb from limb'

SUSANNA Reid got emotional today as she discussed the upcoming release of double child killer Colin Pitchfork.

The distressed presenter said the victims' families will want him "torn limb from limb" during a debate on Good Morning Britain.

Sex-obsessed Pitchfork was caged for life in 1988 for the rape and murder of 15-year-old schoolgirls Lynda Mann and Dawn Ashworth in Leicestershire.

But the Parole Board has deemed the 61-year-old – the first murderer to be convicted using DNA evidence – is no longer a danger to the public after being turned down for release on two previous occasions.

Susanna told the programme: "It's an eternal punishment [for the victims' families]. I can't imagine.

"We have the honour of sharing those stories in broadcasting and listening to those stories is immensely distressing.

"I can imagine if you're in that situation you'd want that person torn limb from limb, frankly."

The mother of Dawn Ashworth has said Pitchfork "will always present a danger".

And the sister of his first victim, Lynda Mann, said the only sentence Pitchfork should have received was “a bullet to the head”.

Pitchfork will have 35 conditions attached to his release – which include electronic tagging, lie detector tests and he must provide details of any vehicle he owns.

Pitchfork, who now calls himself David Thorpe after ditching his notorious name, raped and strangled Lynda, 15, in November 1983.

The teenager had left her home to visit a friend – but never returned.

Her body was found the next morning on a deserted footpath.

Three years later, Pitchfork, who worked as a baker, struck again – killing and raping Dawn, also 15, in almost identical circumstances.

Her body was found less than a mile from where Lynda had been attacked.

Pitchfork pleaded guilty to the rape and murder of Lynda and Dawn, and was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 30 years.

This was reduced on appeal to 28 years in 2009.

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