Episode 14 Crimewatch Roadshow


Episode 14

An appeal from South Wales police to help catch the men who attacked a pensioner outside his home. Nicola Smith interviews the parents of murdered teenager Nikitta Grender.


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On the programme today: We need your help to find the thugs who

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beat up a man just metres from his Hello and welcome to Crimewatch

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Roadshow, the programme that makes Britain safer by putting criminals

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behind bars. For that to happen, we do need your help. On today's

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programme: A woman is dragged down an alleyway in broad daylight in a

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terrifying attack. We are out on the road with Gwent

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Police, clamping down on the scrap trade.

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And a regular Friday night out that ended with a shocking attack on a

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pensioner just metres from his front door.

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We are live and our roadshow team is travelling the country reporting

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on crime which is happening where you are. Yesterday, they were in

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Newport today they are further down the M4. Where are you today? Good

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morning, we are in Swansea down at the waterfront at the SA1

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Waterfront Development. It looks more like CSI Swansea. These guys

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are part of a specialist forensic unit operated jointly by Gwent

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Police and South Wales police force. We are going to put them to the

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test. I am going to leave a carefully placed footprint here.

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They have then got to retrieve that and analyse it later in the

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programme. We will find out how they get on and a few moments. I am

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also joined by BBC Wales reporter Nicola Smith. Good morning. As well

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as putting the CSIs through their paces, we will be revealing some

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forensic tricks that amateurs like us can even try.

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It all sounds interesting. Our first appeal today. A pensioner

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went for his weekly Friday-night out. He took the precaution of

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getting a taxi back to his home in Swansea but that would not be

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enough to make sure he got there safely.

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There was a bang. Where is your money, mate? Is a cowardly attack

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and Robert had no chance of defending himself. It is the last

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thing you expect coming home from an evening out. I was literally

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It was the evening of Friday 4th May and 66-year-old Robert

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Mainwaring had gone to the Idlib in Swansea -- the social club in

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Swansea. We meet every Friday night. It is summer we have been going for

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the last 20 years. In the last 20 years Robert has been going to the

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Penlan Social Club, not once has he had any trouble. We go there for

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karaoke and then the entertainment is on until about 11:30pm. The new

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drinker pure beer and go. I have a taxi home normally. There were a

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few there but they were all booked so I phoned one. In all fairness,

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they were there in five minutes. The taxi could possibly be black in

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colour. It made a larger taxi. We are keen to speak to any taxi

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drivers who had any fares in this area at that time. The taxi-driver

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is important because he could have witnessed what happened next.

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Robert describes the taxi-driver as being 5 ft 10 tall, stocky build,

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short dark hair with a local accent. After dropping his friend Mark off,

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the taxi headed for Robert's Street and dropped him of yards from his

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front door. Robert was looking forward to getting home. �5 please.

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As I got out of the taxi, I put the 10 pound note in my back pocket. I

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was thinking when I get home, what will they be in the fridge to eat.

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After a couple of pints, I get the munchies and that is what I was

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thinking about! But as he walked to his front door, Robert noticed two

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men walking towards him. I did not think anything of it. I was only

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five doors from my house. But as the men approached Robert, they

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asked him for some money. Mate, give us a fiver. I was like, on

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your bike. They must have come behind me and elbowed me between

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the shoulder blades. You see stars. Ban. My nose hit the pavement. My

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cheeks were all grazed and bleeding. My nose was bleeding. I was knocked

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unconscious but I felt dazed. I felt them rifling through my

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pockets. All this for a tenner. are looking for two suspects aged

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in their early twenties. Both were white. They were of average build

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wearing dark clothing. I managed to get myself up eventually, pushed

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myself up with one hand and staggered into the house. My eight

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arm was really sore and bleeding heavily. It was a hell of a gash. I

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got some kitchen roll and started mopping the blood off me to stop it

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from dripping all over the house. He in a state of shock, Robert

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managed to climb the stairs to get help from his wife, Angela. He said,

