Detectives appeal for help in solving the UK's toughest cases, including the 1986 murder of 16-year-old Elaine Doyle and an attack on an elderly businesswoman in the Peak District.
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Tonight: Two young brothers fleeing for their lives but only one of
them would make it. My phone rang and it was my youngest son and I
couldn't understand what he was saying because he was just like
screaming down the phone. Then he said, "Negus has been stabbed."
need to know who killed 15-year-old Hello. Welcome to Crimewatch. We
are live for the next hour with the studio full of detectives from all
over the UK working together and ready to take your calls on
tonight's cases. We will have more on the murder of 15-year-old Negus
McClean very soon. First, let's take a preview of our other appeals.
We have the 66-year-old businesswoman who was attacked and
thrown down the stairs by a knife- wielding burglar. I could hear his
footsteps coming behind me. I thought I was going to die. I was
fighting for my life. And 25 years after teenager Elaine Doyle was
strangled, yards from her home in Greenock, her father is still
determined to find her killer. would like to put a face to that
person, who he is, why he would need to take Elaine's life. It
doesn't get any easier. But we will never give up.
We also need to know who attacked this young woman in Rochdale just
moments after these images were taken? She was left with severe
head injuries and bizarrely her assailants took her clothes and
then they dressed her in this nightie. Do you recognise it? We
have also some great news on previous cases including two
convictions for murder and Rav is here with his wanted faces and CCTV.
Tonight's faces include people wanted for rape, GBH and theft,
plus I have plenty of CCTV including this lot of armed robbers
losing their loot out of the back of their getaway car.
Matthew, what have you got for us? It is the story of how police
caught up with John Cooper, a labourer, who in May, was found
guilty of two double murders in Pembrokeshire in the 1980s. He
committed dozens of other offences including violent burglaries and
rape all while protesting his And clap your eyes on this lot. A
fine collection of jewellery worth �1 million. It's all been recovered
from a single modest house and if any of it is yours, we would like
to hear from you. But we begin with the murder of 15-year-old Negus
McClean in Edmonton in North London. He's one of the sixteen age victims
of knife crime already in London this year. Behind that statistic is
what happened... You can't do this to me, man. Negus, wake up, please.
It is a terrible thing to have inside your head to think that is
how your child died. I have no words to express how it feels to
It's an all-too familiar story in many parts of Britain, young men
often no more than boys being killed by their peers. But this
time the true terror of these attacks has been captured on camera
as a brutal gang intent on violence take to the streets. All right,
boys? For Ingrid McClean and her children, Sunday April 10th had
been much like any other. Ingrid was meeting her sister for lunch
while her 15-year-old son Negus and his younger brother were planning
to meet up with friends. They were more friends than brothers.
Sometimes they say you can't choose your family but they would have
chosen one another without a doubt. To his younger brother, he was
everything that a brother, if you look in the dictionary what
"brother" means that is what he was to his younger brother. They set
off together towards the local park. Their route taking them past
Hertford Road in Edmonton. But little did they know that a violent
gang of youths was circling the area just a few hundred yards away.
As Negus and his brother arrived here at the corner of Hertford Road
and Bounces Road they came face to face with the gang. Get him! Get
him! CCTV captures the moment of panic when Negus and his friends
began to cycle for their lives. The gang chased after them down Bounces
Road. By the time they reached Westminster Road Negus's friends
managed to escape but his brother is still with him. Negus told him
to keep running while he stood up to face the gang alone. Telling his
brother to run and just go is him, he, that is just him. He wouldn't
have thought twice about himself. He would have thought about
protecting his brother. Once Negus had been isolated, the onslaught of
violence began. Some in the group beat him with metal poles and one
of them had a knife. He began stabbing Negus in the legs and
stomach. The attack lasted less than a minute but the knife was
used with such force that the blade snapped off inside his body.
phone rang and it was my youngest son. I couldn't understand what he
was saying because he was like screaming down the phone. Then he
said, "Negus has been stabbed." Sorry. Suddenly, everyone started
ringing my phone, all his friends started ringing my phone, I
couldn't understand what half of them were saying they were all in
tears. I didn't understand what was going on. When I got there, they
wouldn't let me see him because they said they were working on him.
