Jeremy Vine and Tina Daheley present an episode tackling crime on the roads, exploring the devastating impact of dangerous driving. Plus there are the latest appeals.
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Tonight: the disabled former boxer, carjacked.
The family man fatally attacked in a fit of road rage.
And, the attempted murder of a police officer.
Everything slowed down. Thinking, that's it, you've got minutes to
live. Live for the next hour,
this is Crimewatch. Good evening, and welcome to
Crimewatch. Tonight we are investigating crime on our roads.
So we've brought our Mobile Incident Unit
to the Millbrook Proving Ground in Bedfordshire.
It's where vehicles are put through their paces and subjected
to all manner of safety and capability checks on the 70
It's also used as a location for film shoots, including
the record-breaking Aston Martin car roll stunt in Casino Royale.
But, no matter how safe our cars have become, over 90% of accidents
Many of these crashes result in serious injury and death
New legislation has just come in to force doubling the penalties
for drivers using their phones at the wheel.
So later, we'll be putting Jeremy to the test to show just how
dangerous texting whilst driving is.
But we begin with a crime which, though a serious problem in many
countries, is still relatively rare in the UK.
Carjacking is the violent theft of a vehicle from its owner.
It's dangerous and terrifying for any victim.
Hard to believe, then, that a couple of weeks ago someone
would attempt to do this to disabled former boxer Michael Watson.
Former boxer Michael Watson is no stranger to adversity.
He made headlines in 1989 when, at the height of his career, he won
by knockout against Commonwealth champion Nigel Benn.
The underdog has won, and he's done it in style!
But just two years later, a fight against Chris
Michael sustained a serious brain injury, which required six
operations and ended his boxing career.
My biggest fight was the fight of survival.
Over the following 26 years, Michael made an extraordinary recovery.
Despite limited movement on his left side, he went on to become
But, less than three weeks ago, Michael's safety was back
in the balance, when he became the target of a terrifying attack.
That day, Michael was with his lifelong friend
I grew up with Michael from the age of about 14,
and I've always been close friends with him.
I regard him as more than just a friend to me.
We went to a restaurant, had a little meal, took a light walk,
As they were driving, a white Mercedes pulled up behind them.
We were just waiting in the traffic, and I just felt a little bang
The driver sprayed ammonia into Lennard's eyes.
Then both men attacked him and beat him to the ground.
I landed on my knees, and I was still swinging,
and they were just squirting more at me, kicking at me.
One attacker leapt into the car where Michael was waiting,
That's when I tried to escape out the car.
The seat belt was still tangled round my shoulders
I couldn't believe this was actually happening.
It felt like my skin was peeling off.
Lennard watched, helpless, as Michael was dragged several
hundred meters along the road, before the driver stopped and fled.
We got a message back saying that he's in
The relief that just run down me, and the happiness that
run back up, you know, is, it was unbelievable.
Amazingly, Michael escaped without major injury.
No bones were broken, thank God, especially that my
I just came through with bumps and grazes.
Somebody that does something like this has no respect for humanity.
Well, we can speak to the lead officer on this case now.
Superintendent Paul Clements, thank you very much for joining us.
It is a shocking attack, in broad daylight, on a busy road, in Waltham
Forest, a safe borrow. Michael and Lennard are still shaken and they
have significant physical injuries and emotional from the trauma as
well, that will take time to heal. You have heard from some witnesses,
I know. But you are appealing for more? That's right. I would like to
hear from anybody who was in the area of the Ridgeway in Chingford on
the 16th of February at around 5pm, that's just a couple of weeks ago.
The men squirted Michael and Lennard in the face with what we believe is
only. I am dismayed at this level of violence and cowardice -- is only. I
would like to say thank you and paste a short tribute to Michael and
Leonard, who are reliving this now for the purpose of this appeal --
they were sprayed with ammonia. You can see this white Mercedes, which
originally was in front of Michael's distinctive Golf, it is a blue Golf
with silver wing mirrors. On this particular shot, it is behind
Michael's Golf. We would like to hear from the occupants of that car.
