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Young student (21) terrified after convicted killer due for release sends her personal letter

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Photo: The Tab/SWNS

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Photo: The Tab/SWNS

A young student has been left terrified after a convicted murderer sent her a letter after seeing her on television.

The 21-year-old, who attends the prestiguous Cambridge college, had taken part in the 'Carol's from King's' service broadcast on Christmas Eve.

Johnnie Allan, 55, who had been watching the BBC2 show from Long Lartin Prison, tracked the young woman down after reading her name on the programme's credits.

Days after the carol-singing service was broadcast, the student recieved a rambling letter from Allan, who is currently serving a life sentence at the maximum security prison.

The killer, who was convicted of a multi-million pound drug plot in 1997, said that the girl had "touched his heart".

In his four-page letter, sent to the generic University of Cambridge address, Allan asks that the student become his penpal and join the cause to help establish his innocence.

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Photo: The Tab/SWNS

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The third year student now reportedly fears for her safety as the murderer is due for release as early as next year.

Speaking to student newspaper The Tab, she said: "I went to the post room to get my letters and I opened it then and there.

"After reading a couple of lines I realised what the letter was and totally freaked out. It's terrifying - I never expected to get anything like this. I can't believe he's allowed to do this."

Dated December 29, the letter includes lines such as: "Through the bars of my window I can see some seagulls hovering, screeching, while to guard dogs leap up in unison, snapping at the birds as if they are low-flying Frisbees" and

"Trapped inside my concrete cube I decided to send you this speculative (almost message-in-a-bottle) type letter, taking the million-to-one chance you might be interested to bounce ideas, despite the negative image associated with where I currently live".

Allan has spent the last 18 years in prison and recieved a life sentence in 2003 for the murder of his former partner-in-crime.

According to prisoner service website PenPals Behind Bars, Allan's earliest release date is next year, and he is seeking a "female nice but naughty, who likes to communicate."

A Prison Service spokesperson said: "If a member of the public receives unwanted mail from a prisoner and complains, we can and will prevent any further attempts to contact that person.

"Appropriate measures will be taken against anyone who flouts the rules."

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