PROSECUTORS have announced Levi Bellfield is to be charged as the prime suspect in the murder of 13-year-old Milly Dowler who died in 2002.

Levi Bellfield, 41, formerly of West Drayton, has been formally charged by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).

The former wheelclamper and doorman was first interviewed over Milly's death several years ago after he was held by the Metropolitan Police.

He was living in West Drayton at the time of her disappearance.

The murder of Amanda Dowler, known to her family as Milly, is one of Britain's best-known unsolved crimes.

She vanished while walking home from school in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, on March 21 2002.

Six months later her skeletal remains were found 30 miles away by mushroom pickers in Yateley Heath, Hampshire.

Officials at the CPS complex casework unit began considering a huge dossier of police evidence last August.

The five files of material, drawn together by Surrey Police's Operation Ruby team, include new evidence against Bellfield obtained in December 2008.

Officers believe they have compelling circumstantial evidence which links him to the crime.

Police continue to search for a red Daewoo Nexia car they believe was used to transport Milly's body. They searched Bedfont Lake near Heathrow Airport and interviewed a scrap dealer last year.

Bellfield has been charged with an attempted abduction of another schoolgirl the day before Milly disappeared, as well as two charges on Milly's kidnap and murder.

A summons has been issued from Staines Magistrates Court and Bellfield is to charged immently.