It's a White C or E Class Mercedes with tinted windows.
If you can help in any way, I would really urge
Calls are free from landlines and mobile phones.
Tonight's roundup of criminals caught on camera now beginning
with the disturbing stabbing of a have-a-go hero.
These two friends or in a shop in Bournemouth late on a Sunday night.
An argument breaks out with the shopkeeper when they tried to buy
alcohol. They are not happy, but eventually they leave. Once outside,
though, things turned nasty. One produces a knife and threatens the
shopkeeper. A passer-by steps in and tries to disarm the knifeman. The
blade. The floor, and is picked up by the other friend, who, moments
later, stabs the innocent have a go hero in the back. He has been
sentenced to six years in prison, and the victim has made a full
recovery. But he'll is his accomplice? Police need his name
tonight. -- who is his accomplice. Look carefully at the top left of
your screen. A motorbike is idling in the road in Peckham, south
London. But what are they waiting for? Another camera reveals all. The
robber in the high viz jacket calmly walks across the road. And then
strikes. Rugby tackling a security guard as he leaves a post office
with the takings. His friend on the bike is ready, and they ride off at
speed with the cash box, leaving the security guard lying in the road.
They fled with over three in cash, a stolen bike was later found
abandoned. They may have hidden their identities, but somebody knows
who these bandit bikers. A garage forecourt in Barnsley, and a lorry
driver is making a delivery. But he is being watched very closely. As he
goes inside, the thieves strike, taking cigarettes from the back of
the lorry. Look at the top of your screen. The delivery driver spots
them in their car and confronts them. And as he climbs into take
back the loot, they speed off, leaving him hanging out of the door.
They make their getaway with the petrified worker still hanging on.
He finally escaped when the car stopped in a side street. But with
him stranded, the thieves see another opportunity, returning to
the garage and stealing yet more cigarettes. Who is the callous
driver? Police need a name tonight. This man bought a district line
train on the London underground on Wednesday evening. -- he boards the
train. He takes a seat and talks to the people around him. Suddenly,
without warning, he jumps up and punches and unsuspecting stranger in
the face, breaking his jaw. Take a close look at him, who is he?
It's well after last orders, and this pub in a small fishing village
in Devon. So what are these men up to? As the landlord and his family
sleep upstairs, the thieves make their way through the rooms
downstairs. They don't seem to be in any rush, though. Going from room to
room, before helping themselves. Police say almost ?4000 in cash was
taken from the pub, and an adjoining small post office. It has left a
family business devastated. Names please.
Call on the usual Crimewatch number,
08085 600 600, if you can name anyone we've just shown.
Type CRIME, space, and then your message.
Texts will be charged at your standard message rate.
And remember, you can follow all of the developments
during the programme on our live updates web page.
Last week, new legislation came into force doubling the penalties
for drivers caught using a phone at the wheel to six
The new tougher punishments are aimed at reducing the numbers
of fatalities and serious injuries caused by drivers
So we've taken a look at the devastating impact this
and other road crimes can have on people's lives.
Cutting-edge technology means the cars we drive are now
But it seems our behaviour behind the wheel hasn't kept up.
In fact, road crime has gone up a gear.
For the first time in years, parts of the UK have seen incidents
Cases of hit-and-run involving casualties have risen.
And CCTV and dashcams regularly capture the rage of road
So, what's going on with Britain's drivers?
One of the remarkable things about the psychology of driving
is that law-abiding people, who would never consider breaking
the law in any other area, will break the law
In fact, a recent police crackdown caught almost 8000 of us
Research shows that younger drivers are most likely
to text while driving, so we spoke to some students
I'm definitely not a danger on the road.
What they don't realise is that watching them
Last year, her life changed following a crash caused
I've been in a vehicle where people are on their phone,
maybe they are driving and they just quickly check a text.
It's almost like it's not scary, because they are in control.
I have Bluetooth, so I only really use it to change a song.
Kate decides it's time to tell them what happened to her family.
They were coming back from a holiday.
