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Child killer who impaled victims identified after 40 years

Undated file photo of David McGreavy, 21, as the High Court has overturned an order granting anonymity to the killer who committed
Undated file photo of David McGreavy, 21, as the High Court has overturned an order granting anonymity to the killer who committed "exceptionally horrific crimes". PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday May 22, 2013. The murderer known as "M" can now be publicly revealed as triple child killer David McGreavy who was sentenced to life imprisonment for the killing and mutilating of three young children in a drunken rage, when one of them would not stop crying. He left their bodies impaled on iron railings in a neighbour's garden in Gillam Street, Worcester. PA/PA Wire

John Aston and Cathy Gordon

THE High Court in London has overturned an order granting anonymity to a killer who committed "exceptionally horrific crimes".

The murderer known as "M" can now be publicly revealed as triple child killer David McGreavy, who impaled the bodies of his victims on railings.

McGreavy, now 62, was jailed for life in 1973 for killing the children he was babysitting at a house in Gillam Street, Worcester, and is one of the country's most notorious and longest-serving prisoners.

The gagging order was made in response to fears that the killer's own life was in danger.

British Justice Secretary Chris Grayling and media organisations argued it was legally flawed and wrongly prevented the public from knowing the full facts of the case.

"The full facts are exceptionally horrific by even the standard of murders," said their counsel, Guy Vassall-Adams.

The order restricted the media to saying they were "three sadistic murders - but that doesn't even give you the half of it", said Mr Vassall-Adams.

Today Lord Justice Pitchford, sitting in London with Mr Justice Simon, ruled the anonymity order must be discharged.

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