Episode 6 Crimewatch Roadshow

Episode 6

Rav Wilding and Dave Guest appeal for information on unsolved crimes. Sussex police search for the hit-and-run driver who left a pregnant woman in danger of losing her baby.

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On Crimewatch roadshow today: Can you help us find the calloused


driver who left an expectant mother Hello and welcome to Crimewatch


Roadshow. We're live and kicking off our second week on air with an


action packed programme. We're going to be asking for your help to


solve everyday crime that affects us all. We have had our first


arrest. More on that later. On the Roadshow today: The phone scam


which left Roy thousands of pounds out of pocket. Finding evidence in


the fight against crime. The specialist team searching on land


and in water. Police want your help to find a driver who hit a pregnant


woman and then drove away. Last week we were in the North West of


England and today our team out on the road has travelled south to


Sussex, way down South. Our presenter, Dave Guest, is rearing


to go, aren't you? Where are you? We're in the very pretty village of


Alfriston, which is around 15 miles from Brighton, where Sussex Police


are pioneering a Community Policing Project. It is very busy here this


morning because we've got the specialist search unit from Sussex


Police here. And joining me on the team whilst we're in Sussex is


Colin Campbell, BBC South East's home affairs correspondent. He's


going to set these guys a challenge. Thanks, Dave. I have got my wedding


ring. I will see if this lot can find it later in the programme.


Right, let's get on with our first appeal of the week. Just down the


road from here is the seaside town of Eastbourne where, in February


this year, the actions of one careless driver put a life of an


unborn child in jeopardy. My son was screaming in the car. I was


shaking. I started to cry. I felt a sharp pain. On February 20th, the


driver of the Vauxhall Astra was about to put a pregnant women and


the life of her unborn baby at risk. It was an exciting time. Fatima was


35 weeks pregnant with her second child. It was an exciting time.


Harris was looking forward to having a baby brother or sister. He


was looking forward to it. He knew that mum was going to go to


hospital and come back with a baby. It was time to go home. Fatima put


her son in his car seat for the journey. I had been at a friend's


house. I had made my way home. I parked outside the house. She could


not begin to imagine what was about to happen. At a went to get my son


out of the car. It was on the roadside. I went to open the door


and take my son out. I've just heard a car screaming down the road.


Careering down the road, the driver of this ill that Astra slammed into


the open door. -- the silver Astra. It crashed me into the door frame.


I felt a sharp pain in my bump and I screamed out. The car sped off.


The driver screeched to a halt further up the road. But the driver


was not in the mood to stop. waited for a few moments and then


sped off down the road. The driver waited a few seconds, then he drove


off into the night, leaving a heavily pregnant woman hat and


distraught. He left a vital clue. He smashed his wing mirror. A Good


Samaritan walking his job rush to help. There was a man at the top of


the road walking his dog. He came running back down the road. Luckily


the double can notice the wing mirror had been smashed off.


moved me to the side of the road. He picked up the wing mirror and


put it on the pavement next to me. He was asking me, are you all


right? I was in complete shock. My son was screaming in the car. He


was frightened. I was shaking and I started to cry. Shall I call for an


ambulance? Do not worry. I am completely fine. I could not


believe I had been hit by a car and he had not come back of round to


see how I was. Fatima convinced that "she was fine and he headed


off. Very soon she realised everything was not OK. And went to


pick up my son. I felt a sharp pain. I thought, I am not OK. She called


her husband to come to her aid. Now all she could do was wait. Over the


next few hours, she would have to face the possibility that she might


lose her baby. And we'll find out what happened next later in the


programme. Now reporting on crime in this area is a major part of my


job as home affairs correspondent in the South East. And we've been


talking to Chief Constable Martin Richards about the challenges of


From the City of brighten up on the south coast come up all the way


along the A23, up to Gatwick International Airport, the county's


force have their hands full. -- Brighton place macro on the south


coast, are all the way along. 93 miles from east to west. Gatwick


Airport has 30 million visitors every year coming through the


airport. We have good, strong, local neighbourhood policing.


