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Media threat to a fair trial

Yet another court case has been thwarted by the media prejudicing a fair trial.

Yes, Levi Bellfield has been convicted of other murders and will remain behind bars for life. But, as the media has so rightly commented in the past, each of these convictions also brings vital closure for families of his victims.

Now, courtesy of the media, not only will the family of Rachel Cowles be denied that opportunity, but the perverse knock-on effect will also be that the media have more headlines to publish about the Milly Dowler affair - created by themselves.

Editors need to act more professionally, in the interest of their customers, the public, fair justice and the families of victims.

LAURENCE WILLIAMS

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