‘Black Panther’ Donald Neilson dies

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SERIAL killer Donald Neilson - who was captured in Rainworth after one of the largest manhunts in Britain during the mid-70s - has died at the age of 75.

Neilson, who was known as the ‘Black Panther’, died on Sunday after being taken from Norwich Prison to hospital with breathing difficulties.

He was the most-wanted man in the country after killing four people - including teenage heiress Lesley Whittle - more than three decades ago.

But his reign of terror was finally brought to an end on 11th December 1975 when he was arrested outside the Junction Chippy in Rainworth following a dramatic series events in which a police car was hijacked in Mansfield Woodhouse and two officers slightly injured when a shotgun went off.

Neilson was sentenced to life in prison at Oxford Crown Court in July 1976.