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Five French police officers hunting the killer of Caroline Dickinson are due to arrive in Britain any time from today to resume the investigation. John Albon, Assistant Chief Constable of Devon and Cornwall Police, said yesterday that the officers were expected in Launceston, Cornwall, some time over the weekend to recommence interviewing the party of 39 pupils, five teachers and a coach driver who travelled with Caroline.

The 13-year-old pupil from Launceston College was raped and murdered in her dormitory on a school trip to Pleine-Fougeres in Brittany four weeks ago. An initial investigation led to a swift arrest, but the man was subsequently cleared by DNA tests. The resumed inquiry will take place under English law and a team of 15 to 20 Cornish officers will be in charge. The process is expected to take "several weeks". It is not known whether the French police wish to take DNA samples from five boys who were on the trip, but English law means such tests are voluntary in cases where there has not been an arrest.