Specialist crime team still with more sophisticated, challenging


areas of crime. We want to achieve the servants Year of crime


reduction, against a backdrop of cuts and challenges we have never


faced before. -- 7th year. It has its work cut out. Policing the


county is more demanding than ever. A challenging time for forces


across the country. So let's give them a hand and help them out by


tracking down these Wanted Faces. First up this week is James Hannon.


He was charged with an offence of aggravated burglary involving a


firearm back in 2003 but failed to appear before Croydon Crown Court.


Detectives believe he may now be living in Ireland but he also has


connections to the Tonbridge Wells area in Kent. Have you seen him


recently? Please let us know where he is. This man, Jelenko Petkovic,


uses many different names, He was charged back in the year


2000 with violence and firearms offences but didn't turn up in


court. He's known to have connections to the Derbyshire,


Warwickshire and Staffordshire areas. Now this photo was taken a


few years ago, so his appearance may have changed. Do you know where


he is? Now let's take a look at this man, Steven Brown. He was


arrested in May 2010 on suspicion of breaching a Sexual Offences


Prevention Order and was released on police bail but then went


missing. He has a noticeable West Country accent and still has


connections in the Wiltshire and Bristol areas. And the last one for


today is Azwar Abdul Amin. Have you seen him recently? He was convicted


in December 2006 of attempted kidnap and actual bodily harm but


failed to turn up in court to be sentenced. He is originally from


Iraq but is known to have connections to the Blackburn area


and is described as being heavily built. Where is he? Please let us


know. If you recognise him or any of these faces, the number to call


Or text us. Text CW, space, and then your message. And please,


leave the space or your message won't get through to us. Or e-mail


us. Don't forget, all the wanted Now there is nothing more annoying


than rushing to pick up the phone only to have someone trying to sell


you something, but much worse are those calls from the telephone


scammers who just want to steal your money. Here is what happened


Oh, it is you again. My dad does not deserve this. I do not know how


anybody can do this to someone like my father. You want �200 to release


my money? It is not until the victims are aware they are being


scanned that the scam has rarely show their true colours and start


to become nasty. Since the Roy Watkins retired, he has led a quiet


life in Chichester. In the year 11 Macro, his world was turned upside


down. -- in 2000 -- in 2011, his They wanted �200 from an account


from a cash voucher to get money released. Hello. I am calling from


the Ministry of Justice. The people on the phone claimed they had


�5,000 for Roy in overpaid bank charges. In order to get that money,


they were it -- he would have to pay �200 admin fee. I thought the


money would be very useful and I could help Elizabeth, who is going


through a rough patch. The man on the phone told him to pay the money


using Ukash vouchers. They are widely available in shops across


the UK. They can be cashed by anyone knowing the unique number


printed on each one. The beauty of them is they have virtually


untraceable. He rang to see if I had got the voucher. I told him I


had. He said, can you give me the number of it? That means giving the


money to him, doesn't it? Having got their money, they came back for


more. The following day he rang up a game. He wanted further money. It


amounted to �250. -- again. This time they asked him to pay through


Western Union. His local outlet was suspicious but he was keen to help


his daughter, so he took a taxi to the brunch in Bognor Regis. The �20


taxi ride was something a pensioner like Roy and hard. He tried to


cover up the extent of his spending from his own family. My dad was


hard-working and worked all his life. He had the biggest heart of


anyone I have ever met. He does not deserve this to happen to him at


all. It had a profound effect on him. He became a stranger. I did


not know him. By now, they had been calling Roy for every day for


months. Finally he realised he was never going to get his �5,000.


was desperate. I rang the police. They advised me not to hand over


any more money because it was a scam. I had realised it was by that


time. We carried out an investigation. After a few weeks,


we established the ministry of justice were not making these phone


calls and they were scanners who are contacting victims. I did say,


when he phoned again, there was no more money. If I had got any, I was


keeping it in my pocket and he could go away. He did not like that.


