16/09/2014 Crimewatch


A special edition of Crimewatch marking 30 years of crime solving, featuring new appeals and reconstructions and looking back at many of Crimewatch's biggest cases.

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A young woman raped by two men in a crowded field.


I was screaming, helped, get off me. I screamed as loud as I could.


Every moment, we wondering what happened. Tonight, police need you


to trace this man. We're live for


the next hour with the latest crime There are dozens of detectives


in the studio from across the country, all counting


on you to help solve their cases. Including an incredibly violent


raid on a family home in Kent. Where is it? There were three,


young, fit blokes. All they had to say was, don't move, if you do move,


we will hit you. But they didn't give us the option.


I'll have my latest collection of faces.


Including this man - who is wanted in connection with


an incident in which a stolen BMW was deliberately driven at a man


And marking three decades of Crimewatch, we'll be going back


to meet some of the victims and survivors from our biggest appeals


The moment I knew she was alive, it changes everything. You think,


right, you have got to be there for her. I haven't forgotten about the


past. I know how your life used to be, but I have to think positively


and don't dwell about it. Motorsport is hugely popular


across the country, but if you aren't a fan you might not realise


that many race meets are more like mini festivals - with music,


fun fairs and overnight camping. The vast majority who go have a


great time of course, but tonight, we need your help to catch not one,


but two rapists, who attacked a This is the Santa pod Raceway, the


home of British drag racing. A former American airbase on the


outskirts of Northampton, they've been racing cars here since the 60s.


These days, it attracts a family crouched all sorts of events,


including the annual Dragstalgia event in July. It is dedicated to


classic drag racing and hot rod cars. It drew thousands of


spectators from all over the country, with many camping the whole


weekend. One local woman was there to enjoy the day, while her friend


worked on site. I'm not a massive fan of drag racing but as my friend


was there working, I decided to join them. I watched the racing from the


top of the hill. Most people were at the track because the cars were


doing their burn out. As the day's racing came to an end, she made her


way here, to the busy bar area, to spend time with a friend. At about


9pm she started speaking to a familiar face, a man she knew as


Darren, and his friend, Pablo. The bar was very busy. Darren and Pablo


started talking. Darren said he was getting married in two weeks' time


and they were having a good time. After a while, Darren's friends


disappeared, leaving the two of them chatting. I've met Darren before up


there. He's not a friend or anything, I seen him there before


with his family. Around 1am, the bar was starting to close. Are you sure


you know the way? Because Darren couldn't remember what his tent was,


she walked with him to the campsite to try to help him find it. Their


route took them through the fairground area, which was now


closed. We were looking. We must have been looking for about 15


minutes. It was pitch black. I was using the torch on my phone. It had


better be this one. We got to his tent and we stumbled a little bit. I


asked if he was all right. He said, yes, he was going to go to sleep now


and I said, OK. I zipped the tent back up and left. As she went to


find her way back to the bar, she became disorientated in the


darkness. I sort of stood there for a second. I knew if I walked towards


the main gate I knew where I was. I would have been not even two minutes


away. SCREAMING. I sort of stumbled, then


there was a pain in my head, someone ripped out my hair. I was


screaming, help, get off me. I screamed as loud as I could. One of


them ripped my clothes off. The other one pinned me down. Then he


raped me. He then held me down, while the other man raped me.


This is the field where the attack took place. This field was full of


tents on the day in question. It was heaving. They were packed in quite


tight. There were caravans, camper vans, 4000 race fans here. So for


the victim, making her way through this field, she may not felt


threatened, just that she was a bit lost, but what route would she have


taken? She have felt fairly safe. You don't have to go far to find an


area pitch black. She came down from over there and wandered through the


middle of the field. Coming down and round, we believe Darren's tent was


somewhere in this area here. She lost her bearings a little bit and


was making her way back to the main bar area up there, where she had


come from. Because of the noise and comings and goings, people would not


have realised that the noises they may have heard were the noises of an


attack. Witnesses have told us there were a lot of people that night. It


was warm. People were sitting around fires and barbecues, generally


enjoying themselves. But there was a reasonable amount of noise, so it's


green may not have been heard and may have filtered into the


background of all the other noise made that evening -- so a screen may


not have been heard. I don't leave my house by myself. I get, like,


really bad night terrors and my partner has to wake me up every


night just to make me realise that I am at home and I am safe. You


shouldn't have to hide away. If they were caught, I'd feel safe. I'd be


able to leave my house without anyone holding my hand.


Detective Inspector Jerry Waite from Bedfordshire Police is here.


