Joint Statement on 2006 Molly Wright Murder and BBC Inside Out (28 Jan 2013)

West Yorkshire Police will not be taking further action in the case of Molly Wright, which is featured in tonight's (Mon 28 Jan) BBC1 Inside Out programme.

The programme focuses on a number of questions, raised by a private investigator who independently looked at the case.

West Yorkshire Police has considered all the issues raised and subsequently put to the Force and has found nothing which is either significant or which we failed to investigate at the time.

"There is nothing to warrant re-opening the case, which was successfully tried at Crown Court, a judgment subsequently upheld by both the Court of Appeal and Criminal Case Review Commission", said  West Yorkshire's temporary Chief Constable John Parkinson.

"We have written directly to the private detective, providing full explanations for all the points he raised."

Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire, Mark Burns-Williamson said: "I have been fully briefed on the circumstances of the case and I'm satisfied that there appear to be no question marks around who was responsible."

Molly Wright was murdered on 27th Sept 2006, at Redhill Gardens, Airedale, Castleford.

On 12th May 2008, at Leeds Crown Court, David Hill was convicted of murder and sentenced to life imprisonment, with a minimum tariff of 14 years.

Mr Hill unsuccessfully appealed against his conviction on two occasions (Nov 2008 and July 2009). Following a request by his defence team, the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) conducted a full review of the investigation, the outcome being not to refer the case back to court.

West Yorkshire Police is satisfied there is no necessity or requirement to refer the matter back to the CCRC again and will inform them of this decision.

Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner

John Parkinson, Temporary Chief Constable, West Yorkshire Police

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