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Two six-year-old girls sexually assaulted at Legoland.
You just wouldn't think there was another adult in there. The spike in
knife crime. I never used to leave the house without any knife. It was
like putting on socks for me. And criminals openly dealing drugs on
our streets. Live from Thames Valley police head
quarters, this is Crimewatch. Good evening. Welcome to Crimewatch.
Tonight, we are coming to you live from Thames Valley police's head
quarters in Oxfordshire, the force is investigating the horrendous
sexual assaults of two six-year-old girls at Legoland in Windsor last
month. With your help, we can find the person responsible. First
though, Jacques Delors Tina Daheley is here with what else
we need your help with tonight. There is the murder of Dorothy
Leyden. Plus, we will have the story of how detectives set about
investigating a pair of shockingly violent, but seamlessly motiveless
murders in Colchester. Two young people have been brutally murdered
in the first town. The first was unusual for Colchester. To have a
second murder in less than three months was extraordinary.
It is just over a month since two families met up for a summer holiday
treat, a day out at the Legoland resort in Windsor. But for all the
wrong reasons it turned out to be a day they would never forget. In the
following film, the two mothers describe what happened when their
two six-year-old daughters were sexually assaulted. You may find
some of the details upsetting. In the middle of the school
holidays, two mums arranged a family day out, so their children could
spend some time together. To protect the identities of both families
their words are spoken by actors and their names have been changed.
If you ask Abby, who is your best friend, it is Emily.
They are a bit the same as each other. There's never an argument,
nothing at all. They are just good friends.
The two families were close and the six-year-old girls had been looking
forward to their day out together. They did a bucket and spade list of
what they wanted to do in the summer holidays and Legoland was on there.
For the next few hours, they explored the park and they were not
alone. Around 14,000 people visited Legoland that day.
Just before lunch time, the two families arrived at a pirate themed
section of the park. They had all spotted the play area.
The Castaway play area. We must have arrived at 12. 15. It
is ideal for children because they don't need to have sun cream and all
that. It is a dark, shaded area. It was very busy, so we stood and
then we hadn't had a drink or anything.
It was our opportunity to get a cup of tea.
Hannah walked over to a nearby kiosk and joined the queue, while Laura
stood guard at the entrance of the play area.
I wasn't concerned about them being in there. I was concerned with one
running out and getting lost. Laura was at the entrance to catch them.
Those were my words to Hannah, I will wait here because there's one
way in, one way out. That's it. It didn't cross my mind to follow
them inside. I thought I would have got stuck.
You just wouldn't think there was another adult in there.
I saw Abby and Emily - they were with each other.
And they ran into the furtherest tower. I watched them run in there.
While they were inside that tower, the girls were sexually assaulted.
They came running out to me. Abby said, that man's just hurt my
minnie. I said, OK. What do you mean? She
said, "Yeah, he put me on the slide. I didn't want him to. And I told
him, you're not going to help me go up on the slide." I asked Abby, and
she showed me and it's not how you help someone on the slide.
He cradled her between her legs. So, he put you on the slide and then
he banged your minnie. I said, did he say, sorry? She said, "Yeah and
then he wanted to kiss it." At which point my heart just raced.
She said, "He pulled my trousers down." At that point, I could have
just cried. And then Abby then disclosed that he
had pulled her knickers down too and given her a kiss down there.
Those words will haunt me, coming from your six-year-old daughter.
Laura took Abby to get help from nearby staff.
Not realising that Emily had also been assaulted.
I said to the kids, where's Laura. And they said, a man's touched Abby.
And I said to Emily, did he touch you? And she said, he touched my
bottom, but he didn't do that, what he did to Abby.
So, I've thought she meant that a dad has given her a push huff up. I
said, on your -- a push-up. I said, on your shorts, she said yes. On the
inside or outside of your shorts? The inside of my shorts.
The assaults have had a lasting impact on both families.
They just can't erase it from their memory.