Firstly, important to say Darren who the victim led back to his tent


and his friends are vital witnesses, not suspects, in this case.


Yes - we are desperately trying to find


Cink-macro it was Darren's start night. His friends, Pablo, had a


unique name. They were vital witnesses. There were many other


people there and you want to hear from them. People may not have


realised what they were looking at, but they could be vital witnesses.


Let's focus on what we know, let's look at the locality and the areas


you are interested in. Santa pod it on the Bedfordshire and


Northamptonshire border. It is a bit racing venue. The victim walked


through the fair from the bar area into a field. We need to trace


exactly where in the field Darren's tent was, because it will help us


locate where the scene of the crime was. You are looking for a


particular car. We are looking for a 1 series black BMW with purple


wheels, a fairly unique vehicle. But it was on the site from 6pm on


Saturday night and left at 8:30am on Sunday morning. The people in that


vehicle are vital to our enquiries. New-found leggings, an important


piece of evidence? We did, we found the victim's leggings in a bin bag


in a skip. If someone put them in there, we would like them to come


forward and let us know where they found the leggings. Thank you for


updating us. If you can help, call us.


If you have photos, or video of the event, there is a special e-mail


address to send it to. The details on our website.


This mobile phone footage shows a stolen grey BMW estate being


deliberately driven into a man in Bournemouth, three weeks ago.


Police believe that the man driving that car was 32-year-old Cambage -


He has links with Dorset, Surrey, Kent and London.


There's a reward of up to ?3,000 for information


Fortunately, the victim escaped without serious injury.


Next is Salah Hadi, who is also known as Salam Hadi Ali.


Officers want to speak to him in connection with the attempted murder


of a man during which the victim was slashed across his face and neck.


35-year-old Hadi, who is Kurdish, has links to Norwich,


He is considered to be dangerous so if you see him don't approach


The 42-year-old is wanted on a recall to prison after


He was originally sentenced to 12 years for armed robbery.


Lawrence has links to the Dagenham and Romford areas of London


and is known as Wingnut because of his distinctive ears.


However, don't be fooled - he's considered dangerous,


so if you see him or know where he is, call police straight away.


Lastly for now is Stanislaw Pinior - who is usually known just as Stan.


Detectives need to trace him in connection with a fraud


which saw more than a dozen victims conned out of more than ?200,000.


The 45-year-old, who is originally from Poland,


has connections in Oxfordshire and Berkshire, but is known to


He's a big lad at 6ft 3ins and has tattoos all over his back and arms.


All the faces are on the website and if you know where they are call


Texts will be charged at your standard message rate.


Just over a fortnight ago, 14-year-old Alice Gross spent


the morning with her mum, before heading out for a walk


Apart from some grainy CCTV images taken that day,


As you'd expect, Alice's family are extremely worried.


The last two weeks have been completely heartbreaking. There is


not a moment of the day that you don't think about Alice and where


she is, what might have happened, or why she might have gone missing. It


is almost impossible to describe what that pain feels like, but we


just want her to know, please, Alice, if you are out there, come


home, and if anyone has any information at all about her


movements on that day, or about her whereabouts now, I would just really


plead with them to come forward to the police and get her home. Because


that is where she belongs and she needs to be here with us.


DCI Andy Chalmers from the Met is here What's happened


Yes - we have to treat this first and foremost as a missing person


inquiry, but the longer Alice is missing the more seriously


Alice spent the morning of Thursday August 28th with her mother.


After lunch, Alice's mum left for work.


Alice herself headed off from the family home in Hanwell


for a walk along the Grand Union Canal - which she often did.


Talk us through the route she would have taken.


Alice left her home here and walked all the way down to Brentford, where


She then started to make her way back the way she had walked earlier.


The last time we have a confirmed sighting of her is here


We don't know where she went after that.


And she was captured on CCTV along that route?


Firstly, at Hanwell Station - you can see She's wearing blue slim-fit


We think she's wearing her denim blue Vans shoes and she is carrying


her black Vans Rucksack which has a multicoloured pattern.


This is her at Brentford lock - at 2:15pm.


Three quarters of an hour later she texted her dad to


That's the last contact her family had with her.


