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New developments in the murder of Stephen Lawrence.
The mother of two beaten to death outside her home.
Live from Eltham in south London, this is Crimewatch.
Good evening and welcome to Crimewatch.
Each week we're travelling the country, broadcasting
Tonight, on the eve of what would have been Stephen Lawrence's 42nd
birthday we're live from Eltham in South London.
Stephen was just 18 and an aspiring architect when he was chased down
and murdered by a gang a few metres from where we are now.
We'll have new developments in the case, and for the first time
But first, let's check in with Tina in the incident room
to see what else we have for you this evening.
As ever, we have a team of police detectives standing
by to take your calls on tonight's cases including
the fatal shooting of grandfather Jim Stanton.
Plus, we reveal how, despite vast amounts of evidence,
the murderer of 17-year-old Melanie Road managed to evade
There is no other case with such compelling evidence available to
you. You just need the other bit to join a duck, the suspect. The hard
part was, where on earth were we going to find him.
As ever, we have a team of police detectives standing
by to take your calls on tonight's cases.
In a few minutes we'll be speaking live to the detective now in charge
of the Stephen Lawrence investigation about the new leads
Before we do, here's a reminder of what we know so far.
An 18-year-old boy has been stabbed to death...
On April 22nd 1993, Stephen Lawrence and his friend Duwayne Brooks
were on their way home when they were attacked.
Stephen was stabbed twice but managed to run about 100
yards before collapsing and bleeding to death.
The impact of this single, tragic act of brutality
would reverberate through the next two decades.
From the beginning the Metropolitan Police were accused of not having
Following several failed prosecutions a public
The subsequent MacPherson report concluded that Stephen had been
failed by a force infected with institutional racism.
It made 70 recommendations, including a change to the law
allowing for people to be prosecuted twice for the same crime
Finally, in 2012 two of the original five suspects,
Gary Dobson and David Norris, were convicted of Stephen's
The court heard microscopic amounts of Stephen's DNA and fibres
from his clothing were found on the defendants' clothing.
But now for the first time Crimewatch reconstructs
what we know happened on that that tragic evening.
And just so you are aware the following film contains
And that's what I want people to remember.
I still can't understand seeing somebody at a bus stop,
and yet you and your friends decide to pounce on that person
I wanted my son to be famous from the buildings
Why should he be denied his life because of
Stephen Lawrence had spent most of Thursday 22nd of April 1993
The 18-year-old was studying for A-levels in Design
Stephen was so gifted that when he did his work experience
with an architect he did the model for the architect for the building
And the man was so pleased with what he did that he said,
"when you've finished your training I want you to come back and work
At around 6pm that evening Stephen went to his uncle's house
where he met up with his friend Duwayne Brooks.
He was no different from any other teenager.
You know he was an academic and he's always been that but you know
at the same time he would want to be out with his friend.
A few hours later they started the journey home.
Duwayne was heading to Charlton and Stephen to neighbouring
Due to strikes that night on certain routes, they caught a bus
to Eltham High street where they hoped to find connections home.
There they switched on to the 286 bus, but realising going on that
route would get them home late, they changed buses again.
This time on Well Hall Road in Eltham where they had a choice
Unsure of which bus to catch, Duwayne returned
south to the junction of Dixon Road to check
At that point a group of five or six youths approached
Can you see it coming yet?
But he collapsed after running a few hundred metres.
He had been stabbed twice, and was bleeding
Normally, I like for him to come home
by 10 o'clock so it's after 10 coming up 11, and
I was told that he saw Stephen being attacked by a group of boys
We saw a doctor and a nurse coming toward us, also his friend Duwayne
being accompanied by a police officer, and then we went to Duwayne
us and say they've got him and they're looking after him
so we've got to go into a waiting room and wait for them to come back.
So about half an hour or so they came back,
After that everything else is just like fast forward,
it's like a drama playing out in front of you but you're not part
of that, and you're like no he's not, no,
because it's hard to believe that
somebody who was just full of life and all of a suddenly,
I still can't remember whether I went in by myself or me
But I remember him lying on the slab, and touching him
and thinking he was still warm and he looked as if he was sleeping.