Despite the best efforts of paramedics and bystanders, this is
where Negus bled to death. Police are now desperate to catch those
responsible before they kill again. Steve, is there any evidence to say
this was a targeted attack? Certainly, the gang recognised
Negus. We know Negus has some links to a local gang. He is not heavily
involved. They certainly recognised him and gave chase. People will be
scared to come forward? They will be. They need to recognise that or
understand that they may be told not to speak to the police, but
ultimately they need to have that trust and the confidence to come
and speak to us, take that first step and speak to us. If they are
scared, if they don't want to be scared for the rest of their lives,
they need to get these people off the street or else that is the way
it is going to be forever. He died 16 days before his 16th birthday.
He had his whole life ahead of him. So many things he wanted to do. So
many plans he had. He will never do them now. He was always my baby, he
was my Negus and that is what I called him. He was my perfect baby
and he is very missed. He had his whole life ahead of him, a tragic
waste of a young life. Sadly, there have already been two more murders
of teenage boys in London since then. DCI Stephen Clayman joins me
now. Thank you for joining us. The blade snapped off in his body. This
was a brutal and terrifying attack? Absolutely. When they spotted Negus,
he didn't have a chance. He must have been terrified. They chased
him, I don't know whether they targeted him, but he didn't have a
chance. Crucial to this case is the CCTV from earlier on in the day.
Let's look at this. Explain to us what we are looking at here. This
is Bounces Road and the gang here are riding towards the junction
with Hertford Road. They are riding in front of cars. They are wearing
face coverings and their hoods up. If you were in that car, you might
remember seeing that. That is quite an unusual thing to see. There is
another bit of CCTV. Tell us about this. This is the point at which
the gang see Negus. They start chasing him and Negus and his
brother and his friends are being chased towards Westminster Road.
When you were talking to Matthew, you were talking about witnesses
coming forward. You know there will be witnesses, there will be people
who know things who feel too terrified to talk to you? Yeah. I
am appealing to people who have knowledge or are connected to the
gangs themselves. I do appreciate they are told not to speak to
police, but they must speak to us. They can ring in the strictest of
confidence. I will take great care and I can meet them out of their
area and discreetly. They must make that first step and speak to me.
big reward here? �20,000 reward for information leading to arrest and
prosecution. Thank you for that. You have seen what a terrible
impact this murder has had. If you know anything about it, you can
speak to the detectives now here. This is the number - 0500 600 600.
If you are concerned about your identity and want to call the
independent charity, Crimestoppers, anonymously, their number is 0800
555 111. Now, Rav has his first collection of wanted faces. First
up is this guy 25-year-old Nathan Alan Lucas from Nuneaton. He is
swapbted after being con -- he is wanted after being convicted. He
has links throughout the country. He has a tattoo of the band
"Slipnot" on his inner forearm. Next is Rose Denise Williams, the
36-year-old is wanted after absconding from Send Prison in
February where she was serving a sentence for robbery. Williams has
links to London, Kent and Belfast. She uses numerous aliases including
the surname Browne, Hobbs and McDonagh. Three is Fakhar Zaman and
he's wanted in connection with the rape of a woman in Burnley in
November 2009. Zaman also has links to Manchester and uses the alias
Cheema Nalaz. He may be working in a restaurant or takeaway so give
him a birthday surprise and tell us where he is. Lastly, Gary Wayne
Burke. He is wanted in connection with the large scale supply of
heroin and crack cocaine in Luton. Burke has a keen interest in hip-
hop music and may well be seen at clubs, studios and events in London.
Remember all of tonight's faces are on the website -
bbc.co.uk/crimewatch. And if you know where any of them are, the
number is 0500 600 600 or you can text 63399 "crime" space and your
message. It is important to leave that space. Now, in February, this
businesswoman from Bradwell in the Peak District was beaten and thrown
down the stairs during an extremely violent burglary in her home.
Police think the attacker is local and they need your help to catch
The small haulage business has been quietly run here by a local family
for decades. In February, the owner was beaten and attacked in her own
home by a burglar who decided the elderly businesswoman would be an
easy target. I moved into Bradwell in 1968 when I got married. It's
been a lovely, happy, family home. We have run our business from here
and it's been my life. My husband had already established the garage
business. In 1972 we created our haulage business. My dad died four
years ago and it left my mum devastated. She very very fragile
and still is but she has learnt to cope. We decided altogether as a
family that we had got to go forward. My mum was starting to get
on with her life. She didn't enjoy being on her own but she was
getting used to it. Since this has happened to her, it has completely
altered that. On the day the burglary happened, we decided we
would go out for the day. We had a look around Bakewell and I went
into the bank because I needed to draw �4,500 out for our drivers'
wages. I got back from Bakewell and I decided I would go into my office
and do some paperwork. My son went home at 5.45pm. See you later.
