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A for eight years I was a police officer with one thing on my mind,
to catch criminals and face them to -- its force them to face justice.
I swapped the police station for the TV studio. Over the past two
years, Crimewatch Roadshow has brought more than 40 criminals to
justice. We are into our 4th and final week of this series and we
have been inundated with quality leads on a suspect. So far, your
information has led to the arrest of a former police officer wanted
in connection with a scam targeting NHS staff. And a convicted rapist
on the run for four years is now behind bars, thanks to your help.
All of which goes to show you can take the policeman out of the
uniform but you can't stop me catching criminals. This is
Welcome to Crimewatch Roadshow. We're in the final week travelling
round the country on the front line with local police solving crime.
We start off with some great news in our appeal for two men. This
month in the striped top was arrested at the weekend but we
still need to find the other guys. Today: We want to find the thug who
did this to an 83 year old in his own home.
And, they came armed with an axe and a gun, all for the sake of �300
and some cigarettes. Plus, the eagle owl almost killed
by a gunman. Let's swoop on the thugs who did it.
All this week, we're working with the Gloucestershire, Gwent and
South Wales police forces. We'll start off today with
Gloucestershire. Miriam is in Newent. I gather you've met some
feathered friends this morning? Welcome to the International Centre
for Birds of Prey, in the Forest of Dean. We're surrounded by a
wonderful collection of beautiful birds. And we'll be meeting a very
special owl later. With me for the next couple of days is the BBC's
Good morning, Miriam. Welcome to my home patch. The area around us here
looks absolutely stunning. But you shouldn't be fooled. There's plenty
of crime out there. And later in the programme, I'll be
showing you how criminals are using traps like this to snare songbirds.
Now let's get straight on with our first appeal.
The distressing story of an 83- year-old man terrorised in his own
home. In January this year, 83-year-old
pensioner John Astman set out on his regular dog walk. But minutes
later, he encountered a man who was I came here two years ago. I had a
partner who was blind. And we were doing fine, until she contracted
pneumonia, and she died. I was left here on my own a year ago. It is a
very, very quiet place, and some very, very nice neighbours around
here, the ideal place for older people. With his partner gone, it
is down to John to look after her beloved Yorkshire terrier Jamie.
now take her for a walk every night. Because, she has a little do that
in the daytime and she wants a little supper. After she has had
her little supper, she wants to go for a walk. Makes no bones about it,
she asked to go, so I have to take home every night. I have done that
ever since Pat passed away. But on this particular evening, John's
regular routine would be violently It was dark those nights, dark at
5pm, you see. This particular night, I had been down as far as the main
road on the footpath leading to my little bungalow. And, there was
someone coming down, had quite dark clothes, had a pack on their back.
This is a nice little dog. He was stroking her, saying, I have just
come up to my house but he says he has lost the keys to get in. I am
not out of my house. I have got a spare set in Cheltenham Foster I
said, just at the top of the road there is a bus straight through to
Cheltenham. A bus will come a long they're very
frequently. You couldn't Sperry pound for the
bus? And haven't got any money on me. He said, do you live around
here? I began to get a bit worried about it then. I said, yes, not too
far away from here. He said, a wonder if I could have a cup of tea,
I'm very cold. I am not going straight home, by
meeting a couple of people. I began then to be very, very
careful. I watched him go out of sight. And I went in. I came in
here. I locked the doors. And I thought, I think how will get the
police to come and have a look at him. I got the directly out and I
was going to ring the local police station. Instead of dialling 99 and
which I wish I had done, and looked for the number. I could hear
movements going on outside with the doors. The next thing, he opened
What happened to John that night is truly horrific. Later in the
programme, we'll be hearing more from the police. They have an e-fit
image of his attacker. For now, back to Rav and today's Wanted
Faces. Let's take a look at who we've got
on the board for you today. This is 51-year-old James Fielder.