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you have got to help me, I have been attacked. His face was

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scratched and his glasses were broken and he was shaking. It was

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my elbow that was helping -- hurting more than anything. Angela

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cleaned Robert up and they went to bed. After an unsettled night, they

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went to and E where Robert was told his elbow was broken. -- they went

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to accident and emergency. If it is a cowardly attack. Robert sustained

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injuries. All this has been carried out for �10 and Robert stood no

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chance of defending himself. It has made him a lot more nervous and he

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has been more quiet. Of it has shaken him up a lot and it shook me

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up as well. I would not feel safe walking somewhere at night on my

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own, not now anyway. I do not know if I'll ever get over it. Time will

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tell, I suppose. As it is now, they have changed my life.

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Detective Constable Gareth Phillips is investigating. The missing piece

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of the jigsaw is the taxi-driver, you really need to speak to him?

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Yes, we are extremely keen to speak to him as they witnessed. He is

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described as middle-aged, white in colour with a local accent. He has

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not done anything wrong, has he? That is correct. He may have seen

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the two suspects on the night and we need to speak to him in regard

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to that. He picked Robert and his friend up from Penlan Social Club

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around midnight. You think the taxi driver may have parked up to check

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his change after dropping him off so describe the taxi to us. Robert

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describes the taxi as being dark in colour but slightly larger than the

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usual car. Anyone around the area at that time, we are extremely keen

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to speak to them as well. If other members of the public have seen

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anything regarding the taxi or the two suspects, we are keen to speak

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to them. Howl is Robert now? obviously, it was a serious attack

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and he sustained serious injuries. It is a rare incident in that area.

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If anyone knows anything, please contact us. Thank you. If you know

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anything, the numbers are on the screen.

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Now time for today's wanted faces. The first one is Kevin Anthony

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Bates. He is wanted for questioning by offices in North Yorkshire in

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connection with a series of burglaries at Post Office and

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convenience stores. He is originally from the Sunderland area

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but he could be living anywhere in the UK. This is Paul Joseph Cabot.

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He is wanted in conspiracy to supply a Class A drugs. He speaks

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with a Liverpudlian accent and is believed to have access to a

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property in Thailand. 29-year-old Ismail Ismail has been

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on the run for the last nine years. He is known to have connections to

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the Leicester area but detectives believe he could be anywhere in the

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country. The last one today is this guide,

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Paul Fanon. Detectives in Merseyside want to speak to him. He

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speaks with a Liverpudlian accent and has connections to the

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Merseyside, will and Sussex areas. If you recognise any of these

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wanted faces, give us a call on 0 at 800468999. Or you can text us on

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63399. Text CW and then a space. If you do not put the space in the

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message will not get through to us. And you can e-mail us as well. Now

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back to Nicola. Thank you. As you can see we have

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gone all CSI here this morning. These guys are from a specialist

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forensic unit. They are working hard on Dave's footprint. I have

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been behind the scenes at their laboratory to see that they are

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making their mark on crime, catching criminals who literally

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This is the joint scientific investigation unit in Bridgend and

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we are here to see the cutting-edge work they are doing with shoe

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prints. Everyone knows that fingerprints and the night I unique

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but for the last few years, forces in Gwent have been using state-of-

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the-art technology to identify shoe prints. Suspects not only have

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their fingerprints and DNA reported -- recorded, but also their shoe

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prints. We are dressed in crime scene suits and we have our hands

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and feet covered, why are we dressed like this today? Are we are

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going to take you through the whole process of a mock seen to follow

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the path off ace that examination. Every individual walks stiffly and

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that has an impact on the tread of their shoes. With careful analysis

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of footprints, the police can match not only the brand of Sue and the

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size but also who has been wearing it. We are about to get a

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demonstration. We are in the crime scene. Straight away, what you see?

