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Tonight. Don't move, don't scream. The gang who burst into
neighbouring homes, terrorising two mothers and their children.
Sit down and shut up. There is to way to describe how scared you are
when you think somebody might do something to your kids. They bound
and threatened a heavily pregnant young mother before moving next
door, they attacked a 15-year-old with a machete as he tried to
defend his mum. Now it is your Hello, and welcome to Crimewatch.
We will have that unbelievable raid on a heavily pregnant woman and her
neighbours in just a moment. First a quick look at tonight's other
appeals. We are coming live from a studio packed with detectives, all
hoping that you can help solve their cases. Including the officer
leading the British review into the disappearance of Madeline McCann.
We will have the very latest on the hunt for Madeline, who on Thursday
will have been missing for five years.
Officers from Cambridgeshire are here too, they want to know who it
was that brutally murdered a retired farmer in an appalling
attack. It happened just a few days I think this is a burglary gone
wrong. This was a savage attack.
Hey, what are you doing in my house, this is my bedroom.
And Martin is back with more Wanted Faces.
Tonight we have people wanted for kidnap, rape and arson, as well as
incredible CCTV. This guy lost the plot because he didn't have the
right change for the bus. Officers also need your help to
track down the rapist who attacked a teenage girl in South-East London.
I just carried on walking, then I heard footsteps behind me.
J where are you going love? I felt scared and I had to do what he was
saying. Awful, and Matthew is here with the
chilling story of how the police caught a sadistic murderer. Sweeney
is thought to have murdered and dismembered at least two of his
girlfriends, hiding clues to crimes in his lurid art work. They
primarily depicted women being dismembered. There were references
to girlfriends of his. We ask ourself a simple question, what are
the chances of him having two girlfriend who is by accident are
killed by someone else. When you put together the art work and the
poetry we had, our conclusion was that he was obvious low the prime
suspect. And also tonight, the two raids on
museums in recent weeks, targeting incredibly rare and beautiful
Chinese art facts, they are worth millions. Can you name the suspects.
They were caught on CCTV. But we begin tonight with that
shocking raid on two neighbouring homes in the village of Wollerton
in Shropshire, it happened a month ago during the Easter holidays. I
should warn you that the gang responsible subjected the two
mothers and their children to truly appalling levels of violence.
Don't, I'm pregnant. We know you have a safe. Please don't hurt me.
Some nights when you close your eyes things come back.
Visions, images, mainly the knife. Nothing really feels real. This is
Wollerton, a small village in shrorpshire, and this country lane
leads to the secluded houses of two young families. But just before
Easter, their peaceful lives were shattered when a gang of armed men
burst into not just one, but both of their homes.
We moved into the house in 2009, six weeks after my first son was
born. We chose to move to this place it is nice and quiet and a
good place to bring up the kids. This is where we will bring the
second child up, who is due any day. For the family the morning of April
5th started like any other. husband got up and got ready and
went off to work as normal at 8.00am. Bye dad. But Victoria,
eight months pregnant, had no idea she was being watched.
I got myself and my son ready, we were going off round to my mother's,
we were just about ready to leave when the dog started barking. I
thought, maybe somebody at the door. Don't move! Don't scream. Please
don't hurt me, I'm pregnant. are they, mummy. It's all right, me
and mummy are playing a little game. Where is your money. I haven't got
any money. You have a safe, don't lie? They kept asking me for a safe.
And I haven't got a safe, but I was so scared that if they didn't find
a safe, they would hurt me, thinking there was one. It was
terrifying. You have got safe, don't lie. Tie her up. I was
thinking I'm carrying a baby and I have to keep calm, I could have
gone into labour. Sit down and shut up, hands behind your back, now,
closer! Have you got a phone? sat down and he actually put his
hands on my stomach to feel if there was anything in my pockets. I
have never felt so sick in all my life. There was actually a cheque
left on the side in the kitchen, when they looked at it they started
asking lots of questions about who I was. What's your name? Ratherham.
I I didn't understand why, it dawned on me that maybe they
weren't looking for Mo. We're out of here. But the men weren't going
far, having taken all of the phones, they left Victoria tied up in the
nursery and headed for the house next door.
Kathryn Burton's husband had already left for work. It was
school holidays, their teenage daughter and 11-month-old baby were
still in bed. Their 15-year-old son, Williamson, was in his room.
-- Will, was in his room. (knocking and banging on door) Open this door
now. I'm not joking. Get away. do it.