He was arrested and bailed, but has been on the run since September
2010. He's wanted in connection with conspiracy to supply class A
drugs, and handling stolen property. Fielder has a strong south east
accent, and sometimes has longer hair, tied in a ponytail. He has
contacts in north Devon, west London and also in Thailand. But
where is he now? This is Benjamin James Reeve. Reeve
was released early from a five-year jail sentence for robbery in
September 2010. But he failed to keep to the conditions of his
release. He's also wanted in connection with a case of supplying
cannabis. He has links to the Hampshire and Essex areas, and has
a small tattoo of a bull's head on his neck. Do you know where he is
now? Take a look at this man: Geoffrey
West. He's wanted by officers from the Serious Organised Crime Agency
in connection with the supply of cocaine. West has connections to
Liverpool and Spain. He has bands of Celtic tattoos on both arms, and
a four-inch scar on the back of his left shoulder. Have you seen him
recently? If so, let us know. Polish man Pawel Jakub Koperski is
our final Wanted Face of the day. He was initially arrested in
connection with the supply, use and manufacture of controlled drugs,
but failed to attend court in November 2009. Koperski, has
connections to the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire areas. And has a
tattoo of a pair of lips with the words, "Kiss me" on the right side
of his neck. If you recognise any of these faces,
the number to call is: 08000 468 999. Or text us on 63399. Text CW,
space, and then your message. Please, leave the space, or your
message won't get through. Or, email us. [email protected]
Don't forget, all the Wanted Faces are on our website. Now it's over
I've been covering the issues that affect the people of
Gloucestershire for the past five years. And, believe me, there's
more to this place than farming and Gloucestershire is classically a
rural county. 600,000 people make it their home. From the Cotswolds
in the north. Down to the valleys in the south. This is an area that
offers both stunning, traditional landscapes and modern city living.
That is of course what it will tell you in the brochures but what is
crime like here? What other police dealing with day-in, day-out?
A new one visiting Gloucestershire as a county will be struck by how
beautiful it is. You can go to the Forest of Dean, Cheltenham, to the
Cotswolds. But scratch underneath the surface, and you will find
problems with burglaries, organised crime groups, prostitution and
human trafficking. We deal with a whole range of policing issues.
Like many other police forces, we have had our fair share of high-
profile crimes. Frederick West was today charged with murder, he has
been accused of killing his daughter. The body believed to be
has was found in the garden on Sunday.
There is a perception of crime only happens InterCity's, urban areas.
Throughout the country, crime happens in rural areas, for
instance, poaching. What we are seeing increasingly is organised
gangs of criminals coming into our county from elsewhere, driving
four-wheeled drive vehicles and armed with high-powered rifles,
taking our deer. One resource at the heart of Gloucestershire's work
The forensic work we do is very varied. It is our mission to use
forensic science in the fight against crime in Gloucestershire.
We have a lot of forensic experts and a lot of technology at our
disposal which we used in gaining a The figures seem to show the
overall crime in Gloucestershire is falling. The challenge now is
keeping that up when budgets are We are very proud that crime has
fallen again in Gloucestershire, around 6% reduction this year. But
we are also going to have less money than we have had previously.
We will have 15% less police officers in Gloucestershire which
is difficult. We need to make sure we are using everyone in the right
way, and keeping officers in uniform local and visible for the
communities are to reassure them, and being able to deal with serious
and complex things as well. It will be a really tough challenge.
Back to Steve in Gloucestershire later. But first: This is a CCTV
sign warning people they are on camera. But some people clearly
Take a good look at this car parked in Wolverhampton in April this year.
The passengers open the boot of the car before running into the store
and snatching armfuls of sports clothing. As they run out, some
staff give chase and one manages to grab a thief who drops most of the
clothing. That doesn't stop them piling the rest into the car and
they are off. Help the police tackle these these, tell us who
they are. It is January this year and these
two have used a crowbar to force their way into weighed Greenwich
builders' merchant. First, they want to make sure they do not leave
behind too many clues. One burglar waits by the door while the other
finds the CCTV. He puts it out of action before they still a large
amount of cash. But he should have kept his face fully covered before
he disabled the camera. If you recognise him or his accomplice,
then please give us a call. Heat and light on this couple
walking into the shoe department of Selfridges in Oxford Street, London.