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We can see the heavily contaminated marked here. There is a faint mark

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here which we could use a special machine to enhance. The equipment

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uses static electricity to lift up even the faintest of marks on to a

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special metallic seat -- a special metallic sheet. The technology has

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enabled police to secure convictions. Last year, two men

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were convicted of murder after they kicked a 26-year-old man to death

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in a doorway in Swansea. Scientists were able to match a shoe print

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left at the scene to a print held on at the data base following a

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previous arrest. This is the electric status lifting operators.

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You can see it is starting to go onto the floor now. If you gently

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turn the dial all the way up you can see it start to come through.

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And with the roller you get the air bubbles and you can see it is

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sticking out onto the floor. Now lift it up. Then we can analyse

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this with a lighting source. the metallic sheet will be analysed

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later but even the shoe print on the floor which is not visible to

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the naked eye can be seen when Stewart signs her high-intensity

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light on to it. -- Stewart shrines a high-intensity light on to it.

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will see if there are any identifiable features.

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footprint is quite bright. There is a full impression on the floor. You

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can see the zigzags and also the latter's formation. Now the print

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collected on the metallic sheet can You can see that there is a double

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impression. So we use these features, put them on to the

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database to see if we can find a match. If you click on to the mains

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Seoul where for me, please. That looks pretty similar. It has a zig-

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zagged area in the heel. After the details are entered, the computer

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narrows down the results. From here, we look at every individual record

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and see if there is any parallel between the individual mark and the

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database. It still needs a carefully trained eye to meet the

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final match. If you go back to the first page, we will see if we have

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missed anything. You being kind and telling me that I have? I am, yes.

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This is the same pattern here. That Sue and that logo there indicates

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that manufacturer. When research is done for real, and a shoe print

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matches, it can be traced back to the wearer at the time of the

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previous arrest. More importantly, it can place that person at the

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scene of a crime. The work we have seen here today really can lead to

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convictions. From murderers to burglars, this new technology is

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making a difference in stamping out crime.

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Members of the forensic team have been kept busy over the past few

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days following a murder earlier in the week. It was on Tuesday that a

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20-year-old man was stabbed to death. It happened near Bridgend

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about 30 minutes from here. Dave Thomas is from the forensic unit.

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Presumably you have been working around the clock? Yes, indeed. We

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are fully supported by the Scientific Investigation Unit.

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you are basically on the scene trying to find tiny clues to lead

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to the person responsible? Yes, we use the arsenal of forensic

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evidence to assist in the detection. And time is of the essence in this

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case? You have to preserve evidence? The biggest challenge to

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any forensic investigation is the elements, the weather, especially

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in an outside investigation. Turning back to our mock crime,

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Nicola has seen that footprints are nearly as important as fingerprints.

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Footwear comes right behind fingerprints and DNA in terms of

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value. And you can gather them from all sorts of services including the

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bonnet of the car. We can see some fingerprints and palm prints. What

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have they done with this footprint? And they have used a black powder

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to develop the invisible foot print. They are looking for the individual

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characteristics within the print. Then we will lift it with a black

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Jell, and look for the unique characteristic. That is a very

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clear image. Doesn't always work like that? Sometimes you only get

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And a humble slice of bread with the trainer print gave you a clue,

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didn't it? Yes, the burglar had climbed through a window and

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stepped on the bread on the worktop. This identified him. He admitted 40

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other offences. 40 offences cleared up all thanks to one slice of

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bread! And if we look at this point, you have covered it with a plaster

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mixture, which is not quite dry yet. Working on live television, we

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prepared for this. So we did another one earlier. If I put my

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foot up, you can see that that is my trainer print. So what happens

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to that? To the naked eye, it is hard to see. We would clean it off

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and get soil samples. We are looking for the unique

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characteristics, the small detail, the where Patten that will tell us

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exactly who it was. -- read -- the wear pattern. We have a massive

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database, and we categorise things and code them so that we can find

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them on the database. We are back later, but it we will be looking at

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how we can turn a CSI ourselves. Back to Rav.

