Former doorman charged with killing teen

A former doorman will go on trial accused of kidnapping and murdering 13-year-old Milly Dowler, prosecutors said today.

A former doorman will go on trial accused of kidnapping and murdering 13-year-old Milly Dowler, prosecutors in Britain said today.

Levi Bellfield, 41, will also be charged with another kidnapping.

The suspect was first interviewed over Milly’s death several years ago after he was held by the Metropolitan Police.

Speaking in Guildford, Surrey, today, Nigel Pilkington, CPS reviewing solicitor, said Bellfield will be told he faces three charges.

The suspect is accused of kidnapping and murdering Milly and attempting to kidnap another young girl, Rachel Cowles, the previous day.

The murder of Amanda Dowler, known to her family as Milly, is one of Britain’s best-known unsolved crimes.

She vanished while walking home from school in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, on March 21 2002.

Six months later her skeletal remains were found 30 miles away by mushroom pickers in Yateley Heath, Hampshire.

Bellfield was first interviewed over Milly’s death several years ago after he was held by the Metropolitan Police.

Officials at the CPS complex casework unit began considering a huge dossier of police evidence last September.

The five files of material, drawn together by Surrey Police’s Operation Ruby team, include new evidence against Bellfield obtained in December 2008.

Officers believe they have compelling circumstantial evidence which links him to the crime.

Police continue to search for a red Daewoo Nexia car caught on CCTV which they believe was used to transport Milly’s body.

They searched a lake near Heathrow Airport and questioned scrap dealer Nirmal Gharu last year.

Bellfield has admitted in a newspaper interview to being behind the wheel of the vehicle, owned by his then girlfriend, Emma Mills.

He was living with her a short distance away from where Milly was last seen outside the railway station.

Police previously revealed that a man matching Bellfield’s description and driving a red Daewoo Nexia approached a 12-year-old girl the previous day.

The incident took place in Shepperton, only a few miles from where Milly disappeared, and the suspect offered the girl a lift home.

This event is understood to be what lies behind the first charge, an allegation that Bellfield attempted to kidnap Miss Cowles.

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