0 Mark Tildesley

The family of a boy who was raped and murdered 35 years ago have made a last-ditch plea for an ­ageing ­paedophile to ­reveal where his body is and end their torment.

Mark Tildesley’s parents Lavinia and John died without being able to lay their seven-year-old to rest.

But convicted child molester Sidney Cooke – leader of the Dirty Dozen child sex ring and regarded as Britain’s worst paedophile – once told a cellmate he knows where he is buried.

Vile Cooke is ­serving life for the sexual abuse of two young brothers in the 1970s and will die in prison. And because he is 92 they fear he will soon take his secret to the grave. So Mark’s family are begging him to speak out.

Decades of torment since Mark was snatched from a fairground have taken their toll on his elder brother Chris.

He suffered a stroke four years ago and can no longer talk or walk.

But he refuses to give up hope and has written a letter to Cooke.

Chris, 53, told the pervert of the “unbearable pain” he had caused his family, adding that not knowing where Mark’s body was had “destroyed” them.

He wrote: “We know at the age of 92, time is running out. So we are asking you one last time, if there is one ounce of decency in you, to tell us where he is to end our torment.

“Please! We are begging you to tell the police the information and answers we NEED to hear… Please give us some closure.”

Mark vanished in June 1984 after visiting a fairground near his home in Wokingham, Berks. His parents searched for him after he failed to return home but found only his bike chained to a fence.

Cooke has never admitted or been prosecuted for Mark’s murder.

But he was identified as an accomplice in the killing by Leslie Bailey – a ­member of the same sex ring.

Bailey told ­police fairground worker Cooke dragged Mark to a paedophile orgy ­after luring him with a 50p bag of sweets.

He said Mark was taken to a caravan a mile away, owned by Cooke, where he was given a glass of milk laced with a muscle relaxant before being gang-raped...Continue Reading

By Ian Dei

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