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Downing freed on bail

Prisoner Stephen Downing has been set free on bail after 27 years in jail for a murder he says he did not commit.

Today’s High Court decision was announced pending the full hearing of his appeal.

Downing was still in prison because he is “in denial” of the offence – and still protests his innocence.

It is Britain’s longest alleged miscarriage of justice.

Matlock Mercury editor Don Hale has led the fight for his release and appeal against conviction, the case being referred to the appeal court by the Criminal Cases Review Commission.

The Commission was persuaded to refer the file to the appeal court on the basis of fresh evidence collected by Mr Hale.

Read about the background to the case here.

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