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Fury over murderer Huntley's page on Facebook

Fury over murderer Huntley's page on Facebook

Facebook is under the spotlight again after it was revealed that child killer Ian Huntley has his own page on the social networking site, which has also spawned a group calling for his removal. Huntley, who has been in jail since 2003 for murdering Cambridgeshire schoolgirls Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman, reportedly talked a female admirer into setting up a page for him on the site. He is signed up under his mother's maiden name Nixon, shielding his true identity to users. Huntley's page lists details about his interests including football, aviation, playing Xbox and socialising. It also says he is "looking for friendship". His admirer apparently began writing to him at Wakefield Prison, where he is serving a life sentence, more than a year ago. She told him about Facebook, which he is unable to access directly because inmates at the jail are banned from using the internet. Huntley is reported to have sidestepped the ban by telling the woman what to write on his webpage through letters. She subsequently notifies him about any responses on the site in her letters back to him, according to a source at the prison. The news has outraged other Facebook users who have set up a group appealing to Facebook administration to remove Huntley from its site. Get Huntley Off Facebook has 439 members and more than 100 wall posts from disgruntled users voicing their strong desire to have Huntley removed. Edward Garnier, shadow minister for justice, led calls last night for Huntley's page to be shut down. He said: "This will disgust people. Facebook's owners should act now." Facebook could not be reached for comment.

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