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.