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A now, thieves who have a knife or a good painting. Iain Watson is

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investigating her a theft of a painting. Thieves smashed a window

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of the Stanley Spencer Gallery in a Cookham. There were a lot of high-

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value paintings there. Do think they specifically targeted this

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one? This painting was on display, so it is not clear why they wanted

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just this one or any others. But they only stole one, which although

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it wasn't as valuable as others, it is worth a lot. This artist does

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have some extremely valuable paintings, the most expensive being

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over �5 million? This painting isn't worth that much,

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but it is still worth a lot, and it has a great deal of sentimental

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value to the gallery and the owners of it. Let's go through a few

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details. It is called Cookham From Englefield, painted in 1948, and

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there are some details as to why it is called that. It shows the view

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of the cedar of Lebanon tree from a private garden in Cookham. It was

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commissioned by the grandfather of the current owners and has been in

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the family since that time. family who owned this lent it to

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the gallery, didn't they? It has been on a semi-permanent loan to

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the gallery, so it is on display for everyone to see - or at least

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it was. And someone has put up a reward? Yes, the reward for �10,000

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has been put up by anonymous donors. Any information that leads to the

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safe recovery of the painting. Hopefully someone will recognise

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this and have seen it around and can get it back to its rightful

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owner. If you do have any information, please do get in touch.

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Or alternatively you can call Crimestoppers on a 0800 555 111.

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Still to come: We are out with Gwent police on the trail of the

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scrap metal dealers. And she was dragged down an

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alleyway in broad daylight. Help us catch the men who did this to a

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Swansea woman. But before all that, they do say that in this country we

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have more CCTV cameras than anywhere in the world, so if you

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are a crook, there is no escaping them.

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KFC in the London borough of Newham, January this year. This guy had

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apparently complained about his food, and now he is back, and he is

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not happy. He jumps on the counter and kicks the tills. He caused �700

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of damage. Do you know this disgruntled diner? Be a good egg

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and let us know. March this year, and a private home

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in Mars grave. A thief wearing a furry hat and glasses takes his

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chances and enters the kitchen. Next he goes into the living room,

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puts on a Glover and grabs a handbag next to a lounge chair. He

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stuffs it in his top. You will notice that the telly is on. Police

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say his accomplice could have been chatting to the elderly owner at

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the front door. He checks the coast is clear before leaving. Someone

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must know him. Next, Richmond in Surrey. Just

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before Christmas last year and a high street chemist. It seems this

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man still had some prisons left to get. He goes for an expensive

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designer gift Set and hides it in his jacket. And another one.

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Christmas sorted. Police say he nicked �70 worth of goodies. He has

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distinctive logo on his jacket, so if you know him, name him.

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Now to our next appeal, and South Wales police need your help to

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catch a guy who has been exposing himself to a number of women at a

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bus-stop in Swansea. For obvious reasons, we weren't going to the

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sordid details, but I am joined by Anthony Evans who is investigating

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this. He has been approaching lone females at the bus-stop in the

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Carmarthen Road area of Swansea. have actually got some CCTV

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pictures, heavily pixilated to hide the identities of people around him.

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You can see that these pictures were taken before and after one of

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the January incident. He is wearing a dark jacket and trousers,

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trainers and a green hooded top. We get a good clear shot of his face

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as he turns around. All of the women have identified him as the

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man they saw. Does he say anything? No, he doesn't say anything, he

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exposes himself and then runs off. We believe he might know the area

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because all of the incidents are occurring in the same area. And you

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need to catch this guy before he moves on to something even more

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serious? Yes, that is of great concern to us. If you know this guy,

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you know what to do. The number is on the screen. Or you can call

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Crimestoppers anonymously on an 0800 555 111.

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Time for a progress report on our appeals. After we showed you a CCTV

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have someone shoplifting in Hampshire, a woman in her thirties

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has been arrested and charged with theft. It does work. And we

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appealed for information on the whereabouts of Lorraine Barnham,

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wanted in connection with more than 100 offences of fraud and theft.

