CAMPAIGNERS who believe Jeremy Bamber was falsely convicted of murder have described the wait for convictions to be reviewed as "unacceptable”.

The Jeremy Bamber Innocence Campaign protested outside the offices of the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) on Friday in a bid for the body to re-examine Bamber’s conviction.

Bamber, now 63, is currently serving a life prison sentence at HMP Wakefield after he was convicted in 1985 of killing his family in what is now known as the White House Farm murders.

A group of supporters believe the CCRC failed to enforce public bodies such as Essex Police to disclose vital evidence to Jeremy Bamber’s trial at Chelmsford Crown Court in 1986.

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They have also argued it takes the CCRC too long to look at evidence of potentially wrongful convictions.

Emma Morris, 51, told the Gazette she believed for much of her life that Bamber was rightly convicted for the murder of his family before she started looking into the case in greater depth.

She said: “I grew up believing he murdered his family, as everyone did.

“But Jeremy Bamber's father called police to say his sister had gone berserk and had got hold of one of his rifles.

“The more I looked at the evidence the more I got involved in the campaign.”

Morris, who works in financial services in Warwickshire, said the protest was attended by dozens of people for two hours.

She added: “We had a lot of representation from different miscarriages of justice – people spoke passionately about their cases.”

A letter was also send to the CCRC commissioners requesting comment on what protestors have described as the “unacceptable” length of time it takes for cases to be reviewed.

She said: “Applicants can spend years and years waiting for anything to happen.

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“What I would like now is to talk to the MoJ in London or even Downing Street.

“We need to keep the momentum up because it’s one of those miscarriages of justice.

“We want to keep this in the public eye.”

Jeremy Bamber’s solicitor, Mark Newby, said: “We hope this protest will help focus attention on the genuine concerns that need addressing if we are to have a robust independent review system for miscarriage of justice cases.”

A CCRC spokesman said: “The CCRC has received more than 31,000 applications in its 27-year history and made more than 840 referrals to the appellate courts.

“We make impartial, evidence-based decisions. We do not make decisions on the basis of external pressure from anyone.

“Mr Bamber has made three applications to the CCRC. The first application led to Mr Bamber’s case being sent to the Court of Appeal in 2001, and his conviction was upheld.

"The second application to the CCRC did not result in a referral. A third application is under review.

“It would be inappropriate to comment any further while this review is underway.”