Nottingham

Funds raised for murdered Colette memorial in Keyworth

Colette Aram
Image caption Colette's disappearance was the first case on the BBC's Crimewatch

Friends of murdered Nottinghamshire schoolgirl Colette Aram have reached their fundraising target of more than £1,500 for a memorial to her.

The 16-year-old's body was found in a field near her Keyworth home the day after she disappeared in October 1983.

Paul Hutchinson, 51, of West Bridgford, was jailed for life for her murder in January after a 26-year hunt by police.

Friends Wendy Hall and Allison Wood have raised more than £1,500 for a memorial in Keyworth.

DNA profile

The memorial will be a sundial placed on the wall of Village Hair hairdressers, where Colette worked as a trainee.

At Nottingham Crown Court in January Hutchinson was told he will serve a minimum term of 25 years.

Colette's disappearance was the first case to be featured on the BBC's Crimewatch programme.

The court heard Hutchinson raped and strangled Colette before dumping her body.

Hutchinson, who lived seven streets away from the teenager at the time, was interviewed as part of the original investigation but only arrested after a DNA profile produced from evidence at the scene was linked to a family member on the national database.

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