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Somebody has contacted us with a promising sighting which police are

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following up. We will keep you posted. Now, we should all feel

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safe when we are out and about in broad daylight, but for one Swansea

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woman, the routine walk to the local shops became a terrible

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I was petrified. I thought they were going to kill me. It has

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changed her life for the worse. Thursday 10th May this year, Julie

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from Swansea had just been to the local supermarket. But she had to

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go out again to do so more shopping. Julie would have left her home, out

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of the back garden on to this lane which leads on to Mansel Road. At

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the end of this brick wall, she would have walked from that Lane on

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to Mansel Road. Then she would have turned left and gone down to the

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roundabout. Julie then crossed the main road and past the Colliers

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Arms towards the railway bridge. She would have walked along this

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road, under the railway bridge, and then on towards the lane. We

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believe it was at this point that the use saw her, because she

:26:47.:26:52.

certainly saw two of them. I saw two boys at the bottom of the road.

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I stopped, but I thought, it is nothing, carry on going. I went

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further on and looked again, and they had gone. But they were lying

:27:06.:27:16.
:27:16.:27:17.

in wait, about to put Julie through a terrifying ordeal. The they

:27:17.:27:24.

grabbed me and slapped me in the face or punched me. They kept on

:27:24.:27:28.

dragging me up the lane, and I'd thought I was going to be raped,

:27:28.:27:36.

petrified. He was pulling on my back, pulled me and I landed on

:27:36.:27:43.

this big log. The boy said, leave your bag or we will keep you in the

:27:43.:27:53.
:27:53.:28:02.

face. I let my bag go, and do just Initially she didn't know what the

:28:02.:28:08.

motives were, and she was terrified. She tried to scream, but on doing

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so, the Mail has with some force put his hand across her face, and

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this caused her nose to bleed. seemed like hours, but it was only

:28:19.:28:25.

about 10 minutes, 15 minutes. Then I just got up and ran to the edge

:28:25.:28:34.

of the lane. They stole her handbag and everything in it. I watch,

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cards, my purse with �130 in it, photos of my children and

:28:39.:28:45.

grandchildren. It is unusual for the area, and it was a vicious

:28:45.:28:50.

attack. Julie was alone and she was concerned that she was going to be

:28:50.:28:55.

raped. This attackers had a profound impact on Julie's life.

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Since it happened, she has been too afraid to go out alone. I never

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thought anything like that would happen. None at all. Never. Just

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walking, you wouldn't think it would happen to you. I thought oh

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was going to be raped or killed. I was thinking, what will my children

:29:18.:29:23.

think now they haven't got a mother? I don't know what they

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would have done. Detective Constable Anthony Jones is the

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investigating officer on this case. Thank you for joining us this

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morning. A horrific attack on Julie. Remind us again of the descriptions.

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Our first suspect is a white man in his early twenties, about 5 ft tall.

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He is of stocky build, short cropped ginger hair, freckles. He

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was wearing a white hooded top, blue denim jeans and white training

:29:54.:30:00.

shoes. The only description we have of the second suspect, he was again

:30:00.:30:04.

a white man in his mid-twenties, medium build, short dark hair and

:30:04.:30:09.

was wearing a blue hooded top with stripes on the sleeves, possibly

:30:09.:30:14.

Adidas. What is shocking about this is that it happened in broad

:30:14.:30:21.

daylight. That is pretty reckless behaviour. That is correct. It was

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a particularly shocking and cowardly attack by two men on a

:30:24.:30:29.

defenceless woman going about her daily business. It happened in

:30:29.:30:32.

broad daylight, and we are desperate to trace the people

:30:32.:30:35.

responsible, and we are looking for anybody with information to contact

:30:35.:30:42.

us. How is duly now? She was extremely distressed, and it is

:30:42.:30:47.

pure luck she didn't suffer more serious injuries. Thank you very

:30:47.:30:52.

much Updating us on that. You have heard the appeal there. Please get

:30:52.:31:02.
:31:02.:31:04.