This picture was taken on the way home.
Kate's daughter Aimee was travelling with family members Tracey Houghton
Whilst they were waiting in a line of traffic, a lorry driver,
who was using his phone to play music as you were just saying,
He was so focussed on his phone that he didn't see
He was doing 50 mph, and they were killed instantly.
Footage taken from the lorry caught the distracted driver
People don't really think that skipping the next song can
It can completely change someone's life.
That's heartbreaking to hear, and you don't think about it
You don't think you could injure or kill someone.
Before this happened, I used my phone.
Such a simple thing, just don't look at your phone.
And the Government is listening to people like Kate,
with new tougher penalties implemented just last week.
Officers from the Road Crime Team at Staffordshire Police confront
From the 1st of March this year, it's a ?200 fine and six
And the option for an educational course is being removed.
It shows that the Government is proactively targeting the offence
and telling people how serious the offence is.
It's not long before they catch someone in the act.
I've come along and seen a phone in her left hand,
and she's talking either talking to herself or somebody on the phone.
Do you want to pull in somewhere safe for me?
You need your phone on a handfree-type thing
Maybe something that is linked into your speakers.
There is no point just increasing the penalty, people have to
understand why it has been increased and they have to want to change
their behaviour. Dr Chapman uses a simulator
at the University of Nottingham to study just how dangerous
distractions at the wheel can be. The kind of thing you can spot
really easily in the simulator is where people's attention
is while they are driving. You can monitor their eye
movements, you can measure You can see just how long
they are doing something else, how hard their brain in is working
on the other tasks they are doing The problem is if they look away
and look back two seconds later, the whole road situation
could have changed. In the real world, it's a constant
issue for the police. People aren't concentrating
on their driving - they're on their phones,
updating Facebook, paying bills, It just becomes an extension
of people now, mobile phones, and that's being transferred
into the driving seat, They should be definitely
kept separate. We followed you for
quite a distance. You're holding the mobile phone
in your hand, so would you have done But it isn't just distraction
that can make people One of the surprises of being
in a car is the degree of anonymity. You think you can do stuff
you wouldn't do in normal life. One of the surprises from research
is that normally mild-mannered people are prepared to be
aggressive behind the wheel. Everyday issues can quickly
become serious incidents. The driver of this car swerved
to avoid these pedestrians as they crossed the road
in Scunthorpe last year. A heated discussion followed
but instead of driving off, he reversed and then purposely lined
up his car to drive They were left with
life-changing injuries. The driver, Mohammed Abdullah,
has since been convicted of GBH and sentenced
to six years imprisonment. In a road-rage situation,
the perpetrator has got so involved in the driving situation that
they've lost all perspective. Unfortunately, they are
using two tonnes of metal But even when collisions
are accidental, it seems that some Police believe that the driver
of this dark car lost control before crashing into a 17-year-old girl,
then drove off without stopping, leaving her
with serious head injuries. The law requires you to stop
if you've been involved in a road accident, however most people
are not really aware of that. At the time of a road
accident, that's not They're terrified, they want this
not to have happened. They want to get away
from the situation. Police are appealling for anyone
with information to come forward. And unfortunately, such
crimes aren't rare. In London alone, there were almost
5000 hit-and-run casualties in 2015. Last year, Chanelle Higgins' life
was changed beyond recognition when she headed home from a night
out in South London. Shocking CCTV footage
captured what happened. A grey BMW mounted the curb,
sped along the pavement and knocked The last thing I remember
was going in the ambulance and screaming about my legs hurting,
my legs hurting, and trying to reach for my legs,
and then blacking out, and waking up in a hospital bed
with all tubes in my mouth, my neck, my nose, and they told me that
I was paralysed and I had very If I'm honest, I just wanted
to die there and then. I couldn't imagine myself
without my legs and hands. And being confined to a wheelchair