It's been over two decades since this junction
was a major crime scene, but items recovered back then
A leather strap found a few yards from the attack scene and believed
to have been discarded at the time has been re-examined using
It's known that straps like this were used locally
as a way of securing weapons to people's hands.
DNA found on the strap suggests that it belonged to a female.
Detectives would like to speak to the owner of that strap.
Recently reviewed CCTV taken from that fateful day
It shows a man wearing a very distinctive jacket with a V
on the back in an off license in Eltham.
It's known a man wearing a jacket like this was also in the vicinity
of the attack but despite repeated appeals, he's never been traced.
One small little bit of information can
There's people out there that might have just that one small little
detail for us to put the closure on this and I'm just,
I'm begging them and asking them please -
the information and let's put the closure on this
I know it's sometimes very difficult and people
feel threatened or whatever but I'd like them to have confidence
It doesn't matter how small the information that they have,
that any little thing they have could be important.
He died because these men decided to take his life,
I'm here with DCI Chris Le Pere at the spot where Stephen collapsed.
And it's items from that scene that you're concentrating on tonight?
That is correct. We found blood and Arab strap, we know that that was
not owned by Stephen but I believe it was left by the suspects. We have
obtained a full female DNA profile from the strap and conducted mass
DNA screening but unfortunately have not been able to identify that
individual. We are hoping then to find the witness who was in that
CCTV. Absolutely. We have CCTV taken from an off-licence some two and a
half hours previously. Wearing a distinctive jacket with a V design.
He could be the same person seen by witnesses at the time in the
vicinity where Stephen was murdered. That was the sketch taken in 1993,
he may or may not be the same person but I would like to identify both
persons. We are here at the place where Stephen Lawrence fell and
died. You are now offering a reward for information leading to a
prosecution. That is correct. The Metropolitan Police are offering up
to ?20,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest and
prosecution of the persons involved in the murder of Stephen Lawrence.
Our last appeal came tantalisingly close. Absolutely, we are seeking a
Male figure who later found Crimestoppers and I believe has
significant information. I would ask him to ring back. Two men have been
convicted for the murder of Stephen Lawrence but it is vital that
everyone else involved in taking his life is caught and punished. We have
a phone number for you which you can ring to give information.
Calls are free from landlines and mobile phones.
More details are on the Crimewatch website.
Time now for our CCTV roundup now and we've got some particularly
cunning crooks this month so keep your eyes peeled.
It is a rainy Wednesday in the West Midlands and this guy has come
prepared. He has an umbrella for the weather and Akgun for a bank job.
According to police he asks for cash in such a calm manner of the
customers next to him to not realise for some time that they are in the
middle of armed robbery. The cashier is forced to hand over money and
goes to leave. Not without his umbrella. Police believe that this
man is responsible for several other robberies in the area totalling
?20,000. If you want to see the full footage of all these incidents then
visit our website. And if you know who he is please get in touch.
Rush hour, outside the elephant and Castle shopping centre in south
London. Keep your eyes on the man with the phone. He is taking a keen
interest in the scooter rider preparing to leave. What happens
next is too shocking to show in full. Without warning, he lunges and
stabs the biker in front of terrified passers-by. The victim
runs inside to get help and is later treated in hospital for a large stab
wound in his back. Police say this is the suspect entering the shopping
centre before the stabbing. Take a long, hard look. Someone knows who
this knife wielding attacker is. He needs to be caught. It is the early
hours of a July morning. Add the chicken shop in Birmingham. A man
dressed in black enters the shop. Backwards. He turns and according to
the worker, shouts pi aggressively, a Hindi term for brother. The
customer pulls out a shotgun and fired it towards the kitchen
ceiling. He then runs away towards the park. Listen again. See if you
can recognise his voice. This man is armed and dangerous. Can
you tell us who he is? It's a perfectly normal day in Grimsby back
in March. Apart from these three men dressed in white boiler suits armed
with two hammers and a machete. As they start smashing their way into a
jewellers, a worker bravely tries to fight them off but is forced to
witness the shop being torn apart. The men break into cabinets and
window displays, managing to take nearly ?140,000 worth of watches.
When they have had their fill, they run back towards their getaway car.
Here they are a few minutes later, running away from the dumped car and
stripping off at the same time. Police want to find these men but
would also like to identify the man pictured here. He was seen in the
store just over a week before the robbery and may have vital
information. Get dialling if you can name any of them.
