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Child killer Robert France jailed for burglary

A child killer who broke into a house five months after being released from prison has been sent back to jail.

Robert France, 54, was freed on licence last year after serving more than 20 years for murdering 14-year-old Gillian Atkins in Lincolnshire in 1983.

He was charged with burglary over a break-in at a house in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, in October.

France, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty and was jailed for five years at the city's crown court.

A Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) spokeswoman said the couple who lived at the house had returned to find a hole drilled in a door and property strewn about inside.

France was caught after his blood was found at the scene, she said.

The killer, who was recalled to prison following his arrest last year, was jailed for life in 1983 for the murder of the Market Deeping schoolgirl.

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