right. See you later. I realised that it was 6.00 and I hadn't come
downstairs and locked my door. There was no sound, there was no
creek on the stairs, I didn't hear the back door open, I heard
absolutely nothing. It was only the sense that someone is behind you
that made me turn round. What you doing? Give me the money! I haven't
got any money. I thought he is going to kill me.
know you have got the money. Give me the money! In the grey box.
knew there was probably �100. I thought if I give him this �100 he
will leave me alone and go. He saw �300 in this cash box so as he went
to get the �300, I got past him. I could hear his footsteps coming
behind me. Suddenly, he produced these black tie wraps. I thought he
is going to tie me up now. He threw the tie wraps on to the floor. And
then went out through my door. I was convinced he was gone. I got up
off the floor which took me a few seconds because I was in such a
state. Around 6.30pm two girls waiting at a bus stop saw a blonde
man running from the direction of He's left her feeling vulnerable.
She will tell everyone that she is OK, but underneath she isn't OK.
thought I was going to die. I was fighting for my life. This man used
extreme and unnecessary violence against a 66-year-old widow all for
the sake of �500. Somebody out there knows who did this. They need
to come forward now. The amount of money he took, what he's done to me,
it is unbelievable. I hate the person who has done this to my mum.
I want somebody to be found. I feel it will never go away. It can't go
away. My life has changed so much because of it. Well, we are joined
now by DC Derek Ellis of Derbyshire Police. This has had a devastating
effect on Mrs Charles? It has. She's been left feeling very
intimidated. It is important to tell people that in terms of the
security that's all changed now? There's been a complete change in
the security. The wages for the drivers are now paid by bankers'
draft and any valuable items have been removed from the address.
Let's talk about the timing of the attack. As you saw in the film, the
attacker knew there was �4,500 worth of wages money. Fortunately,
he only took �500. He also struck on the one day that Mrs Charles'
son had left work early. We believe they may have been watched and we
are keen to hear about anyone seen hanging around the address. Let's
talk about definite leads. What do you know for sure? There was a
white male who was seen running from the direction of the address.
He ran along Netherside and on to Town Lane. Show me. It is the blue
arrow on the map, that is Netherside. Trainers, you have
information about the trainers? recovered footwear marks from the
scene. These have been identified as an Asics style of trainer.
you think somebody watching tonight might know who is responsible?
Whoever did this had key information so we are asking people
to come forward who are connected to the family or the business who
may have been asked particular questions about how the business is
run. OK. The attacker may have bragged to friends or may have
acted oddly at the time. Anyone with any information needs to test
their conscience and pick up the phone. We have seen the injuries.
Tell me, there is a reward here? There is a reward of up to �5,000
put up by the family for information leading to a conviction.
Thank you. Someone must know who carried out this appalling, violent
robbery. If that is you, I would urge you to call now. There is the
number - 0500 600 600. Now, here is Rav with some criminals caught on
camera. We start with an armed robbery in
the Midlands. This is Queen Mary's Road in
Coventry on a Tuesday morning last November. The owners of a jewellery
wholesalers arrive and open up the store. Almost immediately, they are
ambushed by three masked men who had been hiding in the white van.
Once inside, the owners are separated. Out of view, one of them
is threatened with a handgun and forced to open the safes. The gang
fill up a black holdall with cash and jewellery before making their
escape in a AudiA3. They lose their loot out of the back of the car and
have to reverse almost ripping the car door off in the process before
they can retrieve it. These armed robbers took more than �150,000
worth of jewellery and cash. Be a gem and name them tonight.
It's the early hours of a Saturday morning in May. A group of lads
move down Church Street in Liverpool when there is an exchange
with a man walking the opposite way. Things turn nasty and the victim is
punched hard in the face knocking him clean out. As he lies there
unconscious, his attacker celebrates. He is a violent thug,
Another town centre, late at night, this time it is Southend on sea
last August. There is a disagreement between a group of men
and two friends. One of them walks off but the group continue to taunt
his friend as well as hurling abuse at him. Suddenly, things escalate
and the man in the white top and shorts lashes out at the man in the
checked shirt flooring him with a single blow. The victim's friend
returns and is also set upon before passers-by step in to help. The man
knocked unconscious suffered a broken cheek and fractured
vertebrae in the attack. Make the streets safer and name this vicious
attacker tonight. That footage is available for
another look on the website - bbc.co.uk/crimewatch. If you know
who any of them are, give us a call - 0500 600 600 or you can text us
on 63399 "crime" space and then your message. Some news on some
cases we have featured previously. You will have seen the Milly Dowler
case has become a major part of the News of the World phone hacking
story. Beforehand, we had the conviction of Levi Bellfield for
Milly's murder in 2002. Bellfield was found guilty after a seven-week
trial at the Old Bailey. In a special programme Kirsty spoke to
Gemma, Milly's sister, about the ordeal of the trial. The first two
days when my mum and dad were questioned was probably worse than
the day that she went missing. It was that extreme. It really was.