Call or text us if you recognise any of that lot.
Texts will be charged at your standard message rate.
And remember you can follow all of the developments
during the programme on our new live updates web page.
Six months ago, antiques expert Robyn Mercer
was found battered to death outside her family home in Surrey.
She'd been hit over the head multiple times with what police
believe may have been a type of machete.
Well tonight, detectives want your help to solve
DCI Paul Rymarz, who's leading the hunt for Robyn's
Talk us through what we know. At about 9pm on Sunday the 13th of
March, we believe that Robyn had gone outside to put something in the
bins outside the front of her house after a family meal. Her body was
discovered the following morning at 8:00am, at the end of the driveway
by the back gate. The postmortem revealed that she had been hit once
in the front of the head and then struck several times whilst on the
floor. We believe the weapon was some sort of acts or machete and we
are appealing for any information from anybody who knows anything
about that weapon to contact us tonight. A horrific attack on a
totally defenceless woman. Tell us more about Robyn. Robyn was
originally South African, well liked with a great social life. She was
well respected within the antiques world in London. She had worked for
the same family firm for 25 years and had become close friends with
the owners. And we can hear from the antiques dealer that Robyn worked
for and as you say, he was also a close family friend as well as her
boss. She had two lovely children who've lost a mother and lots of
lovely friends who have lost her. She was very important to all of us.
We have all been very upset. It would be a good thing if whoever is
responsible is caught. For us and the family. And there are two people
seen on CCTV that you want to trace. At about 9:35pm, CCTV picked up two
people walking across the Waltham Road towards Robyn's address. I know
it is not great quality but we are keen to trace those two people who
we believe are vital to our investigation. And you are also
looking for a dog walker who could be a witness? We believe there are a
number of people who would have seen those two from the previous CCTV,
including this man who is walking his two dogs nearby. Thank you very
much indeed. It is clearly vital that anyone with any information
calls on tonight, particularly if you have witnessed something or have
any idea why someone would want to harm Robyn. There is a Crimestoppers
reward of up to ?10,000 for information given to them which
leads to the arrest and conviction of whoever is responsible. I will
give you the number now: Well, we're here in Eltham tonight
asking for your help It was an extreme example of
what today we'd call a hate crime. The referendum in June to leave
the EU seemed to trigger an increase To explore what's been happening,
we asked one victim, whose experiences made news around
the world to investigate. Juan Jasso's film contains some
of the racist language which he and fellow victims
have been subjected to. I've been here longer
than you have... My name is Juan Jasso
and that's me in the clip. I've lived in Britain
for 18 years and work I want to understand why
I and others have become targets for abuse since the vote
to leave the EU. The British people have spoken
and the answer is, we're out. June 23th, 2016 - the day the UK
voted to leave the EU. Overnight the face of British
politics was transformed. But the vote also triggered a wave
of tension and hate. Hate that I experienced first-hand
just days after the vote. Straightaway I could hear a lot of
vulgar language coming from the second carriage, the carriage
towards the rear. I asked them, do you mind watching your language?
There are young families on board and I did not want to hear that
language. It was a bit of a shock. It instantly turned very nasty, for
whatever reason. I was left angry and shaken. But after they left the
tram, I thought it was over. And then about three and a half,
four hours later my phone just started ringing,
I got loads of text messages, this video had literally gone
viral within a few hours. While my story was making
headlines around the world, others in the UK were suffering away
from the limelight. Sadaf Akhtar experienced similar
abuse just three days after Brexit We both kind of came towards each
other, I was going to go left, We both had our windows down
and he used a really insultive gesture with his hand and basically
told me to "f off you Park "and to go back to
where I came from." I was really in shock and couldn't
believe what I just heard, For that moment I felt as if I had
been transported back to the 1980s and I was experiencing something
that I'd not experienced I felt slightly vulnerable
for a split second there, but that soon went away because it
takes a little bit more than that Fiyaz Mughal is the founder
of Tell Mama - an organisation set up to help victims
of hate like Sadaf. People spouting Islamaphobic abuse
paralysed the organisation by bringing down their phone
lines following the vote. Do you understand how hated you
really are in England? for about 10, 11 days,
we had to pull our phone lines out. Being targeted like that put us in a
position that we felt what a victim of hate crimes feels like.