They are only young. We'd know what really happened. So it is affecting
us more than it's affecting them. After it happened, I know Hannah is
the same, you just beat yourself up. The two girls described their
attacker. But he has not yet been found. I
have gone over this in my head. There was no way in or out of that
park for our children. There's no way in or out of there
for him. He's gone past me. She will, I am
praying and touching wood, get over this. That it's not going to affect
any, you know, potential relationships that she's going to
have. I've never felt so much hatred for anybody in all of my life.
It's not going to go away until they've caught him, then it's just
going to go on and on and on. It's never going to go away.
A dreadful case. We will go through the appeal points and see how you
can help in just a moment. But first, I went to look at the scene
itself with the lead investigator, agenting DCI Andy Howard. It
happened at Castaway cam in the pirate shores area of Legoland, just
outside of Windsor. This is the Castaway Camp at Legoland. That is
right. One of the mums was behind us here getting tea. That is right.
Taking the opportunity to grab both mums a cup of tea. The other mum was
standing here, making sure that nothing went wrong. Absolutely.
Stood here by this barrel. Looking into the play area. Concerned in
case the children ran out and got lost among the crowds. It is
surrounded by a fence which is six-foot high. It is very hard to
get in and out unless you go in through there. There is only one
exit. There is a fence around the perimeter. If we go to these white
turrets. From the girls' description we believe it is this white one in
front of us. Did they run from him or him from them? The girls
described running out to find their mothers. We don't know which way
he's left. Looking around you get around to the idea that he's
probably gone out that way? That is the natural entrance and exited to
the play area. Andy Howard is with us now. We saw where the attack
happened. Tell us what you know about this offender? A white male.
Approximately five foot eight. In teens to early 20s. Clear skin, with
grey flexes and -- flecks and clean shaven. You hope that people in
Legoland that day might have taken photos and video footage?
Absolutely. Over 14,000 people visited that day. Did they see
anyone acting suspiciously. If they were in the area of Castaway Camp
from midday to 1pm on Thursday, 11th August, I am interested for them to
look at their photos and videos. Extensive CCTV enquiries are on
going. These photos or videos may be vital. Do you believe there could be
other victims? It is an active line of inquiry. It is something we're
looking at. Our inquiries suggest that this male was talking to other
children in the area prior to these assaults. He was possibly offering
to lift other children on to the play equipment. I would like to
reassure the public this type of incident is very rare. This was a
very serious assault on these two girls, wasn't it? He has pulled down
the trousers of one girl and placed his hands down the trousers of the
other. In both cases he's touched their genitals. How are they doing
now? Both have been brave. This has been an extremely distressing
situation for them and their families. Both families have
provided extremely strong support to the children and they have been
fully supported by the police. It is vital we catch this offender, to
prevent him from re-offending and bring him to justice. It is over to
you now. Please take another look at this e-fit. We need to know who this
man is before he does it again. If you can help with a name or have any
images from the day call now on:
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Time for this week's crimes caught on camera. Starting with a
particularly violent assault. It is late Sunday night and people
are outside a bar in Liverpool. I have lens is about to disrupt the
mood. A man is head butted with such force, he's catapulted from the
entrance. He falls to the ground. The two assailants keep going. One
stamps on his head. The other starts to throw punches. Luckily some
people tried to defend the unconscious man. One of the men
still goes back for another kick. The two louts eventually leave and
head towards Queen Square bus station. The victim had to be put
into a medically-induced coma. Fortunately has since made a full
recovery. Don't tolerate such sickening violence, call us now.
This couple and their young daughter are having a look around a jewellery
shop in Leicester. The man asked the assistant if his partner can try on
a bracelet. But look closely. While he is distracting the shop
assistant, he is swiping a ring from the Cabinet. Have a look again. They
quickly make their excuses and leave. The shop assistant later
realised that a ?4000 ring had been taken. The pair are said to have
Irish accents. Do you recognise them?
We are at the bookies in Cambridge. It is quite late so you have to be
buzzed in if you want to place a bet. That these guys are not waiting
and kicked the door open. One wields a machete while the other one shouts
demands for money. The masked raiders follow the shop assistant
into the office. They grab as much money as they can get them it's fun.