You can't explain how horrific it is in that courtroom until you are
actually in there. In May, we asked for your help after a student was
raped as she walked home in Brighton on Valentine's Day. As a
result, -- as a result of a call to the programme, police have arrested
a man and charged him with rape. We will keep you updated on that. Next,
a shocking murder we featured several times over the years.
Heather Barnett was killed in her Bournemouth home in November 2002.
She had a lock of another woman's hair in her hand. A 39-year-old
Italian man, Danilo Restivo, was convicted of her murder. The judge
told him he will never be released from prison. Italian police want to
extradite him to stand trial for the murder of a woman in southern
Italy in 1993. In February we appealed for the
help with this investigation into the murder of student Samuel
Guidera who died after being stabbed through the heart just
outside Penge East train station in Sydenham. The day after the
programme, Crimestoppers received a call from a person with information
about Samuel's death. Tonight, detectives are asking for that
person to get in touch again. You can speak to Crimestoppers or
directly to the officer leading the case, DCI Laurence Smith, on this
mobile number - 07404 823 299. So, please, if that was you, or if you
have any information, do please get in touch tonight.
Still to come: The woman beaten and left for dead in a Rochdale
alleyway. Do you recognise this as the nightdress that she was found
in? Matthew has the shocking story of how John Cooper was brought to
justice. He's a brutal but calculating man
who for years denied responsibility for shooting dead two married
couples. In the end, his lies were no match for the advances in
forensic science. It was quite clear that that firearm was causing
him significant issues. In the de- brief after the interview, it was
one of those moments where we all were satisfied that that was the
murder weapon. And just come over here - take a look at this. Almost
�1 million-worth of stunning jewellery. We need to find out who
it belongs to. That is going to come up soon.
Matthew has the latest on what's been happening on the phones.
Yeah, let's briefly interrupt Steve and his team investigating the
murder of Negus McClean. What has come in so far? I have to say in
the short time, we have had a fantastic response. There are
people who are ringing in naming names which is fantastic. I will be
talking to them in the next couple of days. It is good they are having
the confidence to ring me. Others are providing some street names
which is fantastic. What I would ask if people can give us the full
names as well. Do you know if the names are gang members? Yes, they
are other gang members so it is important if they are naming gang
members, they must give us the full name. There are lots of witnesses
on the CCTV? Witnessed by his brother, he stood no chance, he was
outnumbered and stabbed several times. He didn't stand a chance.
Good luck and Steve is here waiting for your call. Now, Rav has more of
his wanted faces. First, is this lady, Hannah Parveen,
she is wanted in connection with neglect and ill-treatment of an
elderly care home patient in 2008. The police believe that Parveen may
be married and using a different surname. Six is Christopher Ian
Edwards. He is wanted on a recall to prison after breaching the terms
of his licence. He has links to Welling, Bexley, Bexleyheath and
Bromley. Take a look at this. It is CCTV that we showed you in March of
a distraction theft at a jewellers in Midsumer Norton near Bath, that
is in January this year. As a result of a call to the programme,
the woman in red was named as 22- year-old Sava Ancuta. And the man
as 32-year-old Boeri Kvec, there he is at the end. Now, we need to find
them. They should be quite easy to spot. Ancuta has several gold teeth
and a burned scar on the back of her right hand while Kvec has
tattoos on both forearms with one reading "CENORITA" with a "C". They
have links to Scotland, Birmingham, Dublin and Redditch. Police still
want to trace the other woman wearing the white. If you know
where she and Ancuta and Kvec are, get in touch. Remember, they will
stay online - bbc.co.uk/crimewatch - until they are caught.
It should have been Elaine Doyle's 42nd birthday yesterday. Instead
her family were at her grave side marking the 25th anniversary of her
murder. She was attacked and strangled on the road where she
lived in Greenock in the west of Scotland in June 1986. Tonight is
your chance to help her parents see some justice.