He got abusive and called me everything under the sun and I put


the phone turned on him in the end. I have not heard from him since.


simply do not know how much money Roy has lost. His family think, it


could be thousands. From the paperwork that Mr Watkins has given


us, we can see from just one month he has paid out �600 to them. This


is just the tip of the iceberg. He probably has paid out in the region


of �3,000. They do not realise what a profound effect - not that they


care - but they do not realise what effect it has on people, not only


food they are doing this crime against, but the fact they're


destroying families. -- who they Seeing somebody like Roy being


taken advantage of like that makes us all angry. I am now joined by


Tom Clack. You have a range of scam letters that have been sent to


people. This was sent by somebody who calls themselves Stella


Enginestone. -- Angelstone. They say that all you have to do to get


the money in the next few days is send and �40. This is typical of


what you see on a daily basis? much so. Unfortunately, the bank


charges can that Roy became a victim of his very common. And


payment protection scams that require Ukash vouchers for the


payments to be made. Tell us about these vouchers, because these are


legitimate, but it is just that some were using them as a scam?


Absolutely. A Ukash voucher is a totally legitimate way to make a


payment online. Unfortunately, criminals have been using them to


trick people into making payments to them. With Ukash, the clue is in


the name. People should treat it like cash. We saw in the film that


Roy's daughter did not know what was going on. It is there any


advice you could give to family members are worried that an elderly


relative or somebody vulnerable is being scammed? If it is difficult


because they will encourage their victims to keep things secret for


obvious reasons. But family members can be vigilant. Is that person


receiving a lot of phone calls from strangers? Are the receiving a lot


of junk mail? And if somebody is being uncharacteristically guarded


about their finances or telephone calls they are receiving. All of


this vital signs, and it is typical that these scammers do not send one


letter. So keep an eye out for your relatives. There is this term I


know you do not like and we call it the "sucker list". I don't like


that because of what it applies about the victims, but essentially


it is a target list. If you respond to a scam, you will be put on a


target list and that will be shared with like minded criminals. So that


victim could find themselves being repeatedly targeted. Says somebody


gets a letter they are not too sure about and it sounds too good to be


true. What should they do? I would encourage anybody who thinks they


have been a victim of a scammed or is not sure about something they


have received to contact their local Trading Standards department


we can help them from there. you can help them and they will not


get into trouble if they have not done anything wrong?


Next up, it is time for our first batch of crooks caught on CCTV.


A service station in Aldershot, Hampshire, in February this year.


They break in and head straight for the cigarettes. They managed to


take them quickly and put them in a sheet. Getting out proves more


challenging. They take more than �10,000 worth of cigarettes. Police


need to smoke these thieves out. If you recognise them, you know what


to do. A phone shop in Kilburn High Road,


London. This man wants a new mobile and checks out the new �300 Sony


Eriksson. He takes his time, checking that is the model he wants.


Hmm, he is not Shaw. Actually, what he has been doing is detaching the


phone. He takes it off that display and casually use the shop. If you


recognise him, don't be laid back about getting in touch.


The last one for now - it is 29th February this year and this bloke


is making the most of the extra leap year day. He drops into a shop


in Richmond, Surrey. He asks to see an expensive watch and goes away


without buying anything. But the next day he is back and wants to


see the �5,000 watch it again, and this time, he grabs it and runs. If


you recognise this crook, call time on him.


So, recognise anyone? If so, get in touch. Plenty more to come on the


programme. A pregnant woman fears for her


unborn child after a hit-and-run. And the tough police divers are


trained to search in the most challenging conditions.


Remember, I was going to hide my wedding ring and it is now well and


truly hidden in this area. Behind me you can see a fine fingertip


search is underway. These guys of from the Specialist Search Unit and


I have recently joined them on an underwater training session.


Despite research unit arrives at Shoreham Harbour, 10 miles west of


Brighton. It is a regular visit. For the unit, training here is


crucial. Today, the team is practising underwater search


techniques so when the real call comes in, they will be fully


prepared. The team is made up of eight divers who regularly search


for missing people and evidence. They are on call 247. The purpose


of these training exercises is to keep us on our toes and heighten


our skills. Most of the time, the team is asked to set rivers and


ponds but they trained here in the harbour so they can be ready for


the most difficult of dives. have got the depth, the lack of


visibility, you are along the bottom and you cannot feel because


you are wearing gloves, and she was kicking up or of the silt, so


visibility is reduced to zero. -- you are kicking up all the silt.