There is a man you are keen to trace? This is 41-year-old Arnis


Zalkalns. He went missing seven days later from the same area. In the


early morning of the 4th of September he left home to go to work


on his red Mountain bike. He hasn't been seen since. His normal route


would have been along the part of the canal that Alice went missing


on. There is no suggestion that he knew Alice, but clearly he is


someone I meet to speak to. You may important information. There are


five other cyclists who were on the towpath that day. You need them to


come forward? It was a busy time of the towpath. Her possessions? We


found her bag five days later, on bank of the River Brent. It


contained her lunchbox and shoes, but not her iPhone. I am keen to


speak to anyone who may have seen the bag. Not the iPhone. Tell us


about the iPhone that is missing? It is a white iPhone 4S. It had a


cracked rear case in which Alice had coloured in. She was in connection


with the Internet throughout her walk, but it went off air at about


5pm and has not been used since. I am keen to speak to anyone who may


have possession of the iPhone. I do not mind how they got it, I just


want the iPhone. You want to know who she may have been speaking to on


the phone, online? Her Internet history is an important line of


enquiry. I need to speak to anyone who may have spoken to her on chat


rooms or media sites. If you can help with the search for Alice in, I


would urge you to get in touch on the usual numbers.


Thai police have released a Si si image of what they describe as an


Asian looking man who they want to trace. Today,let families of both


victims paid tribute to them. CCTV. A have-a-go hero has foiled a daring


jewellery raid by snatching more The quick thinking customer was at


Selective Gold in Birmingham on the 26th August, when the four masked


men with sledgehammers struck. The bag the hero snatched back


contained an estimated ?50,000 worth of stock, though the robbers still


got away with around ?30,000 worth. Police want to trace the five


offenders who pulled up outside the jewellers in a stolen silver


Audi RS. If you can help,


officers investigating the case are A heroic teenager has been given an


award for his bravery after helping officers restrain and arrest a man


who became violent. Britain's biggest and longest


running crime show has featured almost 5,000 appeals in that time


from every single UK police force. Amazingly, thanks to information


from you at home, around 1 in 3 of the appeals leads to


an arrest and 1 in 5 a conviction. You can help stop crime. It's a


programme embedded in Britain's consciousness. Tonight, once again,


we are asking for your help. It put hundreds of criminals behind bars.


This is a nasty piece of work. Given justice to victims and their


families. We've had a phenomenonal response. And it's been on air for


30 years. This is Crimewatch. For three decades, viewers and police


have been working together. The vital clue, which you can help with,


are these overalls. We featured the high-profile crimes that have


shocked the nation. And thanks to you, hundreds of investigations have


been solved. The object was pure public service broadcasting it


really was. Let us see if we can do something to help cut crime. It's


about real-life crime, not the stuff of fiction. The first show wasn't


without its fair share of setbacks. They walked down to the studio and


all the set was in kit form on the floor. Bits of wood, nails, hammer.


With 15 minutes to go the controller of BBC One came down on the set and


said - you have to get on the air. Eventually, in the ear piece, we're


on. Clear the set everybody. Clear the set! 4, 3, 2, 1. We were off.


You may find some details disturbing. Crimewatch made it on


air on 7th June 19 84. If you see anything tonight that jogs your


memory please call us. We hope to see immediate results. We thought,


what if nobody rings? 20 minutes in I looked round and thought - thank


God a phone was going. Viewers were instantly hooked. Don't have


nightmares. We were offer and running. The lines were jammed by


the end of the programme. They had to double the lines for the next


month. Soon all police forces were coming to Crimewatch with their most


serious cases. The The programme was yielding results. Any


identifications of the car that night Yes. Several calls from


people. CCTV, e fits and artist impressions were shown to jog


viewers' memories. With millions of people watching, officers realised


they could speak directly to key witnesses.


An early success was the conviction of the man who murdered Julie Dart


and kidnapped Stephanie Slater. Crimewatch called on the public to


help piece a number of clues together. This time police had more


than artist impressions to go on, his ransom demand had been recorded.


For the first time you can now hear what he sounds like. Have you got


the money? Who is this please? Never mind. Have you got the money?


Investigators in the studio were given a name. Michael Samms in jail


tonight starting four life sentences for murder Julie Dart and kidnapping


Stephanie Slater. By now the programme was a recognised tool in


solving crime. Presenters changed and the style of the show evolved,


but the core values remained the same. Good evening. We go back 20


years to a murder case. Nine arrests... Jill Dando joined in


1995. Over the next four years was a much loved member of the team.


Good evening. A massive police hunt is underway tonight in West London


for the killer of Jill Dando, who was murdered earlier today outside


her terrace home in Fulham. This is a sombre, and, for me, a surreal


Crimewatch UK. For all of us here it can be gruelling coping with crimes


against strangers it's been almost unbearable dealing with Jill's


death. Shock isn't the word. The idea that she had been murdered was


almost incomprehensable. The whole team was in a state of trauma. We


have had a phenomenonal response on the Sarah Payne Reconstructions can


be case. A powerful way of telling viewers about the victims and events


leading up to a crime. They can also reach out to people who may not have


otherwise come forward with information.