-- as they can get their hands on. Take a closer peek at them. They run
away with nearly a grand's worth of stolen wages. Someone must recognise
them. Cast your mind back to December of
last year. These two men are wandering passed the entrance of a
business park in Crow Marsh, Crow Marsh Gifford, Oxfordshire. When
they next appear they have had a costume change and they are wearing
matching tracksuits and caps. It looks like they are trying to work
out how to get into the office block. Moments later, they are in.
They make threats to the petrified staff members. One of them snaps and
expensive laptop in half. The intimidating duo cause ?3500 worth
of damage. If you know who they are, pick up the phone.
Please call or text if you can name anyone we have just shown. Text will
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developments on our programme on our new live updates web page.
As you have seen, shocking crimes caught on camera, something
Crimewatch has been highlighting for many years. The next crimes we are
going to show you were also caught on camera. They are not violet but
they are alarming. DCI rate Hugh Lynn from Avon and Somerset
Constabulary is here. These are about drugs, aren't they? -- DCI Ray
Hulin. These are about people dealing crack cocaine and heroin on
the streets of Somerset. Let's have a look. This was Ryan Love. He
thought it was acceptable to deal drugs on the streets of
Weston-Super-Mare. He is currently serving 2.5 years in prison. This
chap is Paul Clarke. He is serving three years in prison for similar
activities. So you have caught them with some surreptitious filming and
they were bang to rights, but I know you have got more footage which you
think people may be able to help with? We have six people we need
help identifying tonight and two of those are caught on video here. It
is open dealing of crack cocaine on the streets of Weston-Super-Mare and
also Yeovil in Somerset. There is a good image here. I know what has
worried local people with what we have just seen is just how open it
has been, is that right? That is right. Really open dealing. An
increase in violence and we have been responding to those concerns.
Do you believe the gang members themselves are local? We have some
activity from London, a number of people we are looking for at the
moment will be from London, including those six individuals we
are about to see. These are the people we still want the names of.
With the exception of the gentleman with the hooded tops in the middle,
I believe the other five are from North London and are a notoriously
violent gang. Thank you. Do take another look at the video and still
images on our website. If you recognise them, get in touch. Also,
if you have been a victim of crime, you may want to speak to Victim
Support. Sometimes, it does not seem as if a
week goes by without news of more stabbings. What is worrying is some
of the victims and offenders are just teenagers. It is three years
this week that 18-year-old Joshua Ribera was stabbed to death.
Tonight, his mother Alison investigates why knife crime is so
prevalent among young people. Baldwin suffered one stab wound. In
ten minutes he died on the streets -- Godwin. I don't understand why
somebody could have taken his life for no reason. These people don't
realise what they have done, what they have done to family, friends.
Your child dies, part of you dies. Your heart and nothing will make it
OK. After falling for years, knife crime
is on the rise. These are four of the victims stabbed to death by
other young people. But why are so many of Britain's youngsters arming
themselves with knives and why do some kill? It is an issue which is
close to my heart. It is hard to put into words what Joshua was like. He
was very sensitive. He got himself into trouble, got himself arrested
and then he found music. Within a few months of starting he was on
radio one Xtra and then decided to release an album. In July 2013,
Joshua's album 2Real went to the top of the iTunes wrap charts. On the
20th of September 2013, Joshua went to a memorial event for a friend who
had been fatally stabbed the previous year. Whilst at TC 's
nightclub in Selly Oak Birmingham, an argument started between
18-year-old Armani Mitchel and Joshua. Just before 11pm, CCTV
captured the moment that Joshua left the club. He was followed by
Mitchell who lunged at him and stabbed him through the heart.