When something terrible happens as a result of crime, of course, the

:31:04.:31:09.

victim and their family have to deal with an awful lot of stuff.

:31:09.:31:12.

Sometimes it can be the trigger that drives them to campaign to

:31:12.:31:16.

make changes for the better. That was the case for Michael Brown. His

:31:17.:31:22.

daughter, Clare, was brutally murdered in 2009. It is something I

:31:22.:31:26.

remember well because I covered the story at the time for BBC North

:31:26.:31:30.

West tonight and it was a truly shocking case.

:31:30.:31:36.

Clare Wood was murdered in 2009. She had been strangled and set on

:31:36.:31:40.

fire by her ex-boyfriend George Appleton. The 36-year-old mother

:31:40.:31:45.

from Salford met him on the internet and did not know he had a

:31:45.:31:48.

history of domestic violence. He subjected her to months of abuse

:31:48.:31:52.

and death threats before killing her.

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We are joined now by Clare's father Michael Brown. Welcome. Tell us

:31:57.:32:04.

about your campaign. My campaign was for as much as my daughter met

:32:04.:32:09.

her end violently, George Appleton had a history of domestic violence

:32:09.:32:14.

and I could not understand why my daughter could not have been warned

:32:14.:32:24.
:32:24.:32:25.

that he had this. I have campaigned to out domestic violence. If you

:32:25.:32:28.

are in a domestic violence situation, you should be able to

:32:28.:32:31.

ask the police and be told by the police that this man has done this

:32:31.:32:36.

in the past and may possibly do it again in the future. This has been

:32:36.:32:40.

trialled by a few police forces in the UK, how has it gone? I have

:32:40.:32:44.

been in touch with Greater Manchester Police and Gwent Police

:32:45.:32:50.

and I am very heartened by those. It is also being trialled in

:32:50.:32:52.

Wiltshire and Nottinghamshire for a year to see if it makes a

:32:52.:32:56.

difference to the crime figures. The crime figures you mention,

:32:56.:33:01.

there are some shocking statistics. Apparently two people a week are

:33:01.:33:06.

killed by their current or former partner in England and Wales. That

:33:06.:33:11.

is heady stuff. You are saying, if your daughter had known about her

:33:11.:33:16.

partner's violent past, she could still be with us today. Yes, she

:33:16.:33:21.

could have steered clear. It would have empowered her to make an

:33:21.:33:24.

educated decision whether to come or go. I believe she would have

:33:24.:33:31.

gone. Really, you feel that you could save other lives by doing

:33:31.:33:36.

this. If this is rolled out, other people could be saved? Most

:33:36.:33:41.

certainly. A lot of the women in the situation that they are in are

:33:41.:33:46.

screaming for help and not getting it. If this could save just one or

:33:46.:33:51.

two lives, my campaign would have been worth it. You are not going to

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stop this, are you? No, not -- I am not. I will trumpet it. And by and

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large it has been positive? Most certainly. Are a must thank the

:34:06.:34:10.

British media, the television and newspapers for the publicity I have

:34:10.:34:13.

had over the last year. It has been really heartening. Thank you for

:34:13.:34:22.

joining us today. Now let's go back to Swansea and Nicola.

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Just over a year ago, Gwent Police launched a campaign to enforce the

:34:26.:34:31.

rules that no scrapyard should accept metal from anyone without a

:34:31.:34:37.

valid form of ID. Since then, all councils in Gwent have adopted that,

:34:37.:34:43.

no yd, no cash scheme. We followed went police officers to see how

:34:43.:34:46.

they are playing their part in the crackdown.

:34:46.:34:51.

In an attempt to stamp out metal theft, Gwent Police are running

:34:51.:34:55.

Operation Ignite. Teams of officers are supported by several partner

:34:55.:34:59.

agencies, responsible for everything from vehicle safety to

:34:59.:35:04.