When seven-year-old T Toni-Ann Byfield was killed in a gang land


shooting police asked Crimewatch to launch an appeal. We tried to pull


at the heart strings and say, enough is enough. It's time for bed. We


want more information about an incident that happened... A


seven-year-old girl being murdered, in London, in gang-related crime,


being shot and executed has got to be something that the community


wants to come forward and deal with. As a result of calls made to the


programme Smith was jailed for life for murder. If it hadn't been for


Crimewatch that case would never have been solved. In another


shocking case, there was the murder of Heather BA rnett. The


reconstruction gathered important evidence. It's not until you go on


Crimewatch that you suddenly, suddenly we were getting 500 people


coming forward to give information. 15-year-old mis-Mo Bourner was left


with severe brain damage after he was attacked during a night out with


friends. He has been making a slow, but determined recovery since. It's


been emotional. I woke up on a hospital bed. The investigation had


stalled and we were short of some important and vital evidence. We


made a decision to approach Crimewatch to see how they could


help. Several callers got in touch to name Mo's attacker as Ashley Di


Costa. He was convicted. Get that out of my face now. Obviously


without a conviction for us it would have lost so many open, raw wounds.


You can actually make a huge difference through watching


Crimewatch and through reporting anything back to them that you feel


might be relevant to the case. People wanted for murder, robbery


and kidnap. A case that has really made the headlines this month, the


murder of Melanie Hall. This is the scene. She was barely visible and


had lain unseen for several days. Crimewatch is now such an


institution it regularly makes the news. They have been filming for


Crimewatch, that is where Joanna Yeates stopped on her way home on


the night she disappeared. When the Metropolitan Police asked us to put


together an appeal on the Madeleine McCann case the headlines spread all


over the world. They will be asking the British public for help tomorrow


night. Here on BBC's Crimewatch. BBC Crimewatch reconstruction. This case


has, over the years since Madeleine disappeared has been the subject of


intense media coverage. Some of that coverage has not been factually


accurate. We could piece together the time line in terms of the


evidence we accumulated. To be able to reach out to the public helping


them to relive that Let us focus moment. On 10.00pm. Let us focus on


that sighting and tell me what is important... On the night of the


broadcast it was an unprecedented event for us. The public watched the


programme in their millions. They called into the show in their


thousands. Amongst all of that information we got some really


interesting leads. We were actually in the studios when the programme


went out. We witnessed the calls coming in. As soon as the appeal


started the phones were ringing. I was surprised after the length of


time, six-and-a-half years, and multiple appeals, can we get more?


The format of the programme. The way the information was delivered meant


people who had really relevant information came forward.


After 30 years, and 320 programmes, Crimewatch has featured more than


4,500 cases. How is the show put together? Where ever possible,


filming takes place in the actual locations where crimes have


happened. There is nothing more important than having accuracy in


the reconstructions. They have got to be as close as possible to what


we think are the facts of the case. On the day of the broadcast,


officers are briefed on all the cases. There may be 40 or 50


different pieces of a appeal going out throughout the show. Each of the


leads for the cases gets to stand in front of the police and Crimewatch


team and give detail about what it is that the investigating officers


is looking for. That is is an important element of the show


itself. As the show begins, the phones are live. It's astonishing


how quickly the phones ring in the studio. Time and time again it's a


formula that works. Dangerous criminals are behind bars. Thanks to


you, Britain is a safer place. This time with a brutal burglary


at a family home in Kent. Balaclavas a baseball bat and they


had a sledgehammer. That's coming very soon, but first


Martin has his latest batch of CCTV. We start with a pair


of chancers trying their luck It's early on a Saturday morning in


February. This rather aerobatic chap is making his way, carefully, into


the back corridor of an amusement arcade in Sussex in Crawley after


sawing a hole in the ceiling. He is not alone. His friend joins him a


few moments later. Armed with a torch, the pair make their way into


the main arcade area, crawling along the floor to avoid the motion


censors. It's a shame they weren't diligent to the security cameras


which capture their every move. They set about the machines, emptying the


cash boxes. They systemically work their way around the arcade, netting


themselves more than ?40,000 in the process. When they're done, they


crawl back the way they came, leaving through the hole in the roof


where police believe a third man had been keeping watch. Now, it's odds


on that someone recognises these chancers. So don't take the gamble.