Police or ambulance. (screaming,) Get here now. Where's
the money. There's no money. I don't know what you are talking
about, there is no safe. There is no safe, don't lie. Terrified and
bleeding heavily, she was too dazed to take in what happened next, as
her son, Will, desperately tried to help her. Get back.
Get here. Get him. Where is the safe? I don't know.
Taking just mobile phones and two laptops, the gang drove off in the
family's Land Rover Discovery. Alerted by the attempts 999 call,
police arrived minutes after the attackers had fled. But it was too
late. The stolen Land Rover was found dumped 300ms down the road,
with its engine still running. Police think this is where the gang
swapped cars. This was a really vicious attack. Unusually, on two
families with very young children. It was a very nasty attack. As you
have seen, Kathryn was hit over the head with a machet year, her son
who came to her assistance was hit with the same machete, was sliced
down to the bone. You believe the premises were being watched?
have good grounds to believe. That on the night before and the morning.
We have witnesses coming forward talking of a silver saloon car in
the area, with up to four men in it, possibly a Volvo S40 model. We
believe that is the gettaway vehicle, it was the dumped 300ms
down the road. It is terrifying beyond belief, it is so scary you
don't realise what's happening until afterwards. It has clearly
had an effect on her, particularly for the first few days, she was
struggling to sleep, she's still quite anxious at home. Very jumpy
if she hears a noise. In my mind there is only one way to cope, that
is to not really believe it's happened F you think of it as a
nightmare, you wake up the next morning and you get on with your
life. And the only way I can deal, personally, with this situation, is
by making myself believe that it never really happened. You don't do
what they did to me and threaten a pregnant woman without having no
conscience at all. They didn't care. And then to think that they
actually went on to hurt a boy, and his mother. It is just horrendous.
There is just no way to describe how scared you are when you think
somebody might do something to one of your kids. Because you put your
life down to protect them, you really would.
Men with no conscience at all. DCI Alan Edwards from West Mercia
Police joins us now. You have some pretty good e-fits, take us through
them, would you? By releasing the e-fits tonight I'm making a strong
appeal to the criminal community to give these men up. The first two e
mits of of the same man. That is the person who has the -- e-fits is
of the same man, the person who has the machete, I believe he's in
charge of the group. The second one is the man with the bat during the
attack. They are pretty clear pictures. You are very interested
in this silver saloon car that we saw. Tell us more. The silver
saloon car was seen the night before and on the morning. I need
to find out where that car is. We are told it is possibly a Volvo S40,
maybe a 03 or 04 plated war. I need to know where that car is. You have
a map of the local area, point out the possibilities of where the
attackers went? They have gone out of the village and north towards
Ternhill. The main attacker had a Merseyside accent, I believe they
have gone towards Liverpool. saw that there, a truly harrowing
experience for these families, and their children. That gang clearly
needs to be caught before they do it again. If you can help I would
urge you to call us now. The number is below.
The first now of tonight's Wanted Faces. We start with 36-year-old
John Walker, he's wanted with conspiracy to supply cocaine and
the possession of two shotguns, he was convicted in his absence and
faces a sentence of 15 years. He also uses the name, James Head, has
a scar on his upper lip and his links to Spain and nor way.
Next is Jermaine Lewis, police want to speak to the 33-year-old over an
assault, during which a woman was pistol-whipped, he also uses the
name Quincey and Miller, and Brown, he has a gold tooth, scars on his
face and left hand. You can't see it on the photo, his left ear is
disfigured. He has connections across London and is thought to be
dangerous. If you see him or know where he is, call 999 immediately
This is Carl Ronald Brace, the 43- year-old is wanted after being
found with 10,000 ecstacy tablets in a car park, he failed to turn up
at court and was convicted in his absence, and sentenced to four
years in prison. He has links in London but detectives think he
could be in Spain. For now we have 29-year-old Wayne
Jackson. Police want to speak to him about a few things, including
absconding from prison and five burglaries. Jackson who has a
Liverpudlian accent and the name L- E-A-H tattooed on his arm, has
connectioned with Manchester. All of the faces are on the website.
Get in touch on the addresses and numbers below.
Just a few days before Christmas, the body of 76-year-old Llywelyn
Thomas was found at his home in Chittering in Cambridgeshire. The
retired farmer had suffered a sustained and brutal attack at the
hands of intruders. Tonight police need your help to find his killers.
I was approaching the house, and I saw lots of blue flashing lights.
As I got closer still I saw there was lots of tape around the house.
I knew something dreadful had Get off me, get off me.