Let's see how long it takes them to find this. Here goes. Michelle will


be searching for the knife. A gun is thrown in, too, and Rick will


look for that. We are using one of the 12 diving techniques. Ago I


will go along the bottom with a line and search as he goes along


the line. -- a guy will go along the line. How difficult will it be?


Very difficult. He will not be able to see very much. Visibility is


around zero. The divers are able to keep in constant contact with the


surface. Have you spotted the knife It takes Michelle just 20 minutes


to find the knife. She is used to difficult conditions. Roger!


Sometimes we have to go out in snow wee, icy conditions, where it is


minus three outside. -- snowy conditions. Getting kitted out and


going to the river is horrendous enough. Torrential rain and quite


often I would prefer to be in the water because it is warmer! And a


few minutes later, which comes up to the surface with the gun. --


grip. That was obviously a training exercise. How does that compare to


the real thing? That training exercise, if we miss it, we go out


later on and maybe find it again. But on a live exercise, you have to


find it. That is why we are here. But all too often, the team face an


even more difficult challenge - searching for a body. In a case


when you have a body and it has gone missing and you have to go


into the water to retrieve the body, bringing the body back to the


family, that is extremely important. Very sensitive. With young children,


it is very tough. Everybody is very sober about it all. Normally that


means the family is quite close by. The idea is to bring a successful


conclusion to the case, either to bring closure to the family's or if


the case is an investigation, a criminal investigation, to provide


and recover evidence that cannot be recovered by any other means.


in 2008, the team's skills were tested to the limit by the


disappearance of this woman. We had to search places like the cesspit


of the House concerned. There was a number of deep wells on the forest


we had to make sure there was nothing in them. The search team


moved on to search by an's home and discovered two key pieces of


evidence. -- Diane's home. They found a bloodstained watch and ring.


The police they knew they were hunting the killer and the make-up


artist's husband was convicted of her murder. The work of the


Specialist Search Unit was integral and essential to this investigation.


The skills and expertise they bring to an investigation is very


reassuring -- are very reassuring to a senior officer. The evidence


they found on this occasion was significant in the arrest. It is


rewarded when you find something that is relevant to an


investigation. -- it is rewarding. It is a good feeling that you have


actually found the item they are looking for. Here on dry land, the


search for Colin's wedding ring continues. My camera manos where


the ring is and I know as well. We can show you here. But they don't.


They have got to find it. I am joined by Darren. Is what we are


seeing here typical? Yes. The officers are advancing forward on


their knees and using their fingers to search. It is what we call a


systematic fingertip search. cover all of the ground? Yes.


do the white markers signify? show the area the officers have


already searched, so we know that when we move on, an area has been


covered so we can move into a new area. It is painstaking work and if


we just go down here but now I will have a word with one of these


people. We saw your film in your diving gear and you are now on the


ground. How long would you carry out a search for? Typically 45


minutes to and hour. It is also dependent on the weather, if it is


too pot, cold. Does your mind sometimes become a haze? It can do,


and that is why it is essential to take breaks. It must take its toll


on your knees and back? Yes, you get sore unease at the end of the


day. I will refuse to it, because the search for the wedding -- I


will leave you to it because the search for the wedding ring


continues. And you have used this previously? Yes. We have to search


a rural area before after an incident that had taken place and


we were looking for an knife. During the search, as the officers


went forward, we found the knife. Hidden in the undergrowth? And then


they can get evidence from DNA, so your work is crucial? Absolutely.


Back-breaking but enjoyable? Yes. It is a lovely feeling when you


find something, especially when it is vital evidence to something that


has taken place. Thank you very much. Back to Colin.


Back to the shocking hit-and-run that left an expectant mother


frightened for her baby's life. On February 20th this year, the


driver of a silver Astra slammed into the side door of Fatimah's car,


crushing her and her unborn child. The driver sped off, leading


Fatimah in terrible pain. She phoned her husband for help. --


leaving Fatimah. I said, I have just been hit by a car, can you


come quickly? And I started to have a lot of pain. My son was screaming


and I was panicking and I was thinking, I have got to get to


hospital. Within minutes, her husband arrived. As soon as he came


and opened the door, I started crying again. Concerned for his


wife and unborn baby, he took them straight to hospital at Eastbourne.


