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Whole and welcome to Inside Out from Huddersfield. This week, we
investigate whether evidence which sent a man to the gallows was in
accurate. 60 years on, a medical expert cast doubt on the key
witness statement. A I would have said do not contemplate using this
as evidence in court. Also tonight, Christmas shopping. We return to
the market town of Dewsbury at what should be the busiest time of the
year. So sometimes I wonder if it's worth bothering. Stuart taught
returners to Yorkshire to relive 60 years ago, two policemen were
shot dead and a far more called Alfred Moore was trained for his
part. But now it appears that the key piece of evidence in the case
for the prosecution could have been unreliable. I am about to meet a
woman who is searching for justice for her father, 60 years after my
was hanged for murder. Tina Harris is back in Huddersfield.
She was born here, but she does not have happy memories.
Tina's father Alfred Moore was convicted of a terrible crime -
killing two police officers. But we have found fresh evidence
which suggests he could have been the victim of a tragic miscarriage
of justice. My think it is very distressing. I think there is the
case for a thorough review of the evidence. I think it was an
injustice that he lost his life at the hands of the hangman. Her
For Tina, the memories of what happened to her father have never
gone away. Life was very difficult. Be faced poverty and life for me
was turned upside down. Huddersfield in 1951, the scene of
a crime which shocked the whole of Britain.
Two police officers were shot dead just outside the town. It happened
near this farm, where Alfred Moore lived with his wife and four young
daughters. Tina and I have come to the field
where the policemen were killed. Does it feel strange coming back to
here after all this time? He yes, it is very emotional, both good and
bad. Tina's father was a poultry farmer,
but he was also a part-time burglar. While the police were carrying out
a surveillance operation on his house, an inspector and a constable
were shot dead. It was a night-time mission that
went terribly wrong. Eight police officers, unarmed and
in plain clothes, were waiting around Moore's farm. They believed
he was behind a spate of break-ins at local shops. We wanted to catch
the people early in the morning. Moore said he had been to his
brother's house and walked home on his own at midnight, without seeing
anyone. But two hours later, two of the
officers came across a man in a nearby field.
Moments later, one of the policemen, Inspector Duncan Fraser, was dead
and the other, PC Gordon Jagger, was dying. From the start, he was
identified at as the killer. It looked like an open and shut case.
But it now appears there are serious flaws in the evidence
against him. Steve Lawson is a former detective
who has reinvestigated the case. Overall, there are that it be any
discrepancies, that I do not think Alfred Moore was responsible.
At the start, there was little evidence against Moore. The gunman
carried his weapon in his coat pocket and was said to have run
towards Moore's farmhouse, but no forensic evidence was found on
Moore's clothes or at his home. Patrick Robertshaw is a retired
judge. He has got serious concerns about the case.
At the time of the shootings, Moore's house was already
surrounded. No-one could get in or out.
For weeks afterwards, there was a massive search. The army were even
called in, but the gun was never found. Failure to recover the
murder weapon almost inevitably means that fee killer was not at
the scene afterwards, but had gone away from the scene taking the
murder weapon with him. Moore's oldest daughter Pat was
questioned about her father's alibi. He said he was at home in bed at
the time of the murders, but she says police wanted her to say her
father came in much later - AFTER the time the policemen were shot.
Instead of sticking up for my father, they wanted me to say what
they wanted me to say. The only real evidence against
Moore came from PC Jagger, who was fatally wounded, but survived for
just over 24 hours - long enough to identify his murderer.
At an identity parade around his hospital bed, PC Jagger picked out
Moore. He also made a statement naming him
as the killer. Throughout the procedure, Alfred Moore was on his
own. If you are on an investigation as part of the double murder and at
a time when the death penalty applied, you might have thought he
would have been afforded the legal protection that he deserved.
was the evidence accurate and reliable? Moreover, was it enough
to send a man to the gallows? We have asked a professor of
anaesthesia to examine the case. From medical evidence produced at
Moore's trial, he does not believe the police officer was in a fit
state to give reliable evidence. had received drugs which it are
renowned for their effect on the main to, the brain and the
perception of events. I think one would have to summarise that has in
been your neck and acute state of confusion.
Professor Hopkins found PC Jagger would still have been affected by
two doses of morphine, as well as anaesthetics.
He was also bleeding to death from an internal injury which surgeons
had failed to spot. There are all sorts of confusing and delirious
states of mind that can be present in someone who appears to be alert
and rational. If I had been his daughter and advising him and the
police and the magistrates, I would have said, do not even contemplate
using this evidence. In February 1952, it was a national day of
mourning as King George the 6th died. Later that day, Alfred Moore
I was upstairs I was upstairs and on the steps. My mother was on
their hallway and she, and the core where we knew he was going to die,
just broke down and and eight broke down to.
But if Alfred Moore did not kill the two police officers, who did?
Steve Lawson has been to Fleetwood in Lancashire to meet a man who
claimed to know the truth. John Mead was the son of Clifford Mead,
a criminal associate of Alfred Moore. We arranged to meet in here.
When we got in deeper conversation, he said that on her deathbed, his
wife said that it was him who had actually killed a policeman.
John Mead has died, but he gave Steve a signed statement naming his
father as the killer. Alfred Moore's case is with the
Criminal Cases Review Commission. We have passed them our fresh
evidence. A decision is expected soon on whether the case will go
back to the Court of Appeal. Two brave policemen were shot down
in cold blood, but it looks increasingly likely that the wrong
man could have been hanged. It has brought some hope. There is some
hope that one day my father may be pardoned. When that happens, I can
talk proudly about 10 and hold my head up high. They were told to the
that the case would not go back to the review court and they are now
applying for a judicial review. Coming up, the return of It's A
With just 12 shopping days left to Christmas, retailers are bracing
themselves for some of the worst trading conditions in living memory.
So spare a thought for Dewsbury. It is said to have more empty shops
than any other Yorkshire town. Asha Tanna has been back there for
Inside Out to see if there are any signs of a festive upturn in sales.
This is supposed to be the busiest time of the year if you are a
shopkeeper. But will the optimism of this
festive switch-on help to set the cash tills ringing here in
Dewsbury? I believe we're doing as much as can to make this the
As the festive sparkle gives way to Denner -- daylight, be problems
become apparent. We have become what was a bustling town, to 1pm on
a Saturday, you can stand at my door and you might only see one or
two people. There are businesses investing in Dewsbury that field
the town has a future. I think here, we have got an opportunity to
revive the town, and put ourselves on the map. The latest figures for
vacant shops