Get out. What are you doing? No! 13 years
ago, 76-year-old Llywelyn Thomas moved from South Wales to
Chittering, here in rural Cambridgeshire. After a lifetime of
hard work, the retired farmer wanted to spend more time with his
son Richard, but on the 17th of December last year, Llywelyn was
brutally murdered in his own home, in what police believe was a
burglary gone horribly wrong. My father was always smiling. If
you met him in a room full of people, you wouldn't necessarily
mark him out as being excessively loud or chatty or anything, but the
extraordinary thing was, he was always someone that you remembered.
He was a happy man. Yes, he was my father, but I would
have chosen him as my friend. But we spent so much time and had so
many shared interests. Llywelyn spent the afternoon of
Saturday 17th of December at home, while his son, Richard, attempted
to repair his car. I got this last Christmas!
Later that evening, Llywelyn settled in front of the television,
Richard left the house at around 7.00pm. Right dad, I'm off now,
hope your numbers come up. See you tomorrow then.
At 7.50pm, Llywelyn received a telephone call from a friend.
it's you. The call ended at 9.24pm.
That was to be the last time anyone heard from him. We don't know
exactly what happened next, but police think the intruders arrived
at the property some time after that phone call ended. The house is
situated beside the A10 and is difficult to reach on foot, it is
likely the intruders arrived by car. Detectives which the robbers may
have knocked on the door before blagging their way into the house.
Can I help you? Sorry to bother you, our car has overheetd, we need
water for the radiator. It is a bit late. Where is the kitchen. It is
over there, don't take too long, all right.
Once in -- once inside one of the intruders might have distracted
Llywelyn while the other one went through the house. What is certain
is he suffered a vicious attack in his own bedroom. What are you doing
in here! Get off me you stupid old fool.
What are you doing in here. Ahhh, no.
He was kicked, punched and beaten round the head with a blunt object.
It was a grattuous violent a sault on a defenceless old man. --
assault on a defenceless old man. The killers then stole his car. He
couldn't have chosen a worse gettaway war. The car was stuck in
second gear and made a noise and couldn't go above 30 miles an hour.
They headed south along the A10 towards Milton. Traffic soon began
to build up behind the slow-moving car. At around 10.15pm, a witness
reported seeing at least two vehicles overtaking the Rover.
The car turned off at the A10 towards Milton, where it was
abandoned in Church Lane, some time between 10.15-1.30pm.
It wasn't until a neighbour noticed Llywelyn's door open that they
called the police and the body was discovered. Police believe the
killers may not have set out to commit murder. This is a burglary
that has gone wrong. I believe that Llywelyn probably disturbed the
burglars upstairs in his house, rumaging through his property, or
indeed he was dragged upstairs by the burglars to search his property.
This was the room where he was found. And the levels of violence
here were horrific, weren't they? This was a savage attack upon
Llywelyn. We think he would have been punched in the face, he would
have been struck around the back of the head with a poker or a crowbar,
causing a large fracture. It is almost beyond belief. It is
unbelievable that anybody would use this level of violence towards an
elderly gentleman. Whoever is close to these people
should see what their son, their daughter, their father, their
brother, their friend has done. Because they may have done it
before, they may do it again, and if neither of those is true then
they just need to see what they have done to one gentle old boy.
What a tragedy. DCI George Barr is with us. Mr Thomas was hit many
times, very violently you think with a blunt object, you think this
might be the very thing. We think Llywelyn was struck with a crowbar
or poke, similar to the one you have in your hand. It is missing
from the property and has not been recovered. What else was taken?
Three watches were taken, a Tag Heuer watch a reproduction
Breitling, and a Seiko Bellmatic watch. There is also a small coin
collection missing, I would be interested to hear from anybody who
has been offered those items for sale. Do you think in terms of
witnesses anyone might have seen the gang arrive or leave? That is
possible. We believe Mr Thomas was killed between 9.15 and 10.25pm on
the 17th of December. That was the week before Christmas, the road
would have been busy on that particular night. We think the
offenders would have arrived by car and left. If anyone saw a vehicle
at the property on that night arriving for leaving, please get in
touch with us. You could maybe do with more details on the Rover 75.
You have recovered it, but you need more information surrounding it?
The silver Rover 75, and had a mechanical problem, and couldn't
drive more than 30 miles an hour. The vehicle was seen going towards
Milton, cars were backed up by that vehicle. At least two vehicles
overtook that vehicle, I would be interested to hear from the
motorists driving that night. should tell people there is also a
substantial reward of �50,000 connected to this crime. A terrible
end for a man quietly enjoying his retirement. We urgently need your
help on this case, you saw the amount of violence used. Speak to
George and his colleagues here directly on the number below. Now
it is time for the latest news on some of our previous appeals.