I was sitting in the back of a car and my husband, I think he was


really worried. We are nearly there, hold on! Because I could not feel


any movement. I could feel pain and you wonder how much of that


impacted the baby. Did it hit the baby's head? Not knowing what might


be wrong and might happen now because of this. Her husband took


her straight up to the local hospital. She was in the maternity


department in Eastbourne and she was having some monitors placed on


her to make sure she was a crate and the baby was OK. -- she was OK.


But the doctors became increasingly concerned. They said the heartbeat


was fine but I was having contractions and they were coming


quite regularly. They gave me a steroid injection, which helps to


mature the baby's lungs in case it had difficulty breathing. And I was


panicking thinking, I am not ready to have this baby. Fatimah was in


and out of hospital for the next four Day is having tests, and when


she started having just pains, doctors were worried this could


indicate a blood clot. Police were trying to look for the silver Astra.


I think the driver of the other car involved would have known what


happened that day. In any situation, you think, who would hit somebody


and knowingly take off? There is no doubt they could not know they hit


This could have been more serious. There could have been a greater


injury to her or her unborn child. I could have been hit directly by


the car. I could have been holding my son and he could have been hurt.


Despite the trauma, she gave birth to a healthy baby girl. Layla was


born on 14th May. She was born completely normal delivery and


everything went really well. Bit of such a shame. I had had such a good


pregnancy and it was all remained at the last minute. The last period


was so stressful for me. Well, fortunately, this story does have a


happy ending and Fatimah joins us now with baby Layla. Is she always


back good? 13 weeks. All is well now but you must have had a real


worry in hospital after that incident. It was traumatic. I was


in and out of hospital. It was ready difficult. You're saying your


pregnancy had been an event full up until that point? Yes, really an


event full. What do you think about someone who could do that and drive


off? Shocking. I screamed out. It is appalling. What do you say to


anyone who might know who this person is? Please come forward and


give information. Describe your relief when she was born and all


was well. It was a massive relief and a lovely surprise because we


did not know we were having a girl. You're too year-old son was also in


the car. Has he been affected in any way? It was difficult at the


time. He is young enough not to have remembered anything. He is


still oblivious to everything. PC Richard Hobbs, we saw you in that


film. How can our beers helped to track down this driver? From the


wing mirror, we know we're looking for a silver box will Astra. There


will be a broken passenger side wing mirror. -- Foxall. When did it


happen? Around 6:00pm. description of the driver? We do


not have that. I will be looking at three offences. The first is


driving without due care and attention, per-second for failing


to stop and the third failing to report the crash to us. If you want


to remain anonymous, Buchan. Call us on: -- you can. Your calls on


Friday it led directly to an arrest. We showed you the photo of this man.


Within just two hours of the programme, Cambridgeshire Police


arrested and later charged him with three counts of fraud. He pleaded


guilty on Saturday and is being remanded in custody. He has been


arrested by another police force over similar offences. Thank you.


Your calls provided that vital piece of information. Police are


following up a strong line of inquiry after repeated a robbery in


Merseyside. Staff were threatened before the robbers escaped. We have


had lots of you giving as good information after week featured on


Friday the theft of diggers from a yard. -- we featured. Your calls


really do make a difference. Back to Colin. You must be a bit


nervous? I am now back with the specialist search unit who have


been searching for my wedding ring. Will I be in trouble with the wife


or not? It's have a word with PC Darren Middleton. Am I going to get


my ring back? I am not too sure. Have you found it? There you go.


The wedding ring. Back on my finger. How easy was it to find? It was


pretty easy to find that we had to go through our procedures. We


managed to locate the item. The sun is out. It is not always like this.


Tell us about some of the conditions? We do underwater search,


where visibility is widely produced. Research at heights and use robes.