the rest of my life was just it was heartbreaking,
especially as I have two kids. Police are still working to bring
the driver to justice. If he had stopped and to check
on me and my friend, a bit more respect for him,
but as he didn't, There's a real paradox
at the heart of modern driving. Cars are getting safer all the time,
but we still have crashes at similar levels, and of course that's
because of the driver. And with the human cost of road
crimes so high, this is something Well, with me now is Kate Goldsmith,
as we saw in our film. Along with the Assistant Chief
Constable of the local Tri-Force Area - Simon Hawkins
and the AA's Edmund King. Of course it must be
incredibly difficult to talk about what happened to Aimee
but you are determined to change this culture
of using phones at the wheel? I am. It is just the heartbreak that
my family are going through. There has to be some good that comes out
of this, we have to change the way people behave in their cars. They're
distracting paraphernalia around them. We mentioned increased
penalties but you have to catch them and police are catching fewer than
they did a few years ago. We have got our challenges but we have to
protect the public and we will pursue people who use their phones
on the road. Have you got the manpower to do that? We will look at
things we can do, we encourage the public to use a dash cam and we will
use every opportunity we can to make sure we stop people using their
phones. The AA has put together an advert which compares the texting
driver with the drunk driver and suggests the texting driver is maybe
even more dangerous. It is quite shocking really but the facts show
that if you are texting and driving you are twice as likely to have a
crush as you are drink-driving, and the advert says you wouldn't
drink-drive, don't text and drive so it's basically playing on those 20
years or so of good drink-drive adverts that have changed attitudes
and made drink-driving socially unacceptable. We need to do the same
with texting and driving because it kills. So education is the thing for
you? Combined with enforcement and the new penalties, I think the six
penalty points, particularly for new drivers means they will lose their
licence and have to retake their test so I think it's a combination.
If you look at drink-driving and seat belts, all of the campaigns
have had the real opponents and you need three elements to change
attitudes. Kate, what is the answer? Quite frankly I think we should all
be taking responsibility as drivers for our own actions, I don't think
we should be relying on the police to stop us if we break the law, we
need to stop doing it. Don't use your phone when you are driving a
vehicle, simple as that. Simon, if a member of the public takes a picture
of another driver on their phone, can you make use of that? Shouldn't
they send it to you? Definitely. There are ways we can use that
information and we can prosecute. So people should start taking pictures
of each other? It is something we have done and we are starting to do
now. It seems desperate, it is running away from you, isn't it? We
are trying to re-educate people that mobile phone use is not acceptable
and will take time but we will protect the public, that is what we
are here for. Maybe the problem is people having phones in the car at
all. Once you are in the car the best advice is to turn the phone
off, put it into the glove compartment, and then you get rid of
the risk, the temptation of the text or tweet. Thank you for joining us
today. Now police, are appealing
for witnesses to both of the hit and run cases we featured
in our film. The first took place
on 28th January at 6.30pm on Bromsgrove Street,
Birmingham. They believe that the car
is a BMW with a defective Officers are appealing
for the driver to come forward and for anyone with information
to call in. Detectives on the Chanelle Higgins
case are with us tonight. They are looking for anyone
with information on who was driving this grey BMW at 4.30am on Sunday
29th May close to Scandals nightclub Please get in touch if you have any
information on either case. Plus, it's worth knowing that
victims of any crime can The urgent hunt for the gunmen
who used an AK47 to try I felt something hit me, I looked
down and saw the bone was hanging out of my arm. I didn't feel any
pain but I ran for cover. Wanted faces first,
starting with 35-year-old He was arrested by detectives
investigating a robbery at a jewellers, where a quarter
of a million pounds' worth He was released on police
bail but didn't return Porter has numerous tattoos,
including female figures He has friends and family in
Lincolnshire and the West Midlands. This is Lisa Hauxwell, formerly