Being alone, feeling as if the whole world
is against you and actually feeling extremely vulnerable.
It creates a sense of anger if you're targeted
If you're a woman, if you are disabled,
if you are a member of the LGBT community, if you're
black, if you're Jewish, if you are targeted
because of something which makes up your DNA.
Then it does create a sense of extreme anger in people.
Why was I targeted for something I can't control?
The hate has been directed at multiple communities including
I'm trying to be in the community quite often and show my face
and speak to the community so they know we are out
Polish PCSO Aggie Fisher is helping to ease tensions following a spate
of abuse and offensive letters targeting members of
One of those was 11-year-old Mateusz Welna.
That's rude, because I'm Polish and that's really sad for me.
It's horrible because I live in this country, pay taxes,
pay everything ? why must we go back home?
But several months on, the family has been overwhelmed by
You are saying that people are now nicer to you after what happened?
They are making you feel welcome. It was one stupid man, don't worry.
That is good, and it makes you feel better, that reassurance. This is my
time. I live here. -- this is my town.
Shocked by my own experience and hearing the stories of others,
I want to know what motivates people to behave like this and why Brexit
The lead researcher on Britain's biggest study of hate
crime victimisation is Dr Stevie-Jade Hardy.
In the build up to the EU referendum, we started
in ways which were incredibly negative, in ways that started
to present these communities as being a threat to our way
of life, to our standard of living and so that normalised it.
It legitimised it and it brought it to the surface and made people think
This feeling of legitimacy is something police
The referendum didn''t give anybody a license to commit a hate crime ?
It gave nobody a license to do that, there is no justification in this
country for any behaviour that is motivated by hate
or hostility, there is no justification for it at all.
We've got to be saying to ourselves why does this behaviour occur,
it's too late when the police are involved because someone has
already been victimised, they're already hurt,
So you've got to ask yourself, why homophobic behaviour,
why xenophobic behaviour, why Islamiphobia?
And see what we can do as a community to address those
issues before they become a hate incident or a hate crime.
One good thing that seems to have come from all this has been
an increase in bystanders coming forward to report Hate Crimes.
There is something positive, and I use positive in the sense
that the person taking the film feels comfortable enough
to take the film and secure enough to take the film to be able
to collect that evidence, then there is something good in that.
There is something positive in being an upstander.
It's about people saying I don't think this is acceptable.
As a nation we should think we are one body.
If your arm hurts or your finger hurts then
When we start working together we can move mountains really.
Because it's affecting, you know, our children's
future to some respect, but we'll get through this, we're
If you head to our website you can see more clips on the subject
You might want to know that victims of any crime can also
The hunt for the cold blooded killers of a car salesman.
Life taken away for no reason whatsoever. Just a good family man.
But we've got wanted faces first starting with 34-year-old
Michael Leslie Johnston, although you may know him
He was jailed for 17 years in 2009 for wounding with intent
But he's failed to stick to his conditions and is now
Johnston is missing an upper tooth and has small scars to the back
He has a Liverpudlian accent and links to the North West
But we've got wanted faces first starting with 34-year-old
This is Kassel Gayle, or Squid as he also calls himself.
He was arrested by detectives investigating drug dealing
in the Southampton area and released on bail.
He's described as being of heavy build and has links
Face number three is 23-year-old Talha Khan.
He was arrested by detectives investigating the kidnap of a man
and the assault of a woman in Grimsby, but failed to return
Khan also uses the names Alex, T, Jan and Riger and has links
to the West Midlands, Coventry, Nottingham,
Finally for now is 37-year-old Donald Joseph George Richardson,
although he also calls himself Donald Stewart, Mark Joseph Owens
He was jailed for five years after forcing his way into a woman's
Richardson was put on the sex offenders register, but has failed
to stick to his conditions and is now wanted back in jail.
His arms are heavily scarred and he has tattoos of the words Mum
Originally from Northern Ireland, he is known around homeless shelters
especially in Leeds, Manchester and Blackpool
If you know where any of tonight's faces might be
please do get in touch using the numbers on screen.
We'll go through the rest of the line up a little later.