They have a good look around but don't seem that interested. They
spot a bad left alone on a chair. While the man Shields her from view,
the woman steals a purse. You can see her checking it. Let us stamp
out their activities. If you know who they are, tell us and we will
make sure the police hotfoot it around to see them. If you know
anything about any of those people featured, the number to call is:
08000 468 999. Or text us on 63399. Text CW, space and then your
message. And leave that space, or your message won't get through. Or,
email us. [email protected] Still to come this morning on
Crimewatch Roadshow: Who shot Harley?" The eagle owl was lucky to
survive. And, armed with an axe and a gun, the raiders who terrorised a
shopkeeper. Plus, find out what happened when John Astman came
But before that there is time for an update with our appeals. On
Friday we asked for information on Felix McCann. He was wanted in
connection with a burglary of a pensioner. We received a large
number of calls and the information has been passed to police. We
received promising information relating to the front door robbery,
with two thugs followed their victim home and attack him. Two
callers have given us potential names. And we appealed for help to
find the man who dresses in a Burkha and robs travel agencies in
Bedfordshire. So thanks to everyone who has got in touch. Now back to
Miriam. Meet Harley the eagle owl. A couple of months ago he was
involved in an attack which left him close to death. The great
British countryside, a place we like to think of as an oasis of
tranquility. We like to think of ourselves as a nation of animal
lovers, but things like this make you question whether that is true.
We were devastated when we found out what happened. It was such an
impressive sight. We used to come out and see the owl. When it
disappeared, it was really sad. minutes from Gloucester in the
forest of dean is Stowfield Quarry. Possibly the last place to expect a
rare species of owl to settle. But that is happened. I turned up about
two years ago. It would turn up for the odd day. He would bring Bakara
bits and birds that he would catch. And he could down and feed next to
you. It just had become natural like. The owl settled in Stowfield
Quarry and the quarrymen adopted them. And they named it Harley.
Soon it was going to get out that there was an owl, an eagle owl
living in the quarry. It could be seen flying around. Its hoot was
quite distinctive. And whereas the quarrymen didn't seem to take
offence, it is possible that someone did find the hoot annoying.
He used to come down and sit on the pole every night. It started in
January. We could hear his very loud hoot and he came down about
6.30 at night and stay there most of the night. He was quite a
friendly owl. But this friendly owl was soon to become a victim of a
heartless crime. On this evening in February, a gentleman came to a
residential area near quarry and saw Harley the eagle owl, perched
on a telegraph pole. As he was watching it, he heard a shot. The
owl fell to the ground. I believe the man then turns and saw either
one or two males, one of whom had an air rifle with them. It happened
on the Friday by the Sunday we thought it strange, because the owl
hadn't been back. Some of the neighbours which we weren't aware
about had done a search for the owl to try to find oit it but we
weren't able to find the owl. Harley was missing for five days
until a quarry worker spotted him on the side of the road. I was on
my way to work about five o'clock and I saw it on the side of the
road in the dark. I pulled over and got my coat out and chased it up
and chucked the coat on it and managed to catch it and put it in
the truck and phoned the falconry centre. Harley arrived in a
critical condition. It was touch and go with his operation. It is
not something that vets are used to having to deal with. There were a
lot of elements that could have gone wrong. It was a miracle and
now he has ended up becoming a fully fledged member of our
demonstration team. That is incredible from where it began.
Harley's personality has made him a hit with the visitors. It beggars
belief that anybody would want to shoot an eagle owl. There is no
reason to do that. So if anybody has any information, however small.
I would like them to contact me as soon as possible. Jemima Parry
Jones runs the centre here. Harley was lucky to survive? Yes it could
have been a shot in the eye or even have killed him. What kind of a
person would do this? It is beyond me. It guess somebody who got fed
up with the noise and decided to do something about it. I know he is
still recovering. But could we see him fly? Yes Adam's going to see if
he can fly. There he goes. Stunning. He has had to have a lot of work on
one of his wings. In your arm you have two bones, what happened was
one was broken and he had a fix ateor stuck in there. You see on
his wing where the damage is still there. It will take a while?