Revenue and Customs. Today's operation is targeting those who

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collect metal door to door and there are teams stationed at

:35:08.:35:11.

several scrapyards across the county. If people bringing it in

:35:12.:35:16.

have got to prove where they picked it up from and where they are

:35:16.:35:22.

taking it too. We stopped them prior to moving into the yard and

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then we check what they have got on board. Tracking stolen metal can be

:35:27.:35:31.

incredibly difficult so the Operation Ignite team use every

:35:31.:35:37.

tool available to stop suspicious vehicles. En route to the first

:35:37.:35:41.

sight and by chance, Sergeant Simon Clark spots a vehicle laden with

:35:41.:35:45.

scrap-metal. This is all from his unit but he has also said he has

:35:45.:35:50.

had it given to him. What the gentleman is saying is that he has

:35:50.:35:55.

got his own unit at the back of this House and the persons have

:35:55.:36:00.

just dropped this of. But it is a legal requirement for dealers to

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keep records of where the scrap they are carrying comes from. If

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they do not it is breaking the law. He should have records showing us

:36:08.:36:13.

where the stuff has come from. This is the type of stuff which is

:36:13.:36:17.

stolen from people's gardens. Although there is not any evidence

:36:17.:36:21.

that this is stolen, the dealer will not be taking a further.

:36:21.:36:26.

knows that he will be reporting for a summons and the metal will be

:36:26.:36:33.

seized. The seized metal is sold on and goes to fund the multi-agency

:36:33.:36:37.

operation. Police have set up four checkpoints in the Caerphilly area

:36:38.:36:43.

and are pulling over any vehicle carrying metal on board. The team

:36:43.:36:47.

have moved on to another checkpoint and on the way, officers stop

:36:47.:36:51.

another scrap metal collector. They are suspicious because of the

:36:51.:36:55.

number of bicycles on the back of the vehicles. You cannot just put

:36:55.:37:00.

10 bikes from an address, that could be anything. You have got to

:37:00.:37:04.

be specific. You have got so much on board today that I do not think

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you can account for probably. He is not counting for some of the goods

:37:09.:37:14.

on board say he is being reported for failing to keep records. We are

:37:14.:37:17.

going to seize the lead. The traffic officers say he is likely

:37:17.:37:23.

to be overweight. We are going to take him to a Weybridge. If an

:37:23.:37:27.

overweight vehicle can be unstable making it a real danger on the

:37:27.:37:31.

roads. Checks like these are used to make sure vehicles follow the

:37:31.:37:35.

letter of the law. This ban is within its weight limit but the

:37:35.:37:41.

Czechs do not end there -- this a van. Revenue and Customs staff

:37:41.:37:46.

check that the vehicle is not running on an untaxed fuel called a

:37:46.:37:53.

red diesel. They also make sure the van is roadworthy. We have done

:37:53.:37:58.

some checks on the vehicle. It is not roadworthy. People have served

:37:59.:38:04.

a prohibition notice on the vehicle. It basically means it cannot be

:38:04.:38:08.

used on the road until the defects have been put right. But the multi-

:38:08.:38:12.

agency approach to tackle metal theft is not popular with everyone.

:38:12.:38:18.

All we are trying to do is keep the environment clean and tidy. We get

:38:18.:38:21.

stopped for every little thing. I am not blaming the law, they have

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got to go by the law but I am only trying to make a living. It is

:38:26.:38:31.

idiots out their spoiling it for the rest of us. The it is not just

:38:31.:38:35.

small dealers who fall under the eye of the operation. Everybody has

:38:35.:38:39.

to comply to the same rules. Biscuit firm which owns this

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vehicle was cautioned as the driver was unable to prove where the goods

:38:44.:38:49.

on board had come from. It has been a successful day for the Operation

:38:49.:38:55.