known as Craig John Hauxwell. She was sentenced to 14 years
for two counts of rape and seven charges of indecent assault
against teenage girls, but didn't turn up in court
for sentencing and is now The 48-year-old could possibly be
living as a man as this She has links to County Durham,
Leeds, Darlington and Dronfield in Derbyshire and speaks
with a stutter. Face number three is
David Kernaghan, although he also uses the surnames Burton,
Connell, Leat, Lomax and Sackburn. He's wanted for questioning
in connection to a robbery in which a 90-year-old woman
was attacked in her home and The 50-year-old has friends
and family in North London Finally for now is this
man, Geoffrey Bonsu. Detectives in Essex think he may
have vital information Bonsu is 34 years old and originally
from Ghana but now has If you know where any of tonight's
faces might be, please do get Calls are free from landlines
and mobiles and we'll go through the rest of the line up
a little later. The peace process in
Northern Ireland has brought about a reduction in violence
and the increasing normalisation Changes which make the cold blooded
shooting of an officer in Belfast just a few weeks ago
all the more disturbing. Incredibly, he survived,
despite being hit several times Tonight, for the first time,
we can show CCTV of the incident and hear exclusively
from the injured officer. To protect his identity,
his words are spoken by an actor. You go through a whole
range of emotions. Thinking, that's it,
you've got minutes to live. It sounds cliched, but it was just
the thought of helping people. You build a rapport, and they do end
up knowing you by name. That night, I'd been showing
a new officer around, seeing where certain things
were and just getting We'd been to a few calls,
but they weren't anything While the officers patrolled,
CCTV captured a red Audi A4 estate At around 7pm, it was seen
again on Flax Street, We'd been out for a few hours,
and we decided to get a cup The officers pulled up
in an unmarked car. Across the street, in a disused car
park, they were being watched. I realised that I didn't know
how my colleague took his coffee. The gunman opened fire,
spraying the petrol station I looked down, and saw the bone
was hanging out of my arm. I didn't feel any pain,
but I ran for cover. I thought I was going
to die on that forecourt. The red Audi was later found
abandoned in the Andersonstown I've kind of dealt with
the physical side of things. The mental side
of things haven't really hit me yet, There will be a time when it
hits me, definitely. I'm joined by Detective
Superintendent Kevin Geddes from the Police Service
of Northern Ireland, who's Kevin, what do we know
about who carried out this attack? That attack was carried out by a
group who call themselves the New IRA. They are small in numbers, but
they are dangerous. They have absolutely no community support, and
in this particular attack there are at least as bike individuals
involved. -- two individuals. The public are seeing this CCTV for the
first time tonight. You can see the police officer running across the
court as the bullets rein in. You can see from the CCTV and number of
people filling up their cars with petrol, very reckless. It is
incredible he survived and nobody is was hurt. A very powerful weapon was
used. What can you tell us about the gun was yellow it was an AK-47 type
of gun, similar to the one on the screen. We know this weapon has been
used at least once previously to attack police in Belfast.
Remind us of the timings, particularly of the red Audi?
The Audi car was in the Ardoyne area of north Belfast at around about
5:30pm on the Sunday. At 7pm and parks in Flax Street. After the
shooting, it is used to drive the gunman away and is burned out in
West well fast in Caldwell Gardens. We've got a picture of the burnt out
Audi now. It is a red Audi estate car, 15
years old. It only had one headlight at the time. Also in relation to
this I can tell you there was a box of matches found behind the car.
These matches are very unique, they are only sold in one garage,
Maguires garage in the Falls Road. I believe that somebody bought those
matches along with filling up a can of petrol. How was the offers are
doing now? The officer is doing well. It's important to remember
that this is not just an attack on a uniform, it is an attack on a
person. Thank you, Kevin. Please do call now if you have any
information which could help. The usual Crimewatch number
again is 08-085 600 600. Or you can call Crimestoppers
anonymously about any So, still to come tonight: The hunt
for a road rage killer. Is he flashing you? What his
problem? He's not going to get anywhere, is he?
But first, we've more cases the police need your help to crack.
