Killer warned to 'stay away from Burnley'

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FREED murderer Darren Jackson has been told: "Don't come back to Burnley, you are not welcome here."

Mr Derek Peat has deep-seated fears that Jackson, who killed his sister Gillian Ellis, could make his way back to his hometown now he has been released from his life sentence.

Mr Peat and his devastated parents, Ronnie and Jean, have been told Jackson is currently living in a halfway house in Greater Manchester after serving almost 22 years behind bars.

But furious that he could return to the town, Mr Peat told the Express: "Life should mean life, especially when you take a life. We have always felt a sense of security knowing that he is behind bars for what he did to Gillian.

"We are worried that he might come back to Burnley. His roots are here and most people return to their roots. I want everyone to know that he is out of prison and, as far as we are concerned, he is not welcome back in Burnley."

Mother-of-three Mrs Ellis (29) was attacked as she walked home across Hargher Clough Recreation Ground from a party at Coal Clough House on December 15th, 1984. She was violently mugged and beaten until she was unconscious. Later that night, Jackson discovered her body, but instead of helping her he did a "Highland fling" on her, leaving her with injuries akin to having fallen from a 12-storey building.

After a week-long trial at Manchester Crown Court in 1986, the jury took two hours to find Jackson guilty of murder and he was sentenced to life imprisonment.

In August, 1997, Mrs Ellis family had to re-live their agony after Jackson escaped from the medium-security Ranby Prison, near Nottingham. He went on the run for three days and made his way back to the area, giving himself up in Nelson.