Man charged with killing of Caroline Dickinson

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A convicted sex offender has been charged with the rape and murder of Caroline Dickinson, the 13-year-old Cornish girl who was attacked while on a trip to France, it was announced yesterday. The man, a vagrant in his 40s, is reported to have confessed to the crimes after he was picked up by French police on Saturday. He has a criminal record for rape and other sexual offences.

Caroline was found raped and smothered in her bed last Thursday at the youth hostel in the town of Pleine- Fougeres. Four friends sharing the same dormitory discovered her body. Jason Bennetto