Starting with an urgent appeal from detectives in Cleveland
investigating the rape of woman on Friday. She was with her toddler on
the seafront in Redcar when she was forced into a dark coloured saloon
car. The mother and toddler were forced out of the car almost six
hours later. Detectives say the first suspect who was driving the
mail was a -- driving the car was a white male with short brown hair
with the words love tattooed across his knuckles. The second suspect is
also white, in his early 20s, around five foot five and had a local
accent. If you have information, please get in touch using the
numbers on the screen. Next, the murder of
Ricardo Hunter, also known as Forty, at a pool party
in Surrey last year. He was one of around 400
guests at the house party in Headley near Epsom,
overnight on the 24th of July. Detectives need your help to piece
together exactly what happened to Ricardo that night,
that resulted in him being shot That shot also injured a female
party-goer in the leg. Tonight, detectives
are releasing this CCTV It shows a man, who police
believe to be Ricardo, Police want to stress they are just
witnesses, but they'd like to speak to them,
or anyone who knows There is a reward of up to ?10,000
for information which leads directly to the arrest and conviction
of those responsible remains were found dumped by the M54
in Telford had suffered a blow They have released this information
tonight as they try to piece together what happened
to Surjit Takhar before his murder. Workmen found his body
on an embankment next to junction four of the motorway on the 20th
August 2015. DNA revealed Surjit's identity -
he was a father of three who had been reported missing
in October 2008. West Midlands Police can also reveal
tonight that they've recovered Do you know anything
about what happened to Surjit, and where he was between October
2008 and when his body was found dumped by the motorway
seven years later? want your help to identify these men
caught on camera in a residential A multi-million-pound property
was broken into on Christmas Eve The men are seen here
a short while later, leaving the house and escaping
with a large safe. It may seem comical, but jewellery,
cash and watches, some of which are shown here,
were taken, worth almost Do you recognise them,
or any of the stolen items? In Leeds, officers Dave Lockwood and
Tom Allen from West Yorkshire Police regularly search out foreign
criminals wanted by police in their native country. Tonight, they are
looking for a member of a serious organised crime gang involved in the
manufacture and distribution of illegal drugs. The investigation has
led them to this house. Where they found a Polish grandmother. She is
wanted for some serious offences. There is nothing we are going to do
bar arrest her and take Erin. If you were to see her out on the street or
in the supermarket you wouldn't think of what we have been told she
has done, I certainly wouldn't. Well, the woman featured
there was Sylwia Anelia Sokolowska as she was being arrested
in February last year. She was due to be deported to Poland
to complete her prison sentence for producing and trafficking drugs,
but was granted bail and has If you know where
she is, get in touch. And you can see more
on how police track down criminals home and abroad,
in Fugitives, a new series which starts on BBC One at 11am
on Monday 13th March. Now, I've come out onto
this test-track area Proving Ground to see for myself
just how distracting and how Simon Cook is a former traffic
police officer and now a driving instructor, and he's kindly offered
to test how texting at the wheel I'm going to get my seat belt on.
How are you doing? Nice to see you. You are going to take me around this
course. It is a circular track. We are heading round this way. You or a
retired traffic officer as well. I was a traffic man for 19 years.
Brilliant. I'm turning here left, is that right? Hard left. We are on the
test track now. We have cones either side. Give me a little undistracted
spin around first. Nice on gently, following to the right. You are
paying complete attention to the job in hand. You can plan ahead because
you are looking ahead. I can see your eyes are already working, that
is a feature of good driving, your eyes working well ahead of the car.
It gets harder because you have cardboard boxes on the corner. Now a
little slalom chicane. We have a little cheeky right here. OK, I've
got this covered. This bit isn't easy, but I've got it. Going right
again. And then down the the final straight. Easily achievable when you
are applying yourself. Yes. We're going to throw in some distractions
this time. We are going to get you to respond to a text message or send
a text message. Firmly enough, I dust heard it coming. The first
thing is getting the actual phone out, I've got to do that. I've got
to try and get a second gear. Hang on, Tina has just message me. Keep
the car coming. Just hang on. First right here. Sorry, hang on, let me
just... Sorry, sorry... I'm out of gear now. OK, really nice to hear
from you. I took control just for a moment.