If you know them, tell us who they are tonight.


Inside the Halifax bank and Blackburn town centre on a Tuesday


afternoon in May. A man is being served at the counter. He is


withdrawing several thousand pounds in cash, which the bank clerk gives


him in a white envelope. Little does he know he's being watched intently


by two women, one in a bobble hat, and one in a dark coat, who appear


to be chewing. When he leaves the bank, the women follow just a few


seconds behind. They stay close to him as he walks through a nearby


shopping centre. And when he enters WH Smith, the younger woman makes


her move. Slipping her hand into his pocket and having the envelope,


before hurrying off. The police know the old woman is called... But they


need you to name her bobble hatted sidekick and to tell us where they


both are. A man wearing pale trousers and a leather jacket walks


into the O2 shop in high Road, North London, on a Friday morning in


March. Shortly followed by a guy in ripped blue jeans. The pair walk


over to the display and start to fiddle with the handsets. They seem


to be under the impression that this is a takeaway. Watch, as one of them


prizes are thrown off its stand. He then joins his mate and together,


they take another one. The guy in the blue jeans casually slipping it


into his pocket before they leave. They took three handsets worth


?1300. Police are linking them to at least 17 other jobs. Give us a call


and name these sneaky phone thieves tonight. If you need another look,


all the CCTV is on the website. Call and text the numbers on screen if


you can help. Calls are free from most landlines. Some networks and


mobile operators will charge. Take a look at these photographs


here. They show


the horrific injuries inflicted on a husband and wife by a gang who


raided their home late at night. Without warning,


the thugs battered the couple using This dangerous gang needs to be


caught tonight, I can still picture them. Hitting my


husband. All they had to say was, don't move, but they didn't give us


the option. Those ten or 15 minutes has changed our life for ever.


This is where we have lived for a long time, where we have


entertained, our daughter has grown up here. It is our palace, really.


Open countryside, a house we always dreamt of. We worked hard for it. We


made our home. I got home a bit earlier from work, late afternoon,


we went out for a walk. Just before 7pm. We had our dinner. We sat and


watched telly. We went to bed just before 10pm.


SMASHING GLASS. I heard a crash and thought it was an accident outside.


I heard voices, people walking around. In 30 seconds, they were


upstairs. Where is it? The first thing I remember was being struck


across the face. Three blokes, balaclavas, a baseball cap -- a


baseball bat, and they had a sledgehammer. They didn't demand


anything at first. They hit us. Might teeth fell out and my jaw was


broken. I thought I was going to lose my husband. Other than that, my


mind was none. There was one chap who was the leader, if you like, and


he was the one that did most of the physical damage to myself and my


wife. One guy, going through the cupboards, I could see from the


corner of my eye, and the other one was asking me, gold, money. Where is


the money? He said repeatedly, two or three times, and before I could


answer he would... I remember coming downstairs and trying to dial 999. I


dialled the first digit of blood was pouring so much. Then my wife took


the phone from me. What has happened? They came in, they


hitters, they broke into our house. They broke into your house? We are


both bleeding, my husband and myself. I had multiple fractures on


the right side of my face. Inside, I have no feeling. Some of the feeling


may take 18 months, or may never come back. They cracked my eye


socket, my cheekbone, and they broke my jaw. My nose is broken. This I is


not reacting as it should be. -- eye. I can't read properly. There is


three young, fit blokes, what am I going to do in terms of threatening


them? All they had to say was, don't move. If you do move, we will hit


you. But they didn't give us the option. There was no need for it. If


they had asked me, I would probably have handed it over to them. You


can't put a price on life. Disgraceful. If you want to get in


touch with any information on this particular crime, I should tell you


right now we have had to change our number tonight because we are having


problems with the phone lines. This is the phone number tonight.


Texts and e-mails are working on the same address as normal.


DS Richard Spicer from Kent Police joins me know.


Jas summed it up there in the film, they simply didn't have to use any


The level of violence and the injuries sustained were savage.


It's likely from the couple's account that one gang


member was far more violent than the others, indeed the other two may


The couple say that one may have darker skin, and all


Well, they did take some distinctive items.


Including Indian gold, which had been kept in an old cream


This particular necklace had a letter R on a circular pendant


The family's British passports were stolen, along with other


The names recorded include the victim's Kulbir Kaur Upaul


It's highly unlikely they got away on foot, you can see from this map


the area it's fairly remote, we're sure they would've needed a vehicle.


We're asking anyone who may have seen a suspicious vehicle


in that area specifically High Cross Road in Southfleet to get in touch.


a particularly horrific attack, it will have a long-lasting effects?