We start with an excellent result in a case we featured in December
2010, 53-year-old Julian Gardner was killed after disturbing a gang
of thieves who had broken into his Sussex farm in October of that year.
Last month seven men from Kent were jailed for a total of 45 years,
after being found guilty of a number of offences in connection
with Mr Gardner's death. Four were convicted of his manslaughter, six
with conspiracy to commit burglary, all seven were found guilty of
conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.
Next news of a case we appealed about in November 2010, 63-year-old
former bookmaker, Don Banfield, went missing from his west London
home in 2001. Despite not finding a body, police were convinced he had
been murdered. Last month his wife, 64-year-old Shirley Banfield, and
his 40-year-old daughter, Lynette, were convicted of his murder. It
was revealed they continued to withdraw his pensions after he was
killed, both were sentenced to life in prison. You may remember this
face from our last programme, he's 26-year-old Kirk Bradley, one of
two men sprung from a prison van in Manchester last July, while on
trial for running a dangerous underworld gang in Liverpool. Days
after our appeal he was arrested by armed police in Amsterdam. Once
back in the UK he face as life sentence, having been convicted --
he faces a life sentence, having been convicted in his absence. An
update from the last programme, we had officers investigating a murder
in Northern Ireland. During the evening they received information
from viewers about a separate murder featured in 2006. That of
73-year-old Norman Moffat, stabbed as he returned from buying his
morning paper in Coleraine in January 2001. Subsequently a man
has been arrested and charged with Mr Mofatt's murder. We will keep
you updated. This is Barrie Williamson, a
prolific burglar, on the Wanted Faces board, after a call to the
police he was arrested and convicted of four burglaries, 39
other offences were taken into consideration. He was sentenced to
seven years in prison. All because that have single vital call.
Time now for new CCTV, starting with a nasty Valentine's Day attack,
there is no love lost here! It's about 1.45am, there is a man in a
white T-shirt and dark top walks across the Bath city centre, he
meets a man and the two appear to argue, the man in white jabbing the
other in a chest, the pair are joined by two other men, the
incident escalates, as the CCTV operator moves in, the man in white
grabs the victim, with his hands in his pockets, round the face, before
punching him. The blow knocked the victim out, and the fall caused a
serious wound to the back of his head. The attacker grabs his arm,
appearing to try to revive him. The man in white hangs around but runs
when security guards turn up. The police want to trace this man, who
was at a local night club. If you know this man, call us tonight.
We are inside a bookies during the early hours of the Monday morning
following the Grand National. The calm and glass is shattered when a
stolen car is reversed straight through the shop front. Three men,
one wielding a crowbar rush in and have a quick look around. They
clearly thought they were odds on for a big payout, but didn't bet on
the shop security system being so sophisticated. They left
emptyhanded. Take a look at the photo finish and become the
bookies' favourite, tell us who they are.
A Friday morning last October at this scrap metal dealers in
Aldershot. A dark green Vauxhall Vectra pulls into the yard behind a
van carrying a load of scrap. A man wearing a balaclava and carrying
what looks like a shotgun, jumps out and runs up to the office. He
shufs a gun into the face of the terrified female cash sheer, she's
forced to hand over the cash box with �25,000. She make as sharp get
away in the car. You can't see his face, but somebody knows who this
gun wielding robber is, use your metal and name him tonight.
More CCTV later, don't forget everything you have seen is on the
website. The teenager raped as she made her way to meet a friend in
the London suburb of Chislehurst is still to come. Knowing he's still
out there is quite scary. It doesn't -- it means he doesn't
think about consequences and how people feel. The fascinating story
of how a killer's art work revealed his obsession with extreme violence.
You draws he draws axes in his art work, the victim sees the act and
is terrorised by it. Those tremenduously rather Chinese
art facts stolen in museum raids. Can you help recover the items and
catch the thieves responsible. Before that, let's interrupt Alan,
hunting the gang that attacked a pregnant woman and neighbours. As
soon as the film stopped the calls are starting. One of the calls I'm
interested is linked offences, we have a police officer coming in
talking about similar offences in the north of England. I'm really
interested in that and moving along at this time. You have e-fits, the
car you were asking for information about, anything on that? We have
had sightings of similar cars, we are chasing those up at the moment.
