Serial killer Levi Bellfield has for the first time admitted abducting, raping and killing schoolgirl Milly Dowler.
Bellfield, a former clamper who used to operate in Chichester and the south, was given a whole-life prison sentence in June, 2011, for the brutal slaughter of the 13-year-old.
The killer, who now calls himself Yusuf Rahim, made the admission during an investigation into whether he had an accomplice, police said yesterday.
Detectives from the Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team arrested and released a man in his 40s in relation to allegations of rape and assisting an offender.
A statement from police said: “The arrest was made following new information regarding an accomplice being involved with Levi Bellfield in the abduction and rape, but not murder of Milly Dowler. The man arrested has subsequently been released with no further action as no evidence has been found to support the allegations.
“During this investigation police have also spoken to Levi Bellfield and he has admitted his responsibility for the abduction, rape and murder of Milly Dowler. Despite his conviction, this is the first time Bellfield has made such admissions to police.”
A statement from the Dowler family issued through solicitors said they were aware of the ‘devastating’ news of the new investigation.
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