Yes, it is good to see the recovering now but it will be


long-lasting emotionally and physically. It was an awful attack


on them. There is a reward? ?5,000 for anyone who can give is positive


information that leads to the arrest. Thanks. With your help,


hopefully we can get these thugs behind, where they belong. Call us


in the studio. Let me give you the number again:


And if you yourself have been a victim of crime there's


More faces, starting this time with Sarbaz Ali.


Detectives need to trace him after he did a runner from


Hove Crown court a fornight ago during a lunch break.


The 28-year-old was then convicted in his absence of the rape


and sexual assault of a man in Hastings in February 2013.


Ali is originally from Iraq but has links to Burton on Trent and


Newark and may well be working as a barber or in fast food restaurants.


He absconded from HMP Sudbury in April where he was serving an


eight-and-a-half-year sentence for causing death by dangerous driving.


Casey was responsible for the death of 50-year-old father-of-two


29-year-old Casey has a number of tattoos including a cobra


and the name Popeye, with RIP and 26/07/2011, on his right arm and


He has links to Leicestershire and Swansea


and is considered to be dangerous so should not be approached.


And finally we have this pair - Mark Daly and Carol Canham.


Police want to speak to them about a burglary in


which more than ?20,000 worth of jewellery and property was stolen.


They're a couple so are likely to be together.


43-year-old Daly, who has links to Coventry and Leeds


- has a large tattoo on his back with the names Lucas


Whereas 48-year-old Canham has links to Beverley in East Yorkshire


She's described as having a Yorkshire accent.


Call and text on the usual numbers if you


Living with murder - a father talks about


the moment he came face-to-face with the man who killed his daughter.


I went to the magistrates court and I heard a lock open, like a big


slide lock. I heard footsteps on the stairs. I knew that it was him. I


couldn't breathe. I couldn't see, I couldn't think. It was an absolute


psychological breakdown. But first, time for some updates


on previous cases. We've heard just a sample of some


of the great results you've helped deliver down the years tonight,


so let's bring you up to date with the very latest starting with


a case we featured last year. 27-year-old trainee accountant


Atif Ali was shot as he drove to He suffered a serious injury to


his leg and almost died. Well, in the last few weeks three


men have been found guilty They were all convicted


of conspiracy to murder The court heard that one of them,


28-year-old Shahzad Mahroof had arranged the shooting


because he wanted a relationship Next, Dean Smart,


who was on the board in March. Police needed to find him


after an extremely violent robbery at a holiday park in Devon


during which the victims were Well after his face was shown


on Crimewatch he was located Last month 27-year-old Smart was


sentenced to eight years in prison. Finally we have Howard Blackman He


was wanted for a variety offences including drug


dealing, money laundering and had Well after our appeal detectives


received a tip off and he was Last month he was sentenced to five


years and three months in prison. And he will be deported


when he's served his sentence. Fantastic - and yet more evidence


of what a difference now, we often get phone thieves


caught on CCTV, but this first pair have taken things to the extreme, by


making mobiles worth almost ?200,000. A man who might be wearing


awake and his mate, who definitely isn't, walk through the security


gate of a mobile phone factory in Ashford in Kent on a Thursday


evening in June -- wig. The white jackets the pair are wearing similar


to the uniform worn by the factory workers, enabling them to walk


around unchallenged. They make their way onto the factory floor, before


entering the manager's office. While inside were they fill up two


holdalls full of the latest models of mobile phones. They casually


stroll off with their loot, before leaving via a fire escape. They


nicked phones worth up to ?200,000. Pick up yours and tellers who are


tonight. A stocky man in a grey and white rip


curl hoodie walks into a bank in Bushey in Hertfordshire in April. He


strides up to the counter where he hands the cash year a green Marks


and Spencer bag and a note demanding thousands of pounds. Woman tries to


stall for time. The man threatens her. She fills the bag and hands it


over. He leaves quickly, walking off up the high street. This man stole a


lot of money and threatened to hurt a female bank work ir. Who is he? --


worker. This is the backyard of the Grand Stand restaurant near Newton


Abbot racecourse it. Was a bank holiday. It seems there is no rest


the wicked. A man, wearing a dark hoodie, gloves and a clown mask,


climbs over the wall and into the courtyard. He finds an open door and


makes his way inside. He has a wander around. He comes across two


female members of staff, who were preparing for breakfast. He marches


them towards the manager's office waving a large knife around as he


does. He demands they open it. The women explain they don't have the


keys. The knife man orders them back to the restaurant area where one of


the women runs off to raise the alarm. The thwarted thief is forced


to leave with nothing. Now, he might think he is a bit of a joker. But we


need you to name this sinister clown tonight.


