I'm 46, the same age that Dawn would have been now. I grew up in Narborough, I went to school with her & was speaking to her in Narborough village the evening before she was murdered.
Her murder was tragic. She was a popular girl & a lot of people would have been personally effected.
For a long time, no girl/female was safe. My sister was 13 at the time & wasn't allowed to leave the house unaccompanied. Her best friend lived two doors away & either me or my Dad would have to walk her round or walk her back home - even in the middle of the day. There were wild rumours concerning the murders & what exactly had happened. Everyone was scared & suspicious. I don't suppose it was any different for any other household, but the police came to our house maybe 5 or 6 times......mainly questioning my Dad. I still remember, I was in the house & my Dad was in the garage doing some carpentry. Because we weren't in direct sight of each other, it felt like he was under suspicion - like he could have nipped out, murdered someone & nipped back without me knowing. The whole village felt terrorised.
I would like to trust in the judicial system, but don't feel that he should be released. I have nothing but sympathy for the two families involved & it still saddens me remembering Dawn. That said, I don't believe for one second that he has expressed a desire to return to the area & I'm not going to lose my shit over it either. There were some ridiculous rumours going around 30 years ago & it seems they are still doing the rounds now. The authorities have a duty to protect the public & I hope they know what they're doing. I appreciate that there are some strong feelings among those that remember, but I find it a little ridiculous when people with no association whatsoever go out of their way to tell us what they would do if they got their hands on him. What purpose would that serve? Will it make it all better?