Again, I must reiterate, I need the criminal community to come forward
and give me those names. This Thursday it will be five years
to the day since Madeline McCann went missing, as I'm sure you know.
She was nearly four when she disappeared from the Portuguese
parliamentary party where she was on holiday with her familiar --
apartment where she was on holiday with her family.
The Metropolitan Police began a review of the case that happened in
May last year. Detective Chief Inspector Andy Redwood is leading
the inquiry. I know your time is precious, you have a lot of work to
do. Can you remind us where the investigation is right now? We are
currently compiling information from three sources, Portuguese and
UK law enforcements and private investigations, some 4,000 parts.
My Portuguese counterparts and I agree that Madeline McCann was
taken as part of a criminal act, and there is hope she is still
alive. That picture of Madeline is seared into the public
consciousness, but you have done something significant, giving us an
indication of what Madeline would look like now, tell us more.
Carefully prepared collaberatively with the parents by a UK expert,
this is Madeline as nine years old. Look carefully at this image, if
you know where Madeline McCann is, or have information about what has
happened to her, make the call this evening. We have a lot of people
watching, anybody in particular you are appealing to tonight? Yes, if
you were in Praia da Luz, particularly around the area of the
Ocean Club Mark Warner facilities, in April and May 2007, in residence
or on holiday and you haven't spoken to the police before, or you
think you have any information you think will drive the review on,
please make the call. No matter how small that might be. Next week
Madeline should have been celebrating her ninth birthday, she
should have been doing that with her family. If you have any
information to help the team find out what has happened to Madeline,
call the number. You can call the special incident room or the normal
number. If you are abroad, and you need to call in, it is the number
below. Time now for more Wanted Faces.
First is Kurt Quinn, police want to speak to him in connection with an
arson attack on his former employer's farm last year. An
elderly woman was asleep inside the house when a barn attached to it
was set alight. 42-year-old Quinn has links to Stockport, but may
well have moved out of the area. Next is Rasol Zana Mohammed, but he
goes by a number of other names, including Hazem Abdullah and Daman
Ibrahimi. Detectives want to speak to the 28-
year-old about a rape which happened in Telford in December
2003. Mohammed has links to Wolverhampton, Kent and Yorkshire.
James William Mullane, police want to speak to the 50-year-old in
connection with the supply of cannabis, with a street value of
more than �200,000. Mullane, who is also known to use the first name
Simon, will go to great lengths to avoid being arrested and is known
to be violent. If you see him call 999 immediately, don't approach him.
Finally is Terrence James Cross, who also uses the name Terrence
Ugbomah. Officers want to speak to him about an incident which
happened in Manchester last April, during which a 16-year-old boy was
kidnapped and held against his will. 39-year-old Cross has links to
Salford but could be in Ireland. Call the numbers below.
We really need your help to catch the rapist who attacked a young
teenage girl in South-East London last July. She was on her way to
meet a friend. When she was grabbed by a stranger. You will hear the
victim and her mother describe what happened in this film. Their voices
have been changed to protect their I was just really scared and didn't
know what to do. It is always at the back of my mind
Late one night in July last year, two teenage girls arranged to meet
by this pond in the centre of the London suburb of Chislehurst, their
plan was to keep safe by walking home together. But in a terrible
turn of events, one of them would My mum took me shopping, bought me
a few tops and treated me to shoes and jeans, just felt like treating
me for the day. We had managed to spend lots of money. We had fun, we
had a God day, which actually tired me out -- a good day, which
actually tired me out. She had arranged to go to her friends, I
offered her a lift. She kissed me goodbye, and said she
would speak to me later. Have a great evening. Thank you very much
for earlier. Don't forget to text. She was looking forward to going
out and meeting up with her mates, she was specifically going to
babysit as well. After baby-sitting, I rang my other friend and decided
to go find them. I decided to take the quickest route, I was looking
around my surroundings, I saw a car parked.
I just carried on walking, I didn't think anything of it. I was walking
a bit further down the road, down the hill, and a man approached me
and asked me if I knew where Sundayridg e park, I told him I
didn't know where it was, exactly but I knew the 341 bus went there.
He said thanks, and he walked off the opposite direction. I carried
on walking towards Chislehurst. I just thought it was normal,
asking me for directions, just didn't think anything of it at the
time. My friend rang me to tell me she was by the pond in Chislehurst,
and that is where she wanted me to meet her. So I carried on walking,
I got quite far down, I looked to my left and saw the same car and
the same man looking in the boot, looking for something.