It's just over a decade since grandfather Jim Stanton
was locking up at the garage where he worked in Aintree
on the outskirts of Liverpool, when two armed men burst
The case is all the more tragic as police are convinced Jim was NOT
That's where his life ended, in that car showroom.
And that's where all our lives fell apart.
He doted on his children, his grandchildren were his life.
Every time we'd be going on holiday he'd say to me, right,
which ones are we going to take this time?
We had seven grandchildren, another one on the way
and yes, his life was his grandchildren and his children.
In 2006 Jim Stanton was working at Aintree Commercial Vehicles
Jim was never out of work, ever in his life, he did everything.
He did all the advertising, he was a good car salesman,
He wasn't happy there, only I'd say a week before he'd gone
to look at a premises to then start up again in his own business,
On Monday July 24th 2006, Jim was shutting up shop
He would usually have finished earlier, but a few of his
I spoke to my husband about half an hour before the incident.
And he said, oh, I'm sorry, love, I'm going to be a little bit
As they were locking up, two armed men stormed into the yard.
The first few shots hit the showroom window,
before the pair moved inside and continued firing.
His colleagues ran for cover, but Jim who was sitting
I was driving home from work that evening when I got the phonecall
from his brother, to say that my husband had been
I remember them coming to say, quick, you'd better hurry up,
Going to waving him goodbye going out of the door in the morning,
And then lying there his life taken away from him for me
He was just a good family man taken from us.
It's been 10 years, but these two killers caught on camera
The motivation for their organised hit also remains a mystery.
10 years on, the anger is there, because my husband can't
see his grandchildren growing up, missing out on so much
You just want to try and not forget, but try and come to terms
with the situation, in a different way.
I honestly don't know how, but I'm sure if we did get some
Detectives are convinced the gunmen were targeting someone else.
An innocent man taken needlessly from his family.
remembered as a loving caring dad, granddad, friend, always.
Well, we're joined now by Detective Superintendent Dave Brunskill
You don't think Jim was the target, do you?
It's unclear who the intended target was.
What we can say is the gunmen indiscriminately entered
the premises and shot in the direction of all
of the occupants of the garage at the time.
It was clearly a planned attack and it's incredible that nobody else
Any idea why the business was targeted?
No, that's what I'd like to establish.
What was the motive, who were the offenders
responsible for carrying it out and who was the person behind it?
Do you think the people who carried it out were local and might
I believe they may well have talked about this.
Tell me about the getaway car they used.
That was a blue Toyota Avensis, it originally bore
Now that vehicle was stolen approximately two months before
the attack and I'm keen to know where that vehicle was, who sold it
There's then a link to another vehicle, tell us about that.
The Toyota Avensis was dumped in Blindfoot Road in the rural area
near St Helen's, where it was set on fire.
Now we believe that a black Vauxhall Vectra bearing
the registration number KN53 YHL may have been connected
Certainly 15 minutes after it had been burnt and set on fire
the Vauxhall Vectra was seen in the Latham Road area and we're
keen to trace the occupants and find out what happened to the car.
There's a large reward here isn't there?
Yes, Merseyside police have put forward a reward of ?20,000
for information which leads to the arrest and conviction
of those responsible either directly or indirectly.
If you have any idea who the gunmen might be then please call now
How detectives finally caught up with Melanie Road's killer thanks
to a breakthrough in forensic science.
