Bellfield’s Russell attack ‘confession’

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By late autumn 1995, Drs Lin and Shaun Russell had built the difficult decision to uproot their idyllic life in the Nantlle Valley on the edge of Snowdonia National Park, and move with their two young daughters to Kent.

There were mixed emotions about leaving the mountains for Granary Cottage in the picturesque village of Nonington, a short drive from Shaun’s new lecturing job at the University of Kent in nearby Canterbury.

But the girls, Megan, six, and nine-year-old Josie, had settled in well at the village school. For Lin, 45, a geologist and lecturer who had enjoyed a successful career working in Africa for many years, family life was now her priority.

It was, Shaun remembered, “a lovely existence”.

It was short lived.