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How could Alice Gross' killer enter UK, family asks

By Nina Massey

The family of murdered schoolgirl Alice Gross have told a coroner there is a "public interest" in knowing what checks were made when convicted killer Arnis Zalkalns was allowed into Britain.

The 14-year-old went missing in August last year and her body was discovered the following month in a canal in Ealing, west London.

Zalkalns (41) had been named as a suspect in her disappearance but his body was later found hanging in woodland nearby. No one else has been named as wanted in connection with Alice's death.

Police later confirmed that the builder from Latvia, who had come to the UK in 2007, was responsible.

Zalkalns had previously been convicted of murdering his wife in Latvia and jailed for 12 years. But he was released after serving seven and travelled to the UK.

Representing the teenager's family at a pre-inquest review at West London Coroner's Court, Rajeev Thacker asked for the scope of the investigation to be widened to look into how the killer came to be in Britain.

A full inquest is due to be held at the end of November.

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