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Crimewatch UK reveals developments in Lesley Molseed murder inquiry and speaks to schoolgirl's mother

Detectives investigating the murder in 1975 of 11-year-old schoolgirl, Lesley Molseed, will launch a fresh appeal for information with news of a DNA profile on Crimewatch UK on Wednesday 5 February. Lesley's mother will speak exclusively about her daughter's murder.

Officers from West Yorkshire Police will reveal that they are now in a position to eliminate people from their inquiry, based on a DNA profile they believe was left at the scene of the crime by Lesley's killer.

The discovery of DNA came as a surprise as most of the evidence had been disposed of in the 1970s and just a few fragments remained in storage.

Detective Chief Superintendent Max Mclean will be appealing to members of the public for assistance in identifying the killer. "It may be that someone has harboured a suspicion for 27 years that a friend, relative or acquaintance could have killed this little girl," he says. "We now have the ability, through the development of scientific methods, to eliminate these people once and for all."

Lesley's mother, April, speaks to the programme about the loss of her daughter. "When we heard the police had found DNA we were absolutely elated, it's like all our Christmases rolled into one - it gives us great hope," she says.

And on Lesley's disappearance: "After two hours, I knew she was gone - I could feel it in the whole of my body. And I never lost that feeling, it just grew stronger and stronger and I thought I'm never going to see her again."

She also talks movingly about identifying Lesley's body: "My husband woke me up and said the detectives think they've found Lesley. They wanted us to go to Halifax. They took me down a corridor, into a room, and she was lying on the table as though she was asleep. And for one wonderful moment I thought she was asleep."

Crimewatch UK, Wednesday 5 February at 9.00pm on BBC ONE.

Notes to Editors

Around noon on Sunday 5 October 1975 Lesley Molseed left her home in Delamere Road, Rochdale on an errand for her mother to buy a loaf of bread and an air freshener from a local shop.

Three days later her body was discovered on open moorland above the A672 Oldham to Halifax Road in Ripponden, West Yorkshire. She had been stabbed 12 times and sexually assaulted.

Following a major investigation, Stefan Kizsko, a tax clerk from Rochdale, was convicted of her murder.

Following an appeal he was released from prison in 1992 but died shortly afterwards.

The murder investigation was re-opened at this time but without success in tracing Lesley's killer.

In 2001 West Yorkshire police approached the forensic science service to review the case and any material left from the original inquiry.

After experimenting with new techniques, forensic scientists were able to generate a DNA profile from semen found on Lesley's body. This profile can be compared to suspects' DNA by means of a simple and painless swabbing test. Suspects who have died since the murder can also be tested.

Various suspects from the original investigation have been eliminated, including Peter Sutcliffe and Robert Black.

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