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8 August 2017, 12:13
One of Britain's most notorious killers is being moved to an open prison.
Seventy-year-old Kenneth Noye was jailed for life in 2000 with a minimum term of 16 years, for killing Stephen Cameron on a slipway on the M25 at Swanley four years earlier.
Last month the Parole Board said it was not directing Noye's release, but recommended that he be transferred to "open conditions".
The advice was passed to the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) for the final decision, and the department confirmed on Tuesday that Justice Secretary David Lidington had accepted the recommendation.
An MoJ spokesman said: "Public protection is our top priority and transfers to open conditions are made after a thorough, expert risk assessment carried out by the independent Parole Board."
In September 2015 the Parole Board recommended Noye be moved to an open jail, but this was blocked by then justice secretary Michael Gove.
Earlier this year Noye won a High Court challenge against the refusal decision, which his counsel argued was "unlawful and irrational".
One of Britain's most notorious criminals, Noye had been jailed for handling bullion stolen in the infamous 1983 Brink's-Mat robbery and was released two years before the M25 attack.
He went on the run after killing Mr Cameron and was arrested in Spain in 1998.