Ignite team with six loads of scrap seized. Today we stopped in the

:38:55.:38:59.

region of 97 vehicles and persons. We were stopping them if they did

:38:59.:39:04.

not have proper records. We were seizing their loads. We were taking

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them to local scrapyards and those local scrapyards in turn will send

:39:10.:39:16.

the funds into Gwent Police to help fund the operation in future.

:39:16.:39:20.

Interesting stuff. It goes without saying that the vast majority of

:39:20.:39:25.

scrap dealers are honest people who do stick to the rules. Back to our

:39:25.:39:29.

mock crime scene here in Swansea. I guess the proliferation of CSI

:39:29.:39:35.

drama programmes on TV have turned us into armchair experts. We are

:39:35.:39:38.

not really but there are things you can do to preserve evidence if you

:39:38.:39:42.

stumble across the scene of a crime. Say you get home, worst-case

:39:42.:39:47.

scenario, the place has been turned over, what should you do? One of

:39:47.:39:53.

the key things is the golden hour principle of protect and preserve.

:39:53.:39:56.

That protect the evidence, preserves that for us and when we

:39:56.:40:00.

come to investigate it, we can fully utilise our resources. It the

:40:00.:40:04.

simple thing is shut the doors to the rooms which have been affected

:40:04.:40:10.

and don't think I must tidy this It is the simple things that matter,

:40:10.:40:14.

shutting doors, switching lights off. Those can be the things which

:40:14.:40:19.

are key to the case. He is the evidence is outside, say it is a

:40:19.:40:23.

footprint in the mud like we saw earlier and it is raining, of what

:40:23.:40:27.

can you do to preserve it? We would always that things preserved but

:40:27.:40:31.

sometimes it is not possible. If because of TV programmes awareness

:40:31.:40:36.

has been increased. If there is a footprint on the floor you can put

:40:36.:40:40.

a been laid over it. It is over rather than lying on it because

:40:40.:40:46.

that would destroy it. Absolutely. You might find something as

:40:46.:40:51.

innocent as a drinks bottle. know couplets often leave these

:40:51.:41:00.

things that -- culprits often leave this at crime scenes. There is

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evidence where they have drunk from it. If you see a cigarette butt and

:41:07.:41:12.

you do not smoke, you must be suspicious. Used a rubber glove to

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pick it up. It is protect and preserve. That is the key element.

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If we do that we can maximise the benefit of forensic evidence. If

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you protect and preserve, battered the way to do it. A-C and -- a

:41:31.:41:37.

cigarette but can be laden with DNA which pinpoints the criminal. After

:41:37.:41:43.

you have done the initial things, leave it to the experts to do the

:41:43.:41:47.

detailed investigation. Some of that information hopefully is

:41:47.:41:50.

useful to you. I will hand you back to Rav.

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Thank you, I have time to give you a quick update. Some good news to

:41:56.:42:00.

start with. Some potential names for the assault on Robert. The poor

:42:00.:42:05.

fellow who ended up with a broken elbow for no reason. Potential

:42:05.:42:12.

names have been passed forward to officers. We haps Sam -- we have

:42:12.:42:16.

received some potential sightings of his male Ismail, the robber who

:42:16.:42:21.

has been on the run for nine years. Dave and Nicola, what are you up to

:42:21.:42:27.

tomorrow? We are making our way to Mid Wales where we will be looking

:42:27.:42:32.

for your help to catch bank robbers. And we will be taking to the roads

:42:32.:42:37.

of rural Wales to see how police are keeping bikers in check.

:42:37.:42:43.

have kept the weather in check. It is starting to spit a little bit.

:42:43.:42:48.

We have a packed programme tomorrow, make sure you join us. Fingers

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crossed in Swansea for a nice, dry one. For more details had to our

:42:55.:42:59.

South Wales police appeal for help in catching the men who violently attacked a pensioner outside his home for the sake of ten pounds. Local reporter Nicola Smith has an exclusive interview with the parents of murdered pregnant teenager Nikitta Grender and their family liaison officer, and David Guest meets the forensic scientists who are catching criminals by the shoes they wear.


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