You need to have a bit of a head for heights. Also in the confined


area and water-borne operations on boats. How do you cope with those


conditions? We train barony, like we are doing today. We where the


appropriate equipment was dubbed Ashes thoroughly. Is there


something special about you guys? - - equipment. -- barony. We all love


our job. To do this sort of work you need full concentration all the


time and need to be disciplined in what you're doing. You need to be


fit as well. Thank you very much. Thank you for finding mine ring.


Back to Rav. If there is a needle in a haystack, they would find it.


Take a look at this CCTV. November last year in Carphone Warehouse in


Wandsworth in London. A man walks in, takes a good look around, he


takes a fancy to an iPad, grabs it and makes for the door. Do not let


him get away with it! Boots in Cosham, Hampshire, February of this


year. This is man is only in the store for a minute. He takes some


high-end products off the shelf and puts them in his bag. He got away


with over �1,000 worth of cosmetics. Some beauty regime! If you know him,


let us know. Next, August last year, and these two picked up at the


Milton Keynes branch of Ikea. The store is closed. These two tried to


cover up while they pull the CCTV off the wall. They give us the


great look at one of them. Next day, up more than 77 Grand was missing


from the safe. Ikea is offering a reward of up to �5,000 for


information leading up to rape conviction. If you recognise them,


give us a call. -- a conviction. If you have any information, give us a


You can e-mail us: Back to comment in Sussex. -- Colin. What about the


low level crimes that annoy all of us? Here it is being tackled by an


innovative approach. You organise street meetings. How do you go


about it? We put letters through doors of residents. We get them to


come down and speak to us. What are they concerned about? Normally the


low-level stuff like speeding, also parking problems. You have made a


complaint. What is it? There is a bridleway at the top of our road


which is by way. It is used by horse-riders, cyclists and


pedestrians. There is an ever- increasing number of motorcycles


and 4x4 vehicles. How will you do with it? We make sure we turn up at


times when it is happening. Tony is a satisfied customer. What have the


police than for you? A camper van appeared on the cricket field. We


said, have we think we have travellers moving into the airier.


They had moved around to the south side of the cricket field. Kelly


came and sorted it out. Smoothed out the ruffled feathers, wiped


away the tears and everyone was happy. This will become a crucial


part of policing in Sussex. I am joined by Chief Inspector Dick


Coates, the commander. Is it actually succeeding in cutting


crime? It is. Over the last five years crime has been reduced to a


year on year. There has been a 77% reduction this year alone. It has


to be along the lines of putting out bobbies on the beat and having


a high-profile presence. It is about listening to community


concerns and doing something pretty to allay those fears and those


issues. Of course there are lots of people calling on your time. Could


you raise false hopes? We could get in touch and have the street


meeting. We have to prioritise what we do, that is correct. We have


time to speak to people and listen to their concerns and put things


impact is a make things better for communities. It is about keeping


them safe and secure art in their environment. We are listening to


our community and doing what they want. This is against the


background of cuts. A number of forces are cutting back on


community initiatives. The chief constable has been clear that


neighbourhood policing is the bedrock of everything we do. We


need to get into communities and do what they want us to do. It is


about being face-to-face and not just whizzing past in patrol cars?


Let's get back into communities and find out what is going on and do


something positive. Thank you very much indeed. He says this is the


way forward, may be for the rest of the country as well. Just the quick


update of what has been coming in on the phones, texts and e-mails.


Some good information on one face. He is wanted on suspicion breaching


the sexual offences order. We are getting a lot of calls from viewers


who think they have been victims of scam ors. That is about it from me


today. What are you have to tomorrow? We have loads in the


programme tomorrow. They are going to the police headquarters in


Sussex at Louis. I will be with the anti-terrorist police at Gatwick


Airport. -- Lewes. Tomorrow we are under cover for some of the day.


Back to you, Rav. For more details about the crimes on today's


Rav Wilding in Cardiff and Dave Guest in Sussex appeal for help with unsolved cases. In this episode, Sussex police search for the hit-and-run driver who left a heavily pregnant woman in danger of losing her baby. The team visit the village of Alfriston in East Sussex to find out how the Sussex force respond to local people's concerns, and local reporter Colin Campbell joins the county's Specialist Search Unit as they dive in Shoreham Harbour.

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