Yes.Less Not indigenous to this country. How did he get here?
Probably somebody bought him as a baby. They have flown him and maybe
found they had taken on more than they realised. They make a
tremendous noise and the neighbours don't like it if they're close.
Will he be put back into the wild? No, because he is not an indigenous
species, he must stay with us. Harley and and my staff will be
together a long time. What will his job be? Because he likes people,
we're going to fly him for the public. So he gets exercise and
lots of expose tkwrour people. That is what he likes best. Can he
expect once he is recovered to live a long life? Oh yes. Myledly eagle
owl is 37 -- my elderly eagle owl is 37 this year. Slow will be here
for the rest of his life. Frpbgs he will probably outlive me. Harlly
loves having people around. Thank you. Now Steve is with the man
looking into this crime. Simon is with me from the RSPCA. Harley is a
non-indigenous species. So it is a grae area as to whether an offence
is committed Yes he does not have there same protection as our native
owls. But anyone shooting a bird and leaving to it wounded possibly
has committed an offence. You don't take it any less seriously? No.
telling what is happening with song birds. They are getting targeted.
We're getting more calls in relation to people taking our
British finches, our song birds, out of the wild for their own
purposes. Whether it is to sell or to increase their own stock. These
are some of the bits of equipment that we're finding they are using.
How much of a problem is it? We're investigating up to 100 incidents a
year. Also what is interesting, show us thousand the traps are used.
People can use them in their gardens. Yes people are feeding
guards in the -- feeding birds in the garden. They will have a call
bird in the bottom, encouraging birds to come in. They come in, see
that there is seed here and think it is a free meal. Land on the
perch and it would set them all off. There we have three birds in that
particular cage and they can be sold for between �50 to �70. Thank
you. If you have information about what happened to Harley the owl or
any other wildlife crime; please get in touch with us. The numbers
are on your screen. Now back to the In March guitarist Craig Ogden was
victim to an elaborate scam that saw him lose an �18,000 guitar like
this. He was booked to perform at a memorial service but before the
service accepted an invite to join mourners for food. But there was no
mourner, no funeral and when he got back to the church his guitar was
gone. Craig we have to talk about this scam that you were victim of.
How did they con you? I was booked to play at a memorial service for
this guy called Pat's brother. We arranged to meet before the service
to meet at the church, see where I was playing and store my guitar and
then join his family and friends for lunch. He sent me off in a taxi,
because he had to wait to get catch late comers. But at that point when
I was gone he went and stole my guitar. The strangest thing he went
straight from stealing my guitar to make -- meeting a colleague of mine,
did the same, stole his guitar as well. Well let's look at the guitar.
It is not the same, but it is similar. It is almost identical.
The same makerser, it is made by Greg Smallman. The detail and the
armrest, the type of wood on the back, the shaping, all identical.
The only distinguishing thing tr from mine is a semi circular bit of
damage above the sound hole that would, it is obvious you couldn't
hide it. So that would identify the instrument. But they don't make
many of these. Greg works on his own. And to see a Smallman for sale
is rare. But to see one with that damage it is clear it would be mine.
There is a waiting list to buy 1-1? Yes there is a five or six year
waiting list. You feel for this and you thought it was a genuine job.
You have heard somebody else has been done. A colleague was booked
in the same way. We had been contacted by e-mail. And the same
scam. It was, there was nothing unusual about it. This guy, we
established a nice dialogue through e-mail and the phone. He followed
my career and heard CDs. I had a No 1CD. We talked about that the the
next disk. After you have had e- mails. You tried to make contact.