OK, hang on... To hear... I'm just sending it now. Well, I sent the
text successfully. Was that not very... Well, we saw what happened,
it was a catastrophe really. You're not applying yourself, it's really
simple stop white I'm quite used to existing ring will, but normally you
wouldn't be there. I also operated the foot controls. It was my
refocusing from the phone to be outside. Absolutely no problem. You
have to keep your eyes in front of the vehicle. Looking further down
the road is imperative. Simon Cook, thank you. Thank you.
Away from those texting distractions, more wanted faces now.
enabling those taking part to stay in the UK illegally.
He didn't hang around to be sentenced to ten years in jail
He uses the names Edwin Harry or Henry and also the nickname TJ.
George is 44 and has a Nigerian accent and links
to the West Midlands and across London.
He also has the name "Rayella" tattooed on his right arm.
Face number six tonight is Christy Dunn, although detectives
believe this may be a false name as she also calls herself
Avon and Somerset Police want to question her about a romance
fraud in which a man lost over 180,000 pounds.
Dunn speaks with an American accent and has links to the Bahamas,
Do you recognise Kieran Bryan-Bartlett, who also calls
Detectives investigating drug dealing in the Bracknell area
of Berkshire believe he may have important information
He has a tattoo of a flower on his left wrist and another
He's known to stay in Bracknell, Hove, Reading and Brent.
Finally we have Walikhan Sultan-Khal.
Detectives in the West Midlands investigating the rape of a teenage
girl, and trafficking offences would urgently like to speak to him.
The 25-year-old has links to Coventry and across London.
If you know where any of the faces are, then get in touch
You can find all the details on our website alongside more people
Updates on previous cases now and last week we showed a special
programme on the national operation co-ordinating non-recent child
abuse investigations across the UK. Well, the response was incredible.
In fact there were more callers to the Crimewatch and specialist
Over 1,000 calls were made, many from survivors who've
And please remember that NSPCC number is open 24/7
so if you still need help call in on 0808 800 5000.
Calls are free from landlines and mobiles.
Back in 2001 we featured the shocking kidnap
She was taken from the village of Barton under-Needwood
in Staffordshire and later found abandoned and extremely
distressed two miles away. Well earlier this month,
72-year-old Arnold Baxter from Rugby pleaded guilty to kidnap
and indecent assault and was jailed for nine years.
He was caught after a DNA sample taken when he was arrested
for drink-driving, matched one found on the little girl's
clothing 15 years earlier. And your info has helped
to put a number of wanted faces behind bars.
Including these two, Paul Silverthorn and Leila Kassam.
We asked for your help to find them in September after they'd been
convicted of child sex offences but went on the run.
Well, a farm worker who met them in Ibiza checked
the Crimewatch website, recognised them and
Both were brought back to the UK and Silverthorn is now serving
Kassam will spend the next four years behind bars.
Tonight we've been looking at the devastating impact
Our next case is an extreme example of road rage.
All the more tragic because it ended with the murder
A married father of four young children.
He were a bit of a joker, liked to tell jokes all the time.
Always, always talking and joking about with folk.
He's not going to go anywhere, is he?
Just pull over, let's see what he's doing.
No, it's all right, just pull over here.
You were swerving all over the place.
I nearly hit you like three or four times!
I really didn't understand what had happened.
Were in hospital, and that he were poorly.
And me dad were on a bed, he had a tube down his throat.
I'll never forget that the machines beeped all the time.
Like a beeping noise all the time, which just stayed with me forever.
I think knowing that you've got to say goodbye to somebody,
knowing that they were going to turn that machine off, and that
you are never going to see that person again...
Well, Linda is here now in the studio.
I know the memories are very raw and very recent for you.
It was a tragic end to what would have been an otherwise
Bloke just came up to car window and smashed it.
Our Peter were getting out of the car.
And this bloke hit him over the head, twice.
And when I got out, he were on the floor.
And we managed to get him to Pinderfields Hospital.
Linda, I know, and thank you very much for coming
This is an undetected cold case murder.
And our commitment to the family is that we will continue to resolve
this matter for them, to give them the closure
they need as a family, to understand what happened
and to bring the offender to justice.