I just carried on walking, then I heard footsteps behind me. Where
are you going love. Going to meet my friends, see if her OK. Yeah,
get in the bushes. I felt quite scared and just that I
had to do what he was saying. He was quite like aggressive in how he
was saying things, then I just felt I had to go along with it.
attacker raped his young victim here, in this wooded area, just off
the main road. Afterwards, in a bizarre show of concern, he offered
to get money from his car, so she could have her clothes cleaned.
How old are you? 15. Look I'm sorry. Do you need some money. I've only
got a �50. I'll go and get some change for you. All right. I don't
need money. Shush. I didn't know what to do, I waited
there for a couple of minutes, I realised he didn't come back, so it
was my chance to go. And then I just ran down the road. There was a
car, because I saw it was women in there, I thought it would be OK,
then I found out it was my friend's mum, I felt really relieved, just
happy that she was there. If you have any idea who did this, you
need to pick up the phone. We have the offender's DNA profile, now we
need a name to match it to. Every day I think about it, 100-
times a day. I just broke my heart, because I
think this is no way to start her grown-up years. Shush. Knowing that
he's still out there is quite scary, and thinking about how it could
happen to other people. Because he's obvious low quite aggressive.
And doesn't really think about consequences, and how people feel.
DCI Wilkinson from the Met is with us. This young girl has been
through a lot. In spite of that she has given you an excellent
description of this man? We are looking for a male aged five foot 1
inches, in his 20s, hair blonde, medium length, and flicked at the
front and short at the sides. about what he was wearing, she gave
you a clear description on that? was wearing a dark-buttoned round-
neck top, beige chino trousers and beige shoes. He did this sort of
odd reaching out to her, offering her money to clean her clothes?
offered to give her �50, that is an unusual denomination of notes to
carry round. We think that could be a clue in finding out who this man
is, he offered to get change from his car. What about the car, I
think this is a pretty distinctive car she has given a description of.
She's sure it is a Chevrolet Cruz Saloon, she saw it at Woodknoll
Drive and then shortly before she was attacked in Prince Imperial
Road, in the junction between Wilderness Road. You said you have
the DNA? Yes, that means anybody will be eliminated from this
investigation. Come forward, a dreadful thing happened to this
young girl, you can help catch the man who did this. If you have been
a victim of crime call Victim Support on the line below.
More V-chip TV now We know how annoying it is not to
have the right change for the bus. This is taking things a bit too far.
It is a Friday morning in March, on board the number 29 bus in Camden
Road North London. A man in a red shirt and dark jacket gets on, but
he doesn't have the right fare. When he realises, the would-be
passenger becomes just a little angry. He starts a fight with the
safety screen and threatens the driver, before getting off. But
he's not done yet. He rips the bus's wing mirror off and gets back
on doord, slamming it against the screen, terrifying the driver. This
behaviour terminates here. Who is Mr Angry.
Inside a new agents in Buckinghamshire, on a Monday
afternoon last August. The shopkeeper is confronted by a man
with a stocking over his face, waving what looks like a handgun.
He might look the part, but this robber doesn't realise the tights
on his head are see through. He soon loses his nerve, fleeing
emptyhanded. Name this master of disguise tonight.
When it comes to sophisticated outfits, these bright sparks have
done a little better. They look like a gang of workmen going about
their normal business, but something's not right. This is the
Olympic site in Stratford in London last October, and it is the early
hours of the morning. And rather than working, these guys are
thieving. After using an angle grinder, they break into containers
full of valuable tools, and even nick a generator. Working together
to shift it, talk about Team GB. The cost of their early morning
crime spree totalled more than �14,000, make it a personal best
and name these Olympic meddlers tonight.
Remember all the CCTV stays on-line until they are caught.
Now to a case that we have featured several times on Crimewatch over
the years. Liverpudlian John Sweeney was a carpenter and artist,
working his way around Britain and Europe for decades. Take a closer
look at his paintings, which reveal a shocking truth, that he was also
a deranged killer, who murdered at least two of his girlfriends,
before dismembering their bodies. He likes to have power and control
over women. And the ultimate form of power and control is to take
their lives. All of the art works and poetry that he did, everything
seemed to centre around knives and axes. John Sweeney was a
controlling and violent man, who foreyears moved from one volatile
relation -- for years moved from one volatile relationship to
another. He murdered and mutilated women in more than one country,
dumping their bodies in canals. For years he got away with it. With
only his lurid art work providing a true picture of his terrible crimes.