Greenock in west Scotland during the 1980s was a town in turmoil.
The maritime industry was in decline and unemployment on the
rise. But perhaps the biggest blow to hit the town came in 1986 when a
local teenager was brutally murdered just yards from her
doorstep. I have to leave this house and I have to pass by the
place where my daughter was killed and I know people are looking at me
and feeling sorry for me and feeling sorry for my family. Well,
I don't want them to feel sorry for me if they know something and they
are not going down to the police. There is no good sending me a
sympathy card. Elaine Doyle, aged 16 at the time, was attacked and
strangled just 50 yards from her front door. 25 years on, her
parents, their health now frail, are as determined as ever to bring
her killer to justice. The only way to describe Elaine is a happy
teenager. Nothing was too much bother for her. She liked mixing
with her friends. Elaine was fun- loving, caring, she was very, very
funny. She was a great, great person. She was beautiful. You
would never meet another person like Elaine. I think there develops
a bond and it develops as the years go on. She was a daddy's girl.
what do we know about that evening in June 1986? It was the Sunday of
a bank holiday weekend and millions of people across the country would
have been staying up late to watch the Mexico World Cup matches on TV.
That's me off to the disco. right, darling. Elaine would always
tell you what time she was going to come back home at because she
didn't want to worry her parents. Before she left the house, I said
what time will you be home, love. "I'll phone you later, dad." "All
right, darling." We all decided to go to the Celtic
Club because we are all off work on the Monday. I had a laugh, a wee
dance and a giggle. There was no serious dancing, it was all to make
When she phoned from the Celtic Club, I think it was between 8.00
and 8.30... Hello, hi, darling. "Daddy, I'll be home at 12.00."
Maureen and I were quite happy to get that phone call.
That was Elaine, she will be home at 12.00. All right. After the
disco, I started walking towards Clyde Square and it was time for
Elaine to go home. I ran after her and asked her to come back to my
house and stay. I can't. Because it was too late to phone her parents,
she obviously said no and headed home. From here, lain would have
taken a route through Hamilton Way towards her home in the West End of
Greenock. Many would have still been up enjoying the bank holiday
As soon as I found out Elaine hadn't stayed at Lynne's and I seen
the police activity I knew it was Elaine. The policeman says, "The
woman's dead." Members of the public will say to you, Elaine was
in the wrong place at the time. Elaine wasn't in the wrong place at
the time. She was quite entitled to walk home safely without getting
attacked and murdered. Elaine had been strangled and partially
stripped of her clothes in what police believe to be a sexually
mowty vaited attack. Her murder triggered the largest-ever manhunt
in the area. Witness sightings on the night
compounded the police's belief that the suspect was local. On several
occasions, a man was seen behaving erratically on nearby Nelson Street.
There was also a sighting of a young man walking behind a woman
who could have been Elaine at around the time of her murder. But
none of these men were ever identified. Eventually, with few
leads and no suspects, the investigation was scaled down but
in 2003 thanks to advances in forensics scientists were able to
isolate a DNA profile of Elaine's killer. Detectives can now
eliminate anyone from the inquiry and put their minds at rest if they
are innocent, but in order to do that, they need names. Somebody
else knows that you can't keep a secret like that to yourself for 25
years. We would like to put a face to that person, who he is, why he
would need to take Elaine's life. It doesn't get any easier. But we
will never give up hope. It is living in a nightmare. They have
been living in a nightmare. We are joined by DC Willie Brandon from
Strathclyde Police. I understand that time is of the essence for the
family. Explain a bit of that? indeed. Both of Elaine's parents
are now in poor health and in fact Jack gave his Crimewatch interview
prior to rushing off to a hospital appointment so we are particularly
keen to bring them the answers that they crave. 25 years since this
horrific murder took place. Loyalties change in that time and
also as we saw in your film, crucially the evidence has changed.
You can rule people out for sure? We can indeed. Loyalties do change.
People's relationships change. People's perceptions of what is
important in life may have changed. Having this DNA evidence, we can
rule people out very quickly and very easily. So I would urge anyone
who has harboured any form of suspicion, no matter how small,
someone they know has some connection with this crime to pick
up the phone and give us the name. What about local knowledge then? Do
you think this person lived in Greenock or had really good
knowledge of Greenock? We think one or the other. The reasons for that,
he displayed some degree of knowledge in the Commission of the
crime. Crucially, we know the handbag was taken by her killer on
the night of her murder. One week after the murder, the handbag
turned up on the steps of a local library in broad daylight on fire.