This particular box contains documents in relation
to the original investigation, such as photographs
Er, drawings, details in relation to vehicles that were investigated.
An Avia watch was recovered at the scene - we don't believe
It may well have been the watch of the suspect.
That could be the vital piece of evidence that
Peter has lost his life, four children have grown
They need to understand what happened.
I feel for me children, they have never known their granddad.
They are never going to know their granddad.
They've never had chance to have a granddad.
Everything has been taken away from us really.
I could walk by this person every day.
I'm joined by DCI Jim Dunkerley, who is leading the cold case review
Dreadful to see the effect of the family. 21 years ago but you're
hopeful? Yes, we have advances in forensic science, but after 20 years
there are people out there who know who did this. 20 years down the
line, loyalties have changed and people might be able to come forward
and give the information that they felt they couldn't do in the past.
We have seen how it has affected the family on the film. Let's talk about
the area where it happened, fairly rural I gather. Yes, this is Garmil
Lane near Fitzwilliam to the south of Wakefield. I believe the answer
is in that community. What we know about the attacker? Described as a
white male, 20 to 30 years old with a local accent. Using a small
vehicle, possibly a Maestro and wearing the watch we saw. And you
think you have an idea about the weapon that was used? Yes, it has
been described as a wooden bat, possibly an Indian club, or rounders
bat. The image on the screen gives an indication of what it might look
like. Take another look at the e-fit.
If you can name him or help in any way with this case
I urge you to get in touch using the numbers on screen.
Just time for a quick update on tonight's other cases.
Paul, you have been taking calls on the carjacking of Michael Watson?
Yes, we have had sightings of the white Mercedes. I would like to say
we are looking for two black men, the suspect the eyewitness said, and
it happened in Chingford, east London on the 16th of February at
about 5pm. They are recovering from serious injury so we need to find
out who was responsible. Yes, they both said what they want out of this
is to get those people in prison so they cannot do this to anybody else.
Thank you, and Kevin you have been taking calls on the attempted murder
of the police officer in Northern Ireland. Yes, I still need more
information. I need to know who was involved, in particular who was the
gunman, where the gun is so we can get it off the street and help keep
people safe, and I need to know the movements of the car, particularly
in January. Before we mention taking pictures of other drivers, of course
we meant pedestrians. Please keep your calls coming in.
Well that's just about all we have for you on what looks to have been
Yes, and remember you can head over right now to the Crimewatch website
where we'll be streaming live with all the latest developments
on tonight's appeals, wanted faces and CCTV.
Our next programme investigates the threats posed by cybercrime.
What we are seeing is an escalation in cyber crime activity. We have to
think about the risks in our own home. Identity theft, cyber fraud,
online solicitation, the general population can in fact be high risk
victims all of the time. That's coming in a fortnight,
as we're taking a break next week for the FA Cup.
But for now, thank you so much They really do make a difference.
From everyone here
Jeremy Vine and Tina Daheley return with a special episode tackling crime on our roads. Alongside the latest appeals, the team explore the devastating impact of dangerous driving.
The team meet a mother seeking to enlighten young drivers on the perils of using a smartphone while driving following the tragic loss of her 11-year-old daughter to a distracted driver. Kate Goldsmith's daughter Aimee was killed alongside three members of her wider family after lorry driver Tomasz Kroker ploughed into the back of their car. He had been changing the music on his phone in the moments leading up to the impact.
There is also an appeal for witnesses to a shocking road rage attack in West Yorkshire in 1996 in which 39-year-old Peter Swailes was fatally assaulted after a confrontation with another motorist. He was struck over the head with a foot-long weapon and died in hospital two days later.
Crimewatch also has the inside story of how one of its previous appeals was solved. Georgina Edmonds, 77, was murdered at her Hampshire cottage in 2008. It later emerged that Matthew Hamlen, 36, had tortured her and beaten her to death with a marble rolling pin for her debit card Pin. He was initially cleared of the murder in 2012 but under new double jeopardy legislation was convicted following a review of DNA evidence.