I was sitting at my terminal and a message came from the laboratory, it
was a full DNA it. I was on holiday and it did not sink in. Suddenly it
hit me and I could not believe it. I was ecstatic. We have done it for
you, merrily. More wanted faces now
starting with Leon Davis. Detectives in Derbyshire
want to question him after two women One was also hit by a car,
suffering a fractured skull. Davis is 34 and has a tattoo
of the name Kelsea on his neck and a number of scars
on his right leg and arm. He has links to Derby, Nottingham,
London and Norfolk and is known to be a prolific user
of social media. Detectives want to question him
in connection with a number of thefts from jewellers
across the country. He's 31 and has a Liverpudlian
accent, a scar on the right side of his head and the name
'Kelly Hunter' tattooed He travels extensively by train
to Devon, Cornwall, Derby, Number 7 is Adjarho Akpomedaye,
although you may know him Detectives in Hertfordshire
want to question him in connection to over 100 bank accounts
which are believed to have received more than ?900,000
from cyber related fraud. Akpomedaye is 42 and he's originally
from Nigeria but now has links to Borehamwood,
Essex, Oxford, Newcastle although he uses numerous other
names, including David Kerrigan, James Dunn and the surnames
Crawley and Doyle. Detectives in Hertfordshire
want to question him in connection to a number
of distraction burglaries. Brown is 36 and has links
across the South East of England. He has a tribal tattoo
on his stomach and scars If you know where any
of tonight's faces are then get in touch
using the numbers on screen. And of course they're
all on the Crimewatch website. Now, the culmination of how
detectives solved one of the UK's Melanie Road was just 17
when she was attacked on her way home from a nightclub in Bath
in 1984. For three decades a killer
has hidden among us. So you get these hairs standing up
on the back of your neck and you're This is the inside story
of that investigation. On Friday the 8th of June, 1984,
17-year-old Melanie Road She left the nightclub at around
1.15am to walk home, The teenager was raped,
and stabbed 26 times. Heartbreakingly, her body was found
just 200 yards from her home Avon and Somerset Police began
a relentless manhunt, arresting 94 people
in their search for the killer. Extensive forensic work was done
around the offender's blood trail And the arrival of DNA into police
investigations in 1988 Scientists made full use of every
leap in technology and a partial DNA profile of the killer
was retrieved and checked Despite the setback,
25 years after the murder police were still determined to crack
the case, so turned to Crimewatch. If you had suspicions at the time
and didn't call the police, Investigators never anticipated
the result they would get. A witness who came forward
from Crimewatch, a very, very important witness that
came from Crimewatch confirmed really the age,
the height, the ethnicity He saw Melanie having
an argument with someone. And this was in the area
of St Stevens Road. He parked his vehicle up,
and as he was walking back, he sees the man who was arguing
with Melanie, running towards him. And the man he said,
he said to the man, "Did you just have an argument
with your girlfriend?" And the man said "yes",
and ran off down these steps, and our witness saw him go
all the way down these steps, He gave police a rough sketch
of the offender based on his memory It was a significant new clue,
but why was this witness not Detectives had in fact
come agonisingly close. In the days after Melanie's murder,
police made house to house Incredibly, those initial enquiries
had stopped just two doors away Just two doors away
from potentially That's why he was never identified
immediately at the time and a full He would then have potentially been
able to maybe produce a photofit of the offender while it was fresh
in his mind and who knows? Frustratingly, nothing came
of the sketch and the team The Melanie Road murder
investigation was fast becoming one of the most agonising
unsolved cases in Britain. For too long the killer had
disappeared under the radar but in 2009, Julie Mackay took over
as Senior Investigating officer and vowed that she would find him
and get justice for Melanie. Like everyone that
had gone before me and everyone who worked on it
at the time, I wanted to be part And I find it really difficult
to explain but as time I was going to solve it,
I had this gut instinct. We've got compelling evidence,
all you needed was the other bit that was going to join it up,
which was your suspect. The hard bit was, where on earth
were we going to find him, The hard bit was, where on earth
were we going to find him? The team turned to the names
linked to the original Based on all the information
gathered so far, they honed the list down to the most likely possible
suspects and visited them In the meantime, scientists
continued to work on extracting What struck me was the fact
that there was a swab that presumptively had tested strongly
for the presence of semen, but we hadn't obtained a DNA
profile as such from it. Another thing that became evident
to me, we didn't have the profile at that stage of Melanie herself,
which when you're trying to find the DNA of the offender,
you need to subtract Having built a DNA
profile for Melanie, forensic scientists used
a swab they'd had in storage since 1984 to finally obtain a full
DNA profile of the killer. In the intervening years, thousands
of new names had been added to the national DNA database
and a new technique had been developed to flag up possible
relatives of a suspect. What they'll say is the likelihood
of that suspect being linked to that person who's arrested is,