The day he stole it. No more contact that day. Then we reported
the instrument stolen. Then he e- mailed us both for days saying he
wanted to return to instrument and talking about being a con man,
wearing fake hair and it was all a distrabs. He had no intention of
returning the instruments. Hopefully somebody has information
and we can get that guitar back. If you know anything about this con,
please give us a call. Now back to Steve. We're only a short drive
from Gloucester with where at the start of the year a shop was
attacked by robbers. A small shop in Gloucester. A family business
about to be rocked by a vicious armed robbery. Armed with an axe
and a gun, two men carried out this crime. The on bri took place in the
Kone Hill area in a shop on the corner of Newton avenue. Christian
was working the late shift alone. Normally I was working the till.
That day was quiet. I was filling in the chocolate. He had been
working here only for a few days. He had no idea how horrifying his
night would become. Near two centimetres were checking out the
store. -- two centimetres were -- two criminals were checking out the
store. They went to the church up the road on the left. They stashed
their bike behind a church. They speak to three youths and tell the
The first person came in quickly and put their hands around my head.
There was a short struggle with the shop assistant. This CCTV shows
Christian at struggling to fight of his attackers. With an axe held to
his head, he refuses to give in until one of them pulls out a gun.
Take that and I will shoot you! this point the shop assistant is so
scared he complies with their request. He said, if you don't open
the till, I will shoot you. Christian gave the attackers what
they wanted. Having got what they came for, the two men came back
where they came from. They pick up the bike from behind the church.
Seconds later, they abandon it, and make off on foot where they are
caught on CCTV. The thugs made off with just �300 cash, and another
�200 worth of cigarettes. The ordeal's left Christian traumatised.
I'm very scared, very scared. also scared. This is a very serious
offence with a fire arm and also a hand axe. These people need to be
caught, because they pose a danger to the public. From that day, he
said, I'm not going to work here. In the square, a bike is later
discovered. That bike is an Apollo mountain bike, sold exclusively by
Halfords, and was silver in colour. The fact that they cycled here
suggests that they live within cycling distance. So we would ask
for the public's help do they recognise them or the bike. We need
the public's help to identify who these people are.
DC Gareth Morgan, you're the man looking into this investigation.
You have great CCTV of the incident itself. But the robbers have
covered up their faces, is there any more information? We believe
the CCTV will be key to identifying these offenders. The main offender
has a large backside as is obvious. When he leaves, you can see what
appears to be blonde or light ginger coloured hair protruding
underneath. We believe people in the community will recognise this
person. Do you believe these people are from the local community?
store is well secluded, and the fat one defender cycled to it, it
suggests they live within cycling distance. This was a particularly
vicious attack, they came with a gun and an axe all for just �300.
The offender with the Hand Gun have threatened to shoot the young
assistant. We are urging the public to help us to catch these people.
You've got the bike the robbers used? This is a silver Apollo
mountain bike which is exclusively sold by Halfords. They stopped
making his bike in 2004. The bike is in good condition. We believe
people in the community will know about this. Thank you, Gareth.
Remember, if you know anything about this robbery, please get in
touch. Without your help, we can't Some really shocking CCTV in that
attack in Gloucester. As Steve said, if you do know anything, please get
in touch. Here's some more footage This troubled got a lot more than
he bargained for when he attempted to steal from his newsagent in
Greenwich in March. The hooded man runs and brandishing a knife but
the shopkeeper decides he is having none of it. He throws his newspaper
at him, then reaches behind the counter and grabs a wooden pole and
chases the rubber away. He might have left empty-handed but the
police still need to catch him. Here is one punter who is
determined to get in. This is late March and he starts faulting this
wall at the back of his Manchester bar. He opts for him more subtle
approach, hurling a beer barrel at the back door of the pub. He
threatens the barmaid and forces her to open the till. He is
disturbed by a regular and fillies out the back door. Let us help the
police to come at -- to catch this determined Robbo. Give us his name,
please. It is January, these three are all
wrapped up but his is not the cold they are protecting themselves from
but the CCTV cameras. One stays by the door. The other jump over the
shop counter and steal hundreds of pounds worth of Consols and games.
They make sure they share the load. Here they are leaving with their
arms laden. Put an end to their games, tell us who they are.