We believe this was some bizarre attempt to taunt the police, but
crucially that tells us that the person who murdered Elaine was
still in Greenock one week later and again, demonstrates some local
connection. That is an important clue. You can reveal to us tonight
more detail on how Elaine died? I can tell you that Elaine was
strangled, by some form of ligature. We know that Elaine bravely fought
back, quite frankly she never stood a chance. We have never recovered
that ligature. We would be keen to know anything about its whereabouts
now or if anyone knows anything at all obviously about the person.
Thank you very much. 25 years a very long time. Think back, it was
a memorable night because of the bank holiday, the World Cup. If you
know who killed Elaine, if you have suspicions, call now - 0500 600 600.
Now it is time for more CCTV. This lot of crooks all seem to favour
public transport. A train stops at Woodgrange Park in January. A group
of men get on board. They sit next to a male passenger. As the lone
passenger makes a call, the men switch places so the one in the red
hoodie is sat next to him. He puts up his hood and moments later lungs
at the man. The victim is punched in the face as the attacker takes
his phone. The man pushes past them but the assault continues.
Eventually he manages to escape into the next carriage. His
attackers get off at the next stop. Mindless violence and all for a
mobile phone. Tell us who they are tonight.
We are still on the railways but downstairs this time at Barking
Underground Station during the early hours of Easter Sunday. These
two men are far from good eggs. The pair meet up with a mate in a
turquoise top and gets on to the waiting train. When the driver
approaches and asks them to move, he is set upon. He was knocked
unconscious and lost a tooth in the attack. The three then flee
together from the scene. Do the This man has boarded the 119 bus in
Croydon South London but he doesn't want a ticket. He's aggressive and
immediately starts shouting at the driver before attacking him in his
cab. Let's make it the end of the line for this thug. Tell us his
name. Call 0500 600 600 or you can text us on 63399 "crime" space and
your message. Now, a really unusual case of a woman who was found badly
beaten and left wearing someone else's nightdress in an alleyway in
Rochdale. With me now is DI Melani Linton from Greater Manchester
Police. Tell us what more do you know about this? The victim's Laura,
a 20-year-old woman and she had gone out for the night with friends.
They went for a meal, they went ten-pin bowling and they went to
The Littern Tree public house. Laura left her friends and started
to make her way home. What are we seeing here? We see Laura come out
of the pub and she is alone. In a moment, we will see her walk
towards the entrance of an alleyway, just there. She goes into the
alleyway which leads off Yorkshire Street. We see a person go into the
alleyway just after her. This person here, we need to speak to
that person. What happened next? Two hours later, Laura was found in
the same alleyway and she had been badly beaten so severely that we
thought she might not survive. Really horrific injuries. A
terrible experience for Laura who is understandably desperate to know
what it was that happened to her. think it will stay with me for the
rest of me life to know that someone could do that, so for a
normal night out with my friends, to end up in hospital. They are
quite disturbed to do something like that to someone. I want the
person caught. And sent to prison. Explain more about the oddity with
what she was wearing? She was wearing a nightdress. We don't know
where it's come from. There are no markings in the nightdress, nothing
to tell us where it may have come from or how it was made. We need to
know more about it. If anybody knows where it has come from,
please call in tonight. Or if they can give you any details. What
other possessions were missing? of Laura's possessions, her clothes,
handbag, shoes, everything was missing. The only item that has
been found was a bank card which was handed into the NatWest Bank. I
would like to speak to the person that handed that bank card in.
Thank you very much. Terrible. We need to know what happened to Laura
and what about that nightdress? Where did it come from? It is very
important that the person seen there gets identified, gets in
touch. You could do that on 0500 600 600. If you have been a victim
of crime, there is the Victim Support line - 0845 30 30 900. Now,
it is time for some more updates on the cases that you have already
helped with. First, the case we showed last
December, Julian Gardner from East Sussex died after confronting a
gang of intruders at his farm in ago, five men all from Kent
appeared in court charged with his manslaughter. The five men along
with a sixth man charged with conspiring to pervert the course of
justice are due in court later in the year.
You may remember this face, Peter James Hannah. He appeared on my
wanted faces board in the last programme after slashing a man with
learning difficulties across the face and back with a knife. 40-
year-old Anna was arrested on his way to Liverpool Airport and last
month he was given an indeterminate prison sentence and will serve
seven years. Nice one. Now, have you ever wondered what �1
million worth of jewellery looks like? Now you know. DC Andrea Smith
from South Yorkshire Police is here with this extremely valuable lot.
