Notorious Child Killer Becomes a Grandmother; VICTIM'S MUM SPEAKS OUT AS MARY BELL'S FAMILY GROWS

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NEWCASTLE child killer Mary Bell has become a grandmother.

Bell was just 11 in 1968 when she strangled four-year-old Martin Brown and three-year-old Brian Howe in separate incidents in Scotswood.

Now 51, the woman at the centre of one of the most sensational trials of the 20th Century has become a grandmother, it has been revealed.

Bell was granted anonymity for life by the courts and has had a succession of new identities. The order also includes Bell's 24-year-old daughter, and has now been extended to her grandchild.

Last night June Richardson, 64, the mother of Martin Brown, said: "A child is a blessing. She took my blessing and left me with grief for the rest of my life. I hope when she looks at this child she remembers the two she murdered.

"I will never see a grandchild from my son. I hope every time she looks at this baby she realises what my family are missing out on because of what she has done."

Bell was convicted of manslaughter in December 1968 for suffocating the two young boys in Newcastle.

Martin, of Scotswood, Newcastle, was found dead in a derelict house, while Brian's body was discovered on waste ground two months later, with the letter M carved into his stomach with scissors. …


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