and then they give you a ratio. And what we do is look at that name,
say John Smith or Julie Mackay, so we look at Julie and think
OK, who is her Dad? We're looking for a man and we know
he's going to be older than her because of the age
of our crime scene and so we do A search of the database was made
in 2009 but it offered no matches And this time the results
were very different. On the top of the list
there was a female whose likelihood ratio was well over two times
the next nearest person. It's known in the business
as a screamer, screaming out at you that you must find this
person's relative to eliminate them. She was someone who was
on the parent/child list, The scientists said,
looking at this profile of this relative, 97.5% sure
it's going to be him, Some of our scene of crime officers,
one in particular was absolutely Which made all of us convinced
we were going to get a hit. Until the phonecall came
through and it was "this Someone said they'd stake
their mortgage on it Yeah, we were a bit
deflated on that day. This time they found an even closer
match to a potential I'm thinking, well, if this person's
even more likely then this has The other thing which stood out,
that person's place of birth, Bath. A woman had been recently been
arrested for a minor offence. Gary contacted her and she willingly
gave her father's details. I met him on the morning
of the 1st June. He came across to the car,
shook his hand, introduced myself. He behaved no different
to anyone else. He went off to work and they were
sent off within a few days, awaiting results. I was sat at my terminal
trying to attract more people down and the message comes up from the
lab. And suddenly it hit me,
I couldn't believe it, I was ecstatic, it was,
"oh my god, Melanie, The man the DNA profile belonged to,
and the one they'd been searching so long for was 63-year-old
Christopher Hampton. He was arrested on the 2nd
of July, 31 years after After killing her, he'd gone
on to marry and raise When questioned by police,
he refused to co-operate. Had you been expecting
this for 30 years? Did you honestly believe you'd got
away with the murder of a 17-year-old girl
in Bath back in 1984? It came out of the blue really,
I was like a dog with two tails when I heard this,
it was excellent. Hopefully after such a long time,
the family would get On the 9th of May, 2016,
Christopher Hampton finally As the judge sentenced him to life
in prison with a minimum of 22 years, he said Hampton had been "too
callous and cowardly" to come forward and put an end
to the family's misery sooner. He added that Hampton "will most
likely die in prison". After decades of torment
for Melanie's family, At the time, her mother Jean gave
this rare interview. Because I am 81, I thought I might
be death before it was finalised but thank God. I said to the police, I
will be 80 next year. If you don't find this man, I don't think I can
last. And you did it, didn't you? Thank you.
There is no getting over such a loss, such a death.
Since her death, she's been a statistic, a crime to be
But she's my sister, she deserved to be remembered for herself.
Not a single day passes without me thinking about her.
Over the years, many people played their part in bringing
Hampton to justice, often not knowing where their work would lead
In 1984, they would never have anticipated that we could have done
But what they did do was really good detective
work that set us up, so as the science developed
All that's happened over the years, a baton has been passed
We just happened to have the baton when we crossed the line.
Despite pleading guilty, Christopher Hampton has never
I'd like him to tell us what happened really,
what made him do that, was there something?
And could we use that knowledge now to stop that
But Hampton remains silent behind bars.
Just time before we go for a quick update on your calls with Tina.
Lots of calls coming in for the officers here. Chris is in charge of
the Stephen Lawrence murder investigation. Any new information
coming in? Some very interesting calls tonight and I am very grateful
for people ringing in. If anybody has got any specific information,
why the strap was at that scene, who is the female owner of that strap,
please ring in. Not necessarily a suspect. I must stress that. She is
a witness in their is no evidence to suggest a woman is involved in the
murder. And some key CCTV as well. Absolutely. If anyone can identify
the man in the distinctive green jacket, please get in touch.
Well, that's everything for now on BBC One but you can follow
all of the developments on our new live updates webpage.
Head there for the latest from the detectives as they chase up
all the calls still coming in behind me.
The phone lines stay open until midnight
Lots more to come next week including an alarming investigation
into why so many of Britain's youngsters are carrying knives.
I used to carry my knife basically for Security and influence. And it
always worked. I never used to leave the house without my knife. It was
like putting on socks for me. But for now, thank you so much
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Jeremy Vine and Tina Daheley are once again live from the location of one of the UK's biggest unsolved cases. They also have the very latest developments on last week's appeals.
This edition also features a special investigation into the rise in hate crime following the Brexit referendum and the concluding story of how detectives caught 17-year-old Melanie Road's killer after 31 years on the run.
The Crimewatch Update programme has been replaced with a new live digital platform linked to the show's website. It keeps audiences up to date with developments on the cases during and immediately after transmission and in the time between each episode.