Milly Dowler murder - CPS considers charges

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A dossier of new evidence in the investigation into the murder of Milly Dowler was being handed to prosecutors today.

Prosecutors were considering today whether to bring charges against Levi Bellfield following the murder of schoolgirl Milly Dowler.



A dossier of new evidence uncovered by detectives investigating the death of the 13-year-old has been presented to Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) lawyers.



Amanda Dowler, known to her family and friends as Milly, vanished while walking home from school, in Walton-on-Thames, on March 21 2002. Six months later, her skeletal remains were found 30 miles away by mushroom pickers in Yateley Heath, Hampshire.



A spokeswoman for Surrey Police, which investigated the case, confirmed the file had been handed over to prosecutors today.



A CPS spokeswoman said: "We will now consider the evidence from the police. We will decide whether there's sufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction against Levi Bellfield and if it is in the public interest to prosecute."



Earlier this month, sources close to the inquiry said the new evidence, which cannot be disclosed for legal reasons, emerged last December.



Officers have been painstakingly building a case against Bellfield since he was arrested by the Metropolitan Police in November 2004 over other matters.



Bellfield, then 41, was told last year he would die in jail after he was found guilty of murdering students Marsha McDonnell, 19, and Amelie Delagrange, 22. He was also convicted of the attempted murder of schoolgirl Kate Sheedy, 18. All of the women were attacked near bus stops in south-west London.



The former nightclub bouncer and wheelclamper was arrested and interviewed over Milly's death four years ago but refused to comment.