Joshua was taken to hospital where he was operated on but at 5:58am the
next day, he passed away. He was just 18 years old. As his mum, you
lose you. Your child dies, part of you dies. Your heartbreaks and
nothing in the world will make it ever OK. I spend a lot of time
talking to young people about the effects of knife crime and it seems
to me that carrying a knife has become the norm. But what drives a
teenager to carry a knife? One person who has more idea than most
is 26-year-old Tyronne. As a kid, he was part of a notorious gang in east
London. Road-macro when my mum was in charge of all three of us, my
older brother and sister. I was the youngest. I felt neglected but I
don't think my parents were aware of that. Tyronne lost interest in
school and instead turned to a life of crime. I was doing everything I
shouldn't do, dealing drugs, stealing from shops. With my
brother's friends who were older than me, I was influenced by them.
When they showed me 400 or ?500, it is difficult to not want to be
around that. I used to carry my knife solely for the means of
security. It always worked. I never used to leave the house without my
knife. It was like putting on socks. You have to be really cold hearted
not to lose sleep or give a dam over the stabbing of another human being.
I have been the victim of a stabbing before. These guys were going for my
head. It is excruciatingly painful. From using a knife to having one
used on new, it is a big psychological blow. It opens eyes to
the risks of what you are doing. In the last year, police recorded
28,000 offences involving a knife or a sharp instrument, a temper cent
increase on the past year. Things are particularly bad in London,
where the lives of 15 teenagers were travelled by knife crime alone. I
have travelled to Barking where the police's Trident team are tackling
the problem. They search for hidden knives to confiscate. Local youths
hide these knives if they have trouble in their block or their
local estate. If you look across London, we recover knives every
single day. That is the sad impact of it. Every knife we remove is a
step in the right direction. It is not the total answer to it and I get
that, however, it is a key part of it. I know better than most that
these victims are not statistics. They are loved family members. We
are their mothers. At 15, Alan Cartwright is one of the youngest
victims of knife crime, and his family are still trying to come to
terms with their loss. These people don't realise what they have done,
what they have done to family or friends. You just think about going
to walk through that door and having to come to terms that they are is
probably the hardest wing. I did not know what to do! I was lost. Just
couldn't understand why somebody could take his life for no reason.
The emotions of the anger and sadness and the loneliness as well.
And the depression that you go through. Just thinking that he is
gone and he is not coming back. Words cannot describe it. OK, thank
you. We have all heard the politicians'
opinions, but what do we as mothers think is the answer to knife crime?
Personally, I think the way forward is education. Going into the schools
and talking to young people about it. The effect of carrying a knife,
and consistent intervention as well. We parents need to stop hiding,
because we know our children are doing things out there which is
wrong. There is a lot of peer pressure on children who have older
siblings who have been in trouble, so you need to get into schools for
the younger children, and sit them down and say, you should not pick up
a knife, talk to somebody. Tyronne knows that change is possible. I
love my life now and a lot of it is to do with this organisation. I do a
lot of boxing training and I participate in personal development
groups. If I had not turned things around, I would be dead. I have
buried four of my friends. What made me change my life was hearing my
friend's mum cry over her son's body. That is the one that made me
think, I don't want that for my mum and I don't want that for myself. I
think all the other kids should think the same. Wise words there. I
have just been in the Crimewatch van and I know the phone lines are very
busy right now, particularly on the Legoland appeal. Please, if you have
got something to tell us, please keep trying to get through, we do
urgently need your calls. Still to come tonight, a family's 45 year
search for justice. Dorothy Leyden was just 17 when she was raped and
murdered in Manchester in 1971. I just went out playing and when I
came home, my mum called me to the living room and told me that Dorothy
had been beaten and she had died. We start with Mateusz Zbigniew
Madej. He was released on police bail, but did not return for further
questioning. He 22 and originally from Poland. He has numerous
tattoos, including these on his arms. He is described as dangerous.