In the 1980s, Sweeney was in a relationship with former American
model Melissa Halstead, they travelled all over Europe together
for many years. Melissa obviously loved Sweeney, it was reciprocated
by him. She was trying to establish herself as a fashion photographer,
because he lived some what a Bohemian lifestyle, a lot of women
would have been attracted to that, he was well travelled, you can see
why Melissa and other women would have been attracted to him.
Melissa soon fell in love with Sweeney, but it wasn't long before
his controlling and violent side was exposed.
There was certainly three occasions when he was convicted of assaulting
Melissa, and between 1987 and 1988, on each occasion that he was
actually convicted of assaulting Melissa, he would plead forgiveness
to her, she, unfortunately took him back.
Although she hardly spoke to her family in America, Melissa would
always call home on her mother's birthday. Hi mom, it is Melissa, I
called to wish you a happy birthday, have a great time and take care of
yourself. That answer phone message in 1989 would be the last time her
family ever heard from her. Then in 1990 a woman's body was
found in a canal in Rotterdam, the victim had been brutally killed,
and her head and feet removed. Making identification almost
impossible. The Dutch had obviously started an
investigation having found those remains in 1990, in Rotterdam. It
was as a result of inquiries that they did, trawling through missing
persons inquiries, their investigation came to a halt.
Within a couple of months of that investigation starting up, it was
wound down, and concluded, because they didn't have any lines of
inquiry. By then the one man who did know the identity of the victim
had moved back to London. Sweeney had begun a new
relationship with an Australian nurse, Delia Barma. And once again,
he soon became violent. Delia, yet again, I would have described her
as a vulnerable individual, he had actually attacked her in her home.
You women just lie all the time, I'm sick of it, do you hear me. I'm
sick of it. At the time he had actually threatened to kill her, it
was only through her screams that a neighbour heard and came to her
assistance. He's upstairs, he's trying to kill me.
Following the attack on Delia, they found a hold-all that contained
ropes and a knife and other items. Although Sweeney was arrested for
the attack on Delia, he was released on bail. Free again, he
hunted her down. You didn't expect to see me did you Delia.
The frenzied attack with an axe almost killed her, she was only
saved by a neighbour, who caught off Sweeney with a baseball bat,
knowing the game was up, he went on the run. He had inflicted that many
injuries on her, she had the tips of her fingers removed, and a
pubgtturd lung, and it is only luck she wasn't killed. I'm sure if she
was, she would have been another victim, for a better word. Delia
told us that he had confessed to her that he had killed an American
girlfriend of his by the name of Melissa. And that he had disposed
of the remains some time back in the early 1990s. Sweeney still
wanted for the brutal attack on Delia Barma, had, by 2001, been on
the run for eight years. But it was then, that two boys, fishing on the
Regent's Canal in London made a gruesome new discovery. It was
another body, just like the one in Rotterdam, had its head, arms and
legs se verd. The taurpaulen -- tarpaulin marks
the site where the police found human remains. The victim was Paula
Fields, a mother of three, originally from Liverpool. From an
early stage we thought we had the prime suspect for that prime, and
that suspect was John Sweeney. They both came from Liverpool and both
had a relationship. But they had different lifestyles and ultimately
Sweeney thought she was more of a nuisance than a help to him. Months
after the discovery of the body, Sweeney's eight years on the run
finally came to an end, he was arrested at a south London building
site and his violent and murderous past was soon unravelled by
detectives. When Sweeney was arrested, two loaded firearms were
recovered, along with a lot of artwork and poetry. They primarily
depicted women being dismembered. They were references to girlfriend
of his, in particular Delia and Melissa. There was one that
depicted that said "good night Vienna". We understand what that
means, there was another poem that said "poor Melissa, chopped her up
in bits, and feed to the fishes". The artwork is clearly
autobiograical, there are dates and places in the artwork, there are
weapons that he has used in the artwork as well as people he has
had a relationship with. I think some of the artwork also reveals
issues about other victim that is may be out there. Also look
particularly at the axe, he draws axes repeatedly in his artwork. It
is something about axes and knives, rather than guns, that he would
have access to. The victim would be touched by him holding the axe, the
victim would see it and be terrorised by it. At around this
time Dutch police re-opened the case of the body found in Rotterdam,
as part of a wider review of unsolved murders. When they tested
against Melissa's DNA, it was a perfect match. Officers were
convinced that Sweeney had to be responsible for killing both
Melissa and Paula. When you look at the circumstances
surrounding Melissa being found, and we are obviously then aware
that Paula Fields, who was also in a relationship with him, we ask
ourselves a simple question, what are the chances of him having two
girlfriends who are by accident killed by someone else. When you
put together the artwork and poetry we had, our conclusion was that he
was obviously the prime suspect. found torsos, but we have not found
the heads, the hands, the feet in some occasions. Clearly those body
parts held a greater psychological significance for Sweeney. He very
clearly disposed of those body parts, so they wouldn't be found.