If you can name anyone featured in tonight's CCTV, please get


Over the past 30 years, Crimewatch has featured 758 murders.


It is of course the most devastating of crimes, but somehow families


and friends have found the strength to talk to the programme


about their grief and to appeal for help to catch the killers.


We usually speak to them in the immediate aftermath


of their loss, but have you ever wondered what happens next?


How they survive the years and decades that follow once


I didn't feel that I wanted Lin and Megan right close at hand. This


beautiful spot is about 10 miles from where we live. So I don't have


to be reminded constantly, but their memory intrudes every day,


something, you know, will bring them back to you. Your wife and children


are cut down in a cornfield on a Sunday day in Kent. Middle of


nowhere. Last place you would expect to have something like that, and the


circumstances, you know, not a fevered killing, but a sitting them


down and blindfolding them and then beating them to death with a hammer.


It's just incomprehensible. I was almost Dee lorious and saying


that there was no point in me going on. There's nothing left in my life.


There must be a quick and easy way out. But the moment I knew that


Josie was alive, suddenly it changes everything. You think, right, you've


got to be there for her. Shaun's eldest daughter, Josie, had been


attacked along with her little sister and mum. Josie had severe


head injuries, miraculously she survived. I used to get people


saying, you are so brave, Josie. The newspapers said that. I don't really


understand why they say that because I haven't done anything really that


brave. I've just got better. Josie is now 27 and is building a career


as a textile artist. I like people to say to me that I'm, oh, you're


the famous artist, aren't you, Josie? I like that. I'm not a famous


artist, I'm an artist making my way in life. But, yeah, I definitely


like people saying that now. Not saying, you're the little girl from


the newspapers. I don't like that any more. If I say that I'm thinking


of the future and thinking positive, it doesn't mean I've forgotten, I


haven't forgotten about the past. I do think about it. I think of the


happy memories and things. But, yeah, I don't like thinking about it


too much or anything. Some people, some newspapers said that I'd


forgotten stuff about the past, or something, but I hadn't. Maybe I


told them that. I haven't at all, or anything. I know about how life used


to be, but, yeah, I have to think positive and don't dwell about it.


Very good. She doesn't come across as a victim, but I don't like people


to think that she's come out of it unscathed. You have to remember the


toll that it took on her life and what might have happened otherwise.


Michael Stone was convicted of murdering Lin and Megan Russell and


the attempted murder of Josie. He's serving three life sentences. I'm


sure that I would be just as upset if I'd lost my family in a plane


crash. Somehow I constantly think - it needn't have happened. Someone


has done this out of evil, out of total lack of empathy with a fellow


human being. You're left grasping for something that's just not there


and you're never going to find it really. Why did this happen? Is --


why did this happen? As a dad I haven't got much left her life. I


keep all the things to record she lived and what happened to her. A


lot of stuff I keep in there. It's very difficult for me to read them.


But I keep them there as an archive. It will probably always stay as an


archive. Three-year-old Francesca died after an arson attack. The rest


of the family escaped, she was trapped inside. There is an


overwhelming flashback all the time of, you know, the way the last image


I have of Francesca, which affects me every day, you know. It plays on


my mind, the last time I saw her. The devastation that she experienced


as a three-year-old child. The things that you go asleep on. The


first thing I wake up thinking about, I think about her all day.


Last thing I go to bed thinking about. I dream about her. In 2009,


44-year-old Graham Heaps was jailed for life for starting the fire which


killed Francesca. If you come into this space, we have Francesca's Star


Zone, which is a soft play area... Ciaran has dedicated himself to the


Francesca Bimpson Foundation to provide support for other families


affected by serious crime. You choose to live on. Everyone can give


up. It's quite easy to just lose faith in humanity. I did do that for


a certain extent of time. Then you wake up and say - what about my


children that survived? You owe it to your loved ones to live on. I've


choose to keep my daughter alive through what I put in place. It's


very poignant to be surrounded by the image of your daughter, but it's


very comforting to know she's all around. It's like an emotional


blanket to surround yourself. Sometimes people might think it's


suffocating. I think it's comforting. This is my daughter's


play room. As you can see, she's not short of a thing or two. She has


some stuff in her bedroom as well. She's well looked after, that's for


sure, on the playing front. Yeah, and she has got all of this stuff


because, you know, she's the absolute point of my life now and I


find it incredibly difficult to say no. Paul Bowman's six-year-old


daughter is the focus of his life. His other daughter, Sally Anne, was


murdered in 2005, weeks after her 18th birthday. I wouldn't say I'm


over protective. I try to be as normal as possible. It's difficult


because I do have an awful sort of thing in the back of my head that,


you know, my daughter will not get to adulthood, as Sally didn't.