If you know where he is dial 999. Faces two and three are linked. This
is Paul Michael Silverthornsy. He failed to turn up to his trial in
may for child sex offences. He was found guilty in his absence. He is
36 and from Canada, with a north American accent. He is believed to
be with this woman, 31-year-old Leila Kassam. Although she calls
herself Lexy. Kassam failed to turn up to her trial and was sentenced to
four years in prison in her absence for child sex offences. Kassam has
linked to London. Although originally from Norway. She often
dyes her hair different colours. Finally for now we have Simba
Setwali Shakes. He was due to appear before Grimsby Crown Court in
connection with a Robbie in which a couple were threatened with a
firearm in their home but did not turn up. He is 28 and has a West
Midlands accent. He has links to Grimsby and Birmingham. If you know
where any of the faces might be, get in touch using the numbers on
screen. We will go through the rest of the line-up later. This year
marks 45 years since Dorothy Leyden was murdered. The 17-year-old from
Manchester was on her way home from a concert when she was brutally
attacked. Tonight, we hear from her sister and an appeal for help in
finally bringing her killer to justice.
Dorothy Leyden had been ed and murdered.
-- raped and murdered. Dorothy was the eldest of seven
children. She was just a lovely quiet young girl.
She loved fashion and hair dressing and make up. She would make her own
clothes and just loved everything that she wore. When she got paid she
would go and buy new clothes or make her own clothes. She loved fashion
and music. On Saturday, 24th April, Dorothy had
gone out with friends to watch Motown legend Jimmy Ruffin at the
Golden Garter nightclub in Wythenshawe. Jimmy threw his towel
into the crowd and it was caught by Dorothy. Later that night Dorothy
and her friend shared a taxi. You don't have to go all the way to my
house.ly get a night bus from Piccadily Gardens. It will be
cheaper. Her friends lived in a different direction. Dorothy got out
in Manchester City centre at 2. 30am. Police dethen think she
decided to walk home. It was on this journey she was murdered. Her body
was discovered behind the new demolished Spread Eagle pub. The
towel from the concert was found 30 yards away. I remember the police
coming to the front door. I just went out playing and when I came
home, me mum called me into the living room. I think she told us
all, one at a time and just told me that Dorothy had been beaten and she
died. A major police investigation was
launched. But the killer was never found.
And the investigation was eventually closed.
That was until 2004. My mum had died. We were sorting out
her house and all the things. We found a suitcase with Dorothy's
things and newspapers in it. So we read them all. And we asked the
police. So, they reopened the case. Dorothy's family believed she was a
victim of notorious serial killer Trevor Hardy, known as the beast of
Manchester. He had been convicted in 1967 for the murders of -- 1976 for
the murders of three others in the area. Forensic scientists were able
to check the evidence for DNA. They found a full produce file, but it
was not Hardy's, which meant Dorothy's killer was still out
there. I couldn't believe it. It was, now it had been left all these
years and something could have been done earlier if we had known that it
wasn't this person. And maybe they would have been caught by now.
Dorothy's family is still searching for answers.
It is just always there in the back of your mind. You always think about
it. Always. It never goes away. I feel sick, really, knowing that they
are still out there. I don't understand why nobody has been
found. She's never had a holiday abroad,
never had children. Not seen our children, our grandchildren. My
sisters and brothers. Our nephews and nieces. She just missed out on
so much. Such a sad story. We are joined by
DS Julie Adams from Greater Manchester Police. What do you know
about what happened that night? She had enjoyed a Really fun evening
with her friends and arrived at Piccadilly bus station at 2. 30am.
The plan was she would get the all-night bus home. Then she decided
to walk that route. It is during that journey that she was attacked.
As you can see on the screen, now she was attacked in the Spread Eagle
pub car park. She was attacked, raped and brutally murdered and the
offender was aged 20-30 at the time. So would be in his mid-60s to 70s.
We think all her belongings were still with her when she was
attacked, is that right? There was money. Her purse was in tack. A
necklace she was wearing was damaged. There is a picture from the
crime scene shown there, from the time. We believe this was sex ally
motivated. Were there any events going on that may give people a
sense of when it was? The UK census that the day her body was found.
