News The girl, thought to be 14 or 15, was found on 11 October

Authorities are liaising with Australian police over 14 or 15-year-old girl, who initially was believed to be of European origin

Police look at new lead in Caroline murder

AN ANONYMOUS tip-off has given French police a new lead in the investigation of the murder in 1996 of the 13-year-old British schoolgirl Caroline Dickinson. Judicial sources said they had received a letter last week saying that a man resembling the police sketch of the killer had worked on a building site close to the Breton youth hostel where Caroline was raped and smothered.

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Killer of Caroline `heard by teacher'

A MAN heard and seen walking away from a French hostel where Caroline Dickinson was raped and asphyxiated was likely to have been the killer, a court was told yesterday.

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The Director of Shelter replies to criticisms in an article by Deborah Orr concerning charitable attempts to solve the problems of homelessness

`Hostel was not locked' when girl was killed

THE MOTHER of a 13-year-old girl who was raped and murdered while staying at a French youth hostel yesterday accused an education authority of negligence in not ensuring the doors of the building were locked.

Letter: Care on the streets

Sir: Deborah Orr's article "If you're on the street, you need more than soup" (16 November) makes some pertinent points about the way in which voluntary agencies work with the homeless and I strongly support her view that hostels have to find ways of accommodating the most difficult of people, including drug users who are unable or unwilling to stop using. She is also quite right to point out that giving food and money to people on the streets is not a long-term solution to ending rough sleeping in this country.

If you're on the street, you need more than soup

`It's just the kind of paternalistic rot that reminds one of Thatcher's drive for Britain to return to Victorian values'

Asylum seekers clash at hostel

FIFTY-ONE asylum-seekers were moved yesterday from a hostel and three were arrested after fights broke out between rival ethnic groups. Police in riot gear and specialist negotiators were called to the hostel in St Leonards-on-Sea, near Hastings, East Sussex, after outbreaks of violence.

Tough asylum curbs `lead to race violence'

LABOUR'S TOUGH new laws to curb asylum seekers will provoke neo- Nazi violence, black marketeering and a new "under-underclass" living in Victorian-style poverty, according to the biggest ever study of asylum legislation across Europe.

Family Travel: Q&A: Room for youths of all ages

Q. Large, outdoor-loving family of very limited means, seeks fun holidays and short breaks with lots of space and like-minded company. Can you suggest a solution, other than to dream on? We have thought of youth hostels. Can these be suitable for young children or are they still the reserve of spotty teenagers and backpackers who would not welcome tots in their domain?

Switzerland's fatal attraction

A boring little country has re-branded itself as the ultimate adventure; a ploy aimed at the youth market, writes Imre Karacs

Dark voices that told him to kill

JENNY MORRISON told the friend who gave her a lift to the hostel she would take a bus back to work, or a taxi if her patient Anthony Joseph agreed to return to the hospital with her.

Fresh lead in Caroline murder

DETECTIVES HUNTING the killer of Caroline Dickinson, who was raped and murdered on a school trip to France, are following a new lead, it emerged yesterday. It involves a man who resembles a photofit of the prime suspect and who is linked to another attack on a schoolgirl.

`I blame hostel for her death'

JENNY MORRISON'S daughter doesn't blame the man who killed her mother. Nor does she blame social services, as her mother had held them in such regard. But Tanya Morrison is scathing about the hostel workers and the system that she considers let both Joseph and her mother down.
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