How did you come upon it? These are a few of the items we have
recovered from a modest private house during a criminal
investigation. It is currently ongoing. Who do you want to hear
from? We would like to hear from anybody who recognises any of the
pieces, anybody who has owned any of the pieces and has anybody had
any of these stolen from them? Has anybody been given them as gifts?
More importantly, as you can see, some of these items have been
custom-made, we would like to know if anybody has been commissioned to
make any of the items. Some of them are extraordinary in their own way.
Take me through this. The jeweller has estimated that they will have
started off quite plain and had the diamonds added on this Rolex watch
and the diamonds and the rubies added to the Chopard watch there.
Of course, we think this one has been custom-made. Let's talk about
this one. The centre stone is a ten carat diamond solitary. It is on a
twist and the twist has diamonds all the way around it. That item
has been valued at �200,000. Just for that? Yes. Generally, the other
stuff, a lot of diamonds? There is a lot of diamonds. In total, the
collection is worth over �1 million. We are interested to hear from
anybody who might know where this jewellery has come from. Goodness
me. Those are some of the pieces that we are looking at here tonight.
If you want to have a closer look at them, pictures of everything
recovered are on bbc.co.uk/crimewatch. If you
recognise that incredible ten carat ring or anything else, call the
studio now - 0500 600 600. Now in May this man, John Cooper, was
convicted of a catalogue of appalling crimes. He is an armed
robber, a rapist and a murderer who brought havoc on a rural part of
South West Wales for that years. He was eventually caught thanks to
some of the most sophisticated On a bright summer's day, Peter and
Gwenda Dixon were murdered on a scenic stretch of one of Britain's
most popular National Parks. They had been tied up, shot and robbed.
The killings would become one of the most intriguing cases for
police involving terrorist conspiracies, a massive manhunt and
decades of forensic work, work which would lead to the conviction
of a serial killer. You must judge me after the trial, not before.
down. The Dixons weren't Cooper's only victims. He rer tiezed the
local area for 25 years, committing dozens of offences. In the summer
of 1989, Peter and Gwenda Dixon had been camping in a popular spot on
the coast in Pembrokeshire in South West Wales. When the couple failed
to return home to Oxford, their son raised the alarm and a full-scale
missing persons inquiry was launched. Five days later, their
bodies were found by a police search team. They had been hidden
in thick undergrowth. Police were perplexed as to why someone would
murder a couple in broad daylight in such a poop ewe lar tourist spot.
One suggestion that the Dixons had discovered a secret IRA arms dump
and had been killed to prevent them from reporting it. There were
various theories put forward. Drug- running, that Peter and Gwenda
Dixon may have stumbled upon or potentially the IRA. The most
compelling evidence pointed towards it being a bungled robbery. Peter
Dixon's cash card was used in the days after the murder. Police
focused their investigation on finding a scruffy-looking man seen
hanging around at banks. Despite two Crimewatch appeals, and
thousands of police interviews, detectives were no nearer to
catching their suspect. Everybody felt that one day we would have a
name, the name would come forward and we would then be able to prove
that this individual was the murderer. What we were aware of was
there was very little forensic evidence which we could use at that
particular time. For years, it looked like the killer had slipped
through the net, but in 2006 a group of detectives known as
Operation Ottowa were tasked with re-opening three previous unlinked
serious crimes, among them was the Dixon's murder. One of the other
cases was the murders of Richard and Helen Thomas. The house was
burnt down in an attempt to destroy any evidence. They also looked
again at an attack on a group of children in 1996 in Milford Haven.
The assailant had threatened them with a shotgun before raping one of
the girls and indecently assaulting another. After two years after
tirelessly sifting through thousands of old exhibits, witness
statements and images, the team felt that one offender could be
responsible for all three crimes. If you look at the ability of the
offender to control multiple victims, the rural area, the use of
violence, the use of a sawn-off shotgun, robbery, I could be
talking about the Dixons murder or the attack on the children. For me
that was a significant linking factor when you run alongside that
the fire was only two fields away from the Milford Haven attack.
name that kept coming up was that of a local labourer. John William
Cooper had been arrested and convicted in 1998 for a string of
dwelling house burglaries which covered the same geographical area.