People may well remember filling in the paperwork. Jimmy Ruffin had been
playing in town that night, which was a pretty unusual thing for
Manchester at the time. People may remember that concert and her death
was high news at that time. Now, amazingly, you have got DNA of what
the person you think attacked and murdered her. We are really
fortunate to have that DNA profile of the kill frer the crime scene.
What we need the public's help with is to put names to that DNA profile.
45 years is a long time. People's allegiances change. Relationships
change. We are asking the public now, anybody they thought was
suspicious at the time but they felt uncomfortable to ring in, we ask
them to and it might help solve the crime. Dorothy's mum and dad never
got to see who killed their daughter. As Julie says 45 years is
a long time. Dorothy's family do need answers. You saw them in the
film. If you have the vital information police need to bring her
killer to justice, please pick up the phone and call now on
08085600600 Or if you prefer you can call Crimestoppers anonymously. They
are on: The phone lines are busy. You can
text and e-mail us as well. Andy you are taking callses on the sickening
Legoland assaults. A positive response. 20 calls received already.
Lots of names and lines of inquiry. One particular call we have just
received from a lady who was at Legoland on the 11th has seen a male
very much fitting the description of a person. It appears to be a
confirmed sighting. A white male. Five foot eight. Aged in teens to
early 20s and clean shaven with grey flecks in his hair, wearing dark
trousers. Keep the calls coming in. Still to come tonight, the moment
all detectives dread, the realisation they might not solve a
major case. Everybody who works on a murder
investigation is 100% committed to to doing the right thing by the
victim and their family. As the weeks turn into months, in the back
of people's minds they always wonder whether or not this will be the job
where we cannot get justice for the victim.
More wanted faces first. Starting with this man, Rosemary Bell. He was
jailed for eight year -- Christopher Bell. He has failed to stick to his
conditions and is wanted back in prison. He is 27 and has a
Liverpudlian accent. This is the 1-year-old Hancock -- 21-year-old
Wesley Hancock. He has failed to stick to the conditions of his
release. He has a large scar on his stomach and has links to Kensington
area of Liverpool. He is described as dangerous. If you know where he
is, dial 999. This is Rosemary Senior. You may know her as Rosemary
Bell, or Rosemary Ward, detectives in Hertfordshire want to question
her in connection to a number of destruction burglaries. She has a
burn mark in the shape of a smily face on her left arm. She has links
across Bedfordshire, London and Cheshire. Finally, this is Ilia
Vanov Popov. Detectives want to speak to him in connection with an
assault in which a pregnant woman was spat at. He is 42 and has
connections across London and is known to visit churches where free
meals are offered. He has a Bulgarian accent. If you know where
any of the people are use the numbers on screen and they are all
on the Crimewatch website. Some updates on previous cases now.
Officers say they've had a significant amount of information
which they are currently reviewing following last week's renewed appeal
on the Stephen Lawrence murder in Eltham, South London. Detectives say
they are happy with the response but are still urging anyone with further
information to come forward. Back in 2012, we asked for your help
to find who killed Bradford grandfather Butch Clement Desmier.
He was stabbed including 70 wounds. This man was convicted by a jury at
Bradford Crown Court of his murder and sentenced to a minimum of 34
years in jail. Nathan Jefferson who pleaded guilty
was jailed for 16 years. You may remember this CCTV we featured ohhed
of a man stealing laptops from bars in London. You told detectives who
he was. And sure enough he admitted seven thefts was was jailed in May
for seven years. Plus, your information has helped put more
wanted faces behind bars, including this man, Bruce Brewer. He was
jailed for seven-and-a-half years in August for the indecent assault of
two young girls. Your called led police directly to him and we have
this woman who we featured in February, she was arrested after
seven months on the run. She is serving five-and-a-half years for
people trafficking. All great results.
Now, in April, 2014, we appealed for your help following the horrific
murder of father of five Jim Attfield in Colchester Essex. He
stabbed 102 times and left to die in a local park. What followed was one
of the biggest investigations in Essex Police history. Good morning
to you. Welcome along if you have just joined us... It is Radio One.