It is a way of expressing his dominance, his control, his power
over those victims, even though they are dead.
Despite the circumstantial evidence of Sweeney having close
relationships with both women, and the lurid artwork, hinting at their
murders, Sweeney denied everything. No comment. During the trial, the
court was shown some of his macarbre artwork, the prosecution
were convinced it revealed Sweeney's true state of mind, and
disposed his demonic thirst for violence. It worked, the jury found
him guilty of killing Melissa and Paula. He will never be released.
It was a challenging investigation, when we didn't have the pro-verbal
smoking gun in terms of forensic issues. When you put together the
documentary artwork and poetry he had done, you could say in essence
that was a confession, and ultimately resulted in him being
convicted. He will never be released? No, he
was given a whole life sentence, the judge said the murders, the
mutilation, the fact that many of the body parts have never been
recovered, all added greatly to the distress of the families. He will
never get out, Sweeney will die in prison. I remember the night the
Dutch detectives came here to appeal. They came here, and the
next day Scotland Yard detectives went there to do an appeal. Despite
the murders being in different countries, they optd in the end for
one trial. That is unusual, prosecutors used a law from 1861,
from the Offences against the Persons Act, which allows the UK
national to be put on trial for murder anywhere in the world in
this country. That was crucial, they could say to the jury what are
the chances of a person's partner being murdered and dismeasured -
dismembered and that to happen him twice. They are searching for other
girlfriends and psychologists think it is highly likely as do the
police. Just over two weeks ago a gang
broke into Cambridge University's Fitzwilliam Museum, they stole
incredibly valuable Chinese antiquity, some dating back to the
14th century. Tonight detectives are urgently asking for your help
to recover them. This sounds like it was a very
well-planned burglary? Yes, the Fitzwilliam university museum in
Cambridge houses several major collections, some of these items
were amongst the finest. It is 7.30pm on Friday 13th of April, a
gang managed to force its way into the museum. Once inside they stole
a number of items from the glass cabinets and left within minutes.
I'm confident that this was targeted as the offenders clearly
knew what they were looking for. Take us through briefly some of
these very, very beautiful as well as valuable items? There were 18
items in total stolen. It is impossible to put an absolute value
in them, it runs into the millions. Some of the items stolen were from
the mink dynasty, six of them -- ming dynasty, six of them from
there. You have a carved horse, a green and brown elephant and a Jade
buffalo, these items may have already been offered for sale
internationally or may be in the UK. Look's look at the CCTV, what are
we looking at? Four males approaching the back of the museum,
around the time of the burglary. I'm confident that somebody knows
these people. I would ask them to contact us to identify them. Also
the van, briefly? The van was captured on CCTV in the lane at the
back of the museum, 7.30pm, the vehicle was stolen from London. I
would ask anybody who knows where it is now to get in touch with us.
People can take a closer look on the website.
Astonishingly only a few weeks before that, another similar
burglary took place, this time it was at Durham University, where
round about �2 million worth of Chinese art facts were stolen. The
thieves cut a hole in the wall to get in. Thankfully the stolen items
have already been recovered. Durham Police are not linking the raid to
the one at the Fitzwilliam Museum, they have released an image of the
man they want to trace in connection with the Durham theft.
He's Justin Oliver Clarke, believed to be in the West Midlands area. If
you can help call on the number. Now it is last quick update on what
has come in on the phones. We have had some excellent
information come through, let's start with the violent attack in
Wollerton in Shropshire, 30 calls coming through, excellent
information on the silver Volvo, detectives want to pin things down
to the e-fits. In Bath the violent attack, we have names, we need the
man in the photograph to get in contact. That is all we have time
for, don't forget that awful tonight's reconstructions and
wanted faces and CCTV stay on-line until they are caught. The phone
Detectives from across the UK appeal for help in solving some of the UK's biggest cases. They want to know who killed a retired farmer in a botched Cambridgeshire robbery, and whether you can help reunite half a million pounds' worth of stolen Asian wedding gold with its rightful owners. Plus, the inside story of how police caught the murderer John Sweeney, whose lurid artwork contained hidden clues to his shocking crimes.