In particular, as well, he had been convicted of an armed robbery... He
had attacked a lone female in the house, he tied her up, threatened
her with a sawn-off shotgun, he only fled the scene after the
victim managed to raise the alarm. A rare moment of panic, he threw
his balaclava, gun and gloves into a hedgerow. These items would lead
detectives to Cooper. Following his arrest, officers spent four weeks
retrieving further evidence from his home and garden. The
significance of what they found wouldn't become apparent for
another decade. For me, the foresight of the people involved in
the Huntsman inquiry, to retain the material in the manner that they
did, the storage of it, that was one of the significant factors
which allowed us to conduct a methodical investigation, a
transparent investigation and reach a successful conclusion. Cooper was
given a 16-year sentence for the robberies. The new investigation
into the double murders was in full flow. Although detectives were
convinced he was responsible, they needed scientific evidence to back
up their case. They decided to re- examine the items taken from his
house during the burglary investigations. Crucial was a pair
of shorts taken from his bedroom. It was while we were looking at the
surface debris from the shorts on sell tape strips for textile fibres
that we actually discovered this tiny flake of blood and so we
immediately put it in for DNA profiling using our most sensitive
technique. We managed to get a DNA profile matching Peter Dixon.
During yesterday's interview, John... It was Cooper himself who
during his police interviews would lead the team to their second
discovery. It was a firearm which was part of the offence of the
armed robbery in late '90s. It was quite clear that firearm was
causing him significant issues. In the de-brief after the interview,
it was one of those moments where we all were quite satisfied that
that was the murder weapon, certainly for the Dixons, probably
for the Thomass as well. We went back to the gun and we found both
from the flakes and from the gun itself we found that there was
bloodstaining under the paint and again when we put it in for DNA
profiling the profile we got back matched Peter Dixon's so we were
sure we were on the right track. Despite overwhelming forensic
evidence, Cooper continued to deny Having resorted to blaming his own
son, Cooper was running out of The decision was made to charge
Cooper with all four murders and the rape. You must judge me after
the trial, not before. Judge me after the trial. You don't want to
hear that, do you? Over nine weeks at Swansea Crown Court the jury
were told of the damning DNA and fibre evidence that linked Cooper
to all three crime scenes. people from the communities of
Wales listened to that evidence over that period of nine weeks and
found him unanimously guilty of all charges. 25 years after John Keirer
began terrorising this small area of South West Wales, the families
of his victims had finally seen justice delivered. Horrifying man.
Four life sentences he got. Judge me after the trial we heard him say.
We all can. He is a monster, a psychopath. The judge said the
murders were of such evil wickedness that the mandatory life
sentences would mean just that, he is not getting out. It was great to
see the scientist there, the judge said forensics the key? The fibre
evidence was astonishing, just as the DNA work was. They found a
speck of blood the size of a grain of sand underneath the repainted
shotgun. It was great detective work as well. Cooper insisted that
he looked nothing like the artist's impression of the suspect in 1989.
Detectives unearthed video footage of him on the TV show Bull's-eye a
month before the murders. There it is. There is no denying it. It is
him. You examined, when you were doing this piece, examined his
background. What was in his history? It is violence, that is
the common denominator over 40 years. With his own dog, when it
became lame, he didn't take it to a vet, he dug a trench and he spent
half an hour clubbing it to death with his shovel. I know. That is
what he was like, in his personal life, that is what always jumps out
- violence. This guy, there are no redeeming features. He is now where
he belongs. Thank you. It is time for a quick check on all of
tonight's calls with Rav. We have loads of calls on the
Edmonton murder of Negus McClean. We have had over 40 texts as well
coming in. Potential witnesses have made themselves known and we are
getting lots of names. We need the full names, not just the street
names. It is trending on Twitter. Quickly, lots of people getting in
touch about the jewellery. The police are going to need evidence
it is yours before it goes anywhere. Join us in the update to follow.
That is all for now. There is more on the website -
bbc.co.uk/crimewatch - including an appeal to find a suspected sex
attacker in Brighton. Remember, though, the phone lines stay open
until midnight tomorrow so there is still plenty of time to call. If
you think you can help, please do it now. We are back again in 35
Detectives from across the nation appeal for help in solving some of the UK's biggest cases. 25 years on from the shocking murder of 16-year-old Elaine Doyle just yards from her home in Greenock, her father Jack hopes DNA could finally reveal the killer's identity. Officers from Derbyshire need to find the knifeman who attacked an elderly businesswoman in a picturesque Peak District village. Plus, the fascinating inside story of how detectives caught the notorious Pembrokeshire coast path murderer John Cooper.