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Man charged with 1979 murder of Peterborough woman

Murder victim Sally McGrath
Image caption Miss McGrath was last seen with a man in a Peterborough pub

A 59-year-old man has been charged with murdering a Peterborough woman more than 30 years ago.

Paul Taylor, has been charged with the murder of Sally McGrath, 22, whose body was found in Wild Board Spinney, at Castor Hanglands, in March 1980.

Mr Taylor, of Valentine Close, Fareham, Hampshire, has also been charged with three counts of rape, a sexual assault and an indecent assault in 1979.

He is due before Peterborough Magistrates' Court on Tuesday.

The arrest follows a cold case review into the death of Miss McGrath and seven other linked sex offences, codenamed Operation Highfields, which started in 2009.

Miss McGrath was last seen alive at about 15:00 BST on 11 July, 1979.

A post-mortem examination revealed she died from a blunt force injury to her head but it is not known what caused the injury.

Miss McGrath was living with her parents in Tower Street, Peterborough, at the time.

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