If you know anything about any of those incidents, the numbers are on
your screen. Or, if you wish to remain anonymous, you can call
Crimestoppers. 0800 555 111. Now, Earlier, we met John Astman, an 83-
year-old whose quiet life was violently disrupted by a robber.
The injuries John suffered are In January this year, 83-year-old
pensioner John Astman set out on But minutes later he encountered a
man who was about to bring terror He said, "I want to talk to you."
said, "Well, I don't want to talk to you." I said, "You get off out
and go back the way you've came You're in serious trouble now. Get
out. No, I need some money. opened that drawer. There was
nothing in there and I told him, And he started looking over there
Get out now. I want some money. got something in my back, and he
said: "I''ve got a gun here. I'm I put my hand round there quick,
and grasped his hand, and it fell on the floor. It was a letter
opener shaped like a sword. I tried to get out through that door. But
of course, I'd bolted and locked it. He went out there very quickly.
Then, because he thought I was trying to get out of that door.
There was a bread knife, and he then he put it to my throat and
said: "I'll cut your throat if you I got most of my teeth knocked out,
As well as John's terrible injuries, when he returned home he discovered
treasured jewellery belonging to both his mother and his beloved
Pat's engagement ring, he'd taken That was the 28th January, and he
took her ring. Well, the 28th of January that was my mother's
birthday. And when she died in hospital, they gave me her ring.
And of course it was rather a treasured possession. John found
the strength to come through this terrible ordeal by drawing on the
memory of his partner. It's time I probably went into a nursing home,
that was what I felt. I do feel scared, I nearly gave up. I know
Pat would not have given up like Pat was a very, very practical
person, and Pat wouldn't have given up. This is particularly vicious
incident where an elderly vulnerable male, Mr Astman, was
attacked. We're appealing for witnesses to come forward, to see
if anybody was in the area at the relevant time, or if anybody
recognises the description of the man or the e-fit that was issued.
DCI Marc Flannery, you're the man heading up the hunt for this
violent robber. John is recovering, how is he? Even though he has
physically recovered, he is still suffering, it warns him daily, the
nasty attack which took place in his own home. You have an e-fit
image. Describe his character? is in his early twenties, 5 feet 8
inches with mousey coloured hair and a side parting. Slim build.
Sporty clothing, tracksuit bottoms, some white trainers on which had
coloured stripes on the bottom. also have some other information
for us today. Since the attack, John Astman has said he think he
has seen the attack upon more than one occasion. The last time he saw
this person, there was a distinctive description, the
offender was wearing a white hooded top with a number 86 on the back
and riding a red mountain bike. you think this chap is local?
we have always believed the offender was a local person. We are
asking the public to help to identify this man. If anyone out
there knows anything at all, please get in touch. The numbers are on
I've just got time to give you a quick update on some of the appeals
so far: We have taken a call while we have been on air about Pawel
Jakub Koperski. We believe he has been seen at the
weekend. And some good calls about Philip Graham, wanted for burglary
offences. We have had possible sightings of him. Police say they
now have strong Leeds, thanks to your calls. Thank you to everyone.
Miriam, you featured an e-fit in that last appeal. A computer
generated image of a criminal, based on a witness's description.
We've got a test to see how accurate these pictures are. I
believe you have a totally innocent person, someone from the crew I've
not seen before, to pose as a We'll just turn the camera round.
Here's one of our crew. Let's take a look.
The first person in the frame is this man here. I have never seemed
that person the 4th. That is all I am going to get, I will try to
memorise that picture. Straight after the programme, I'm
going to talking to an expert meet up with the man who creates
pictures like this, but with new technology. Tomorrow we'll see just
how accurate the match is. Miriam and Steve, what have you got
for us tomorrow? Tomorrow we're moving down to
Frampton on Severn, a beautiful village where a nursing home has
fallen victim to a conman. I've got my chemistry set at the
ready. I'll be getting lessons on what forensic officers do at a
crime scene. Thank you both. For more details
about the crimes on today's programme, head to
bbc.co.uk/crimewatchroadshow. Finally, we'll leave you with