Many murder inquiry is under way after a man died in a park in
Colchester. He was found in Lower Castle Park. A murder investigation
is under way. On 29th March, 2014, the people of Colchester, Essex,
woke up to news of a brutal murder in a local park. It was something
that you just wouldn't imagine happening in Colchester. And, yeah,
I was staggered when I heard and taken aback. Breathtaking. I was due
to start work at 8am. I took a call from the senior investigator asking
me to go in because somebody had been killed. It seemed apparent from
the initial briefing this was a big investigation.
The victim was 33-year-old Jim at field. He was friendly. Everyone he
met love Tim. Very polite, wicked sense of humour. -- Jim Attfield.
Jim was living in sheltered accommodation. He was rebuilding his
life after being involved in a road traffic accident some years earlier.
He was interviewed by a charity to help people with brain injuries. My
mind works all right, but my body sometimes lets me down. Some people
say you have a disability, you must be stupid.
He was so determined to get better and do as much as he could. We were
all very proud of him. But who would want to hurt this vulnerable man?
Detectives quickly began to build a picture of his last movements.
Jim went out during the day and did some bits of shopping. He went to
the bank. In the evening he went to a couple of places for a drink. He
drank in the River Lodge in Colchester. The thing that stood out
for us which was slightly unusual is that Jim had had conversations with
a number of bar staff in the pubs he had been in the Etihad not finished
his last pint. That stood out to staff as being unusual. Normally he
would finish his drink and say good night but he didn't. We know that
Jim made his way through Colchester town centre and he made his way to
the riverside path. It is not clear what time he arrived at the path
exactly what time he was attacked. But it is obvious that Jim was
subjected to a truly horrific ordeal.
He had been stabbed in excess of 100 times. There were a number of
defence wounds to Jim's hounds so clearly, he tried to fight off his
attacker or attackers. Jim's body was found a number of hours later by
a member of the public as she made her way to work. Paramedics attended
but sadly, Jim was pronounced dead at the scene on the riverside path.
I have not seen injuries like that during an investigation that I have
been involved in. He looked like he had gone through a lot that night
and we needed to stop this person from being able to attack again. Was
just after midday when there was a knock at the door. There were two
police officers and they came in and asked me to sit down. All I can
remember basically is a scream and I didn't realise it was me. There was
a real mood of shock and disbelief, but was this a one-off? Why had this
happened? We all thought there must be emotive. There must be a reason
why somebody has carried out such an attack on somebody else. It was a
very vicious and brutal attack but there was no clear motive about why
Jim had been targeted. Jim had no enemies. There was nothing to
indicate that he had been involved in any argument or that any property
had been stolen from him. It was at the forefront of our minds, had Jim
been selected as a victim at random? From the outset, we started that
physical search and forensic search to help gather vital clues to help
us identify the killer or killers. We seized a huge number of items.
Within those first few days there came -- it became clear there was
not that single piece of evidence and there were no witnesses that
came forward. The scene itself evidentially was very difficult.
There was no obvious murder weapon. There was no item which has been
left by whoever has committed this offence. It is outdoors, it is the
end of March. There was no DNA which gave us the potential identity of
the offender. They were left with only one clue. We did have a
footprint in blood which we had to try and identify who that belonged
to. But who had left it? The answer would surprise everyone. With no
clear motive and little evidence that the scene, the picture of a
suspect was hazy. We knew we had captured one footwear Mark within
the scene in Jim's blood but that did not mean there was only one
person present. It was a very neutral investigation. Normally you
have some kind of idea about who you may be looking for but this could
have been pretty much anyone. It felt like we were missing something,
missing a piece of the jigsaw. It was essential to us that we built a
picture around local people who had committed offences of violence where
a knife had been used and that reveal 330 people we wanted to trace
and interview but the number could not be eliminated. During the early
stage of the investigation there were a number of arrests, a number
of people were released on bail pending further investigations. A
huge trawl of CCTV was also carried out in the area. We recovered
hundreds of hours of CCTV. That revealed hundreds of people whose
identity we did not know. It was vital we were able to trace those
people because they may hold vital evidence about who was responsible.