You have been told she has been grabbed by someone and stabbed to


death. This is the last-minutes of your daughter's life. Did she feel


pain? How long did it take? Did she suffer? All those sorts of things.


Who did it? Why? Where is he? I can be driving along, having quite a


good day, all of a sudden, bang, it will just enter my head. It's as if


I was there. In my mind, for a few seconds, it's as if I was there and


just standing there. And not being able to do anything. 37-year-old


Mark Dixie was found guilty of Sally-Anne's murder and jailed for a


minimum of 34 years. I went to the Magistrates' Court. I was sitting in


there. I heard a lock open, a slide bolt open. It came from downstairs,


a set of stairs to the right hand side. I heard footsteps on the


stairs. I knew it was him coming up the stairs. And at any minute would


actually be in the same room. And, I've never felt anything like it in


my life. It was ridiculous. I couldn't breathe. I couldn't see. I


couldn't think. I didn't know who I was, where I was, or what I was


doing. It was an absolute psychological break down. For Paul


Bowman hit the hardest once his daughter's killer was convicted. I


didn't want to survive or be here. I don't know if I didn't have enough


courage or what. I couldn't actually commit suicide, but dying seemed a


really good thing to do. There was quite a bit of drinking going on. A


fair amount of drug taking and a fair amount of involvement in very


dodgy people. There was an absolute downward spiral. I know that the


drop down there was immense, like falling off a cliff. I just can't


remember whether I climbed back up slowly or bounded back up. I just


can't remember. I know I did. Otherwise I wouldn't be here now. I


don't speak with any kind of acceptance whatsoever. To me, it's


still horrific and it's still disgust gusting, but I can't allow


it and him and his actions to destroy me any more. I allowed him


to do that for a while. I'm determined he won't win this war


with me. I will live as decent a life as I can with what has happened


and with what's in my head am Life doesn't end when we lose our loved


ones. It should continue in honour of our loved ones. I just want to


let people know how I am now and how normal I am and that my life is OK


and happy. She definitely doesn't ever look back or want to talk about


it or think about it. She just wants to get on with life and enjoy


herself. So, yeah, I think we could all learn from that.


Thank you to everyone who talked to us for that film for Crimewatch. I


should tell you, briefly, on the double rape case tonight we think we


have had a very significant call from a key witness. We believe that


Darren has called in. In fact, he is talking right now to one of our


investigating officers. Apologies again with the problems with the


phone numbers. Please call the new number: If you can help, please do


call in. From everyone on Crimewatch, your calls make a


difference. We will see you again next month. For now, bye, bye.


A special edition of Crimewatch marking 30 years of crime solving.

Since its first broadcast in 1984, Crimewatch has appealed for help with thousands of cases, including most of the major crimes of the past three decades; from the bombing of the Grand Hotel in Brighton in 1984, the kidnap of Stephanie Slater in 1992, the murder of James Bulger in 1993, the murders of Lin and Megan Russell in 1996, the shooting of 11-year-old Rhys Jones in 2007, the disappearance of Madeleine McCann in 2007, the disappearance of Claudia Lawrence in 2009 and the murder of Joanna Yeates in 2010.

To date, Crimewatch has featured over 4,500 appeals including 758 murders, 339 rapes and 926 robberies. Every UK police force has appeared on the programme. The types of crime featured have been incredibly diverse, ranging from money laundering, kidnapping, hijacking, paedophilia, people trafficking, drug dealing, rioting, terrorism and drug dealing.

Crimewatch's impressive track record shows that around 1 in 3 cases featured lead to an arrest with 1 in 5 leading to a conviction. Given the appeals usually relate to harder-to-solve crimes this demonstrates the remarkable impact of Britain's armchair detectives.

Alongside new appeals, reconstructions, wanted faces and CCTV this special programme looks back at many of Crimewatch's biggest cases and hear from former presenters Nick Ross and Sue Cook about their years at the helm of Britain's biggest crime show.

The programme also returns to meet some of the relatives and survivors of Crimewatch appeals past to see how their lives have moved on. Amongst those featured are Kate and Gerry McCann, Shaun and Josie Russell and Sally Anne Bowman's father Paul.

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