Ellesmere Port man quizzed over 'Babes in the Wood' girl's abuse probe
A man from Ellesmere Port has been arrested in connection with allegations that sexually abused a nine year old girl who woould later die in the infamous 'Babes in the Wood' murders.
Sussex Police said the investigation into child sex abuse involving Nicola Fellows was not connected to the ongoing investigation into the murder of the schoolgirl and her friend Karen Hadaway.
Nicola, nine, and Karen, 10, were found strangled in Wild Park, Brighton, in 1986.
No one has ever been brought to justice for the killings, which came to be known as the Babes in the Woods murders.
Labourer Russell Bishop was charged with the murders but was acquitted after the prosecution admitted a series of errors in the presentation of forensic evidence at his trial in 1987.
The police spokeswoman said the latest arrests related to allegations of sex abuse against Nicola during the 1980s.
She said: "A 59-year-old man has been arrested in Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, and a 44-year-old man has been arrested in Brighton on suspicion of sexual offences involving Nicola Fellows, one of the two victims of the Wild Park murders in 1986."
The investigation is being led by DCI Adam Hibbert of Sussex Police's Major Crime Branch.
Officers are appealing for anyone with information that might assist their investigation to contact Sussex Police on 0845 60 70 999, quoting Operation Iford.
The bodies of Karen and Nicola were found together on October 10, 1986.
A pathologist concluded they died between 7pm and 8pm the day before.
Bishop, who knew both girls and their families and had helped in the search, was arrested two months later.
He was jailed for life in 1991 for kidnapping and sexually assaulting a seven-year-old girl from Brighton. THE GLOBE