Some did come forward, but detectives still needed names. They
turned to Crimewatch. Thank you for joining us... As was
the case, the response from viewers was fantastic. We received a number
of calls identifying people in the images and a number of people in the
images came forward to speak to us. While that did not give us a vital
piece of evidence, what it did was help build a picture of who was in
the area and who else they might have seen. As time went on, many
were identified, but it didn't bring them any closer to finding Jim's
killer. Everyone who works on a murder investigation is 100%
committed to doing the right thing by the victim and their family but
everyone is a human being as well and we become frustrated that
perhaps this is the enquiry we cannot solve. As the date turns two
weeks and the weeks terms two months, it is a whiz in the back of
your mind whether this will be the job where we cannot get justice for
the victims. -- it is always in the back of your mind. You always wait
for that call where someone gives you that golden nugget of
information which changes everything. Enquiries continued.
Then on the 17th of June, three months after Jim's death, came the
news which would radically change the course of the investigation and
rock the town of Colchester. I had been working on chimp of the murder
investigation from day one and had been working on it for about three
months. That day, I remember the SIO coming into the office and saying
there had been another murder in Colchester. I could not believe it
had happened. My first thought was, not again. Is this link? Is there
something we didn't do? I went straight up to the scene because
this was at 1030 on a summer's day on a well used path between the park
and university. A 31-year-old woman had been stabbed to death. It was
clear that she had been the victim of a vicious assault. She had
significant injuries to her face. She had been attacked as she walked
along the path. Nothing appeared to have been taken from her. Her bag
was still there. Again, it was unclear what the motive of this was.
Two young people had been brutally murdered in the same town. The first
murder of Jim was incredibly unusual in Colchester. To have a second
murder in less than three months was extraordinary. It was a moment of,
have we got somebody here who is going out and killing people? More
from the team at Essex Police on that investigation next Monday. Just
time before we go to check in with Tina. It has been incredibly busy on
the phones. Andy, you are investigating the horrific sexual
assaults at Legoland and you have had potentially a strong lead? We
had a call from a member of the public. They were there at the time
and they have checked their photos and there is a photo of a male in
the background will stop it is a white male, five to -- five tall,
clean-shaven with grey flecks in his hair, wearing a dark T-shirt and
trousers. The particular area you are interested in is the Castaway
Camp. Between midday and 3pm. You are appealing to anyone who has
photographs of the two to get in touch. I would urge people to send
in photographs. Thank you. Ray, earlier we saw shocking footage of
drug dealers dealing in broad daylight. What has come in for you?
We have had specific information. We have names and dates of birth for a
couple of individuals but we need the calls to keep on coming because
we have a couple of people we need to identify but a fantastic
response. Thank you very much for your calls.
Keep them coming. That is everything now on BBC One. You can follow all
the updates on our live updates web page. Head there to see the latest
as the detectives follow up all your calls. Please keep dialling if you
can help. Next week, we will have information on a previously
unidentified body found in a North Wales forest.
I walked about ten or 15 yards away from my brother and I found some
bones on the floor. We were able to work out that the individual had
suffered serious head injuries which led us to treat the case as a
homicide investigation. That is coming next week, Monday at 9pm on
BBC One. For now, thank you for all of your calls. It is really busy in
there. From everyone here at Thames Valley Police headquarters, goodbye.
Sir Terry was the ultimate master at talking to his audience.
He comes from a country where the national hobby is talking.
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 recent spike in knife crime, particularly involving teenagers. Alison Cope, whose son Joshua was stabbed to death in 2013, explores why so many of Britain's youngsters are arming themselves with knives.
Plus there is the inside story of how detectives caught a schoolboy killer. Double murderer James Fairweather was just 15 when he stabbed and slashed father-of-five James Attfield more than 100 times in Colchester in March 2014. Three months later, Fairweather went on to murder 31-year-old student Nahid Almanea, who was found stabbed to death on her route to university.
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.