WAS COLETTE VICTIM OF THE M1 MANIAC?; CRIME EXPERT'S NEW RESEARCH LINKS PAEDOPHILE BLACK TO MURDERS OF 17 GIRLS.(News)

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Byline: CAROLINE WHEELER

SERIAL killer Robert Black has been linked to a spate of unsolved murders and abductions along his old delivery route - the M1 motorway - including a Midland schoolgirl.

A leading crime expert has drawn-up a 'murder map' tracking the former van driver's movements along the length and breadth of Britain and into mainland Europe.

And after using a technique known as geographic profiling, Professor David Canter now believes that Black may have killed as many as SEVENTEEN girls, including one from the Midlands.

He believes that Colette Aram, 16, from Keyworth in Nottingham, who was strangled and sexually assaulted in 1983, could have been one of the evil killer's victims.

was found in a field at Keyworth, near Nottingham.

The grim discovery was made in October 1983 - less than 10 miles from the M1 motorway during the period Black was known to use the route.

At the time Nottinghamshire Police issued a photofit of the suspect which bears a striking resemblance to Black.

Prof Canter also believes that a three-year-old girl, found confused and abandoned in woodland after being abducted from her Nottingham home in 1983, may have been snatched by Black.

He has also placed the van driver close to the scene of eight other UK murders, two further abductions and five killings in France and Holland.

The new victims he could be linked to include April Fabb, 13, who was murdered in Norfolk in 1969; Genette Tate, 13, snatched and killed in Devon in 1978; and Jennifer Cardy, nine, who was found murdered in Lisburn, Northern Ireland, in 1981.

Sex crimes expert Ray Wyre, former clinical director of the Gracewell Institute in Moseley, Birmingham, interviewed Black for his book Murder of Childhood.

Paedophile Black, 54, is serving 10 life sentences in Wakefield jail after being convicted of murdering Susan Maxwell, 11, Sarah Harper, 10, and Caroline Hogg, five.

The bodies of all three girls, from Cornhill-on-Tweed in Northumberland, Morley in West Yorkshire and Portobello near Edinburgh, were discovered in the Midlands.

But police and criminologists have always feared he killed more victims between his first known murder in 1982 and his conviction at Newcastle Crown Court in 1994.

Now Prof Canter, director of the centre for investigative psychology at Liverpool University, has made a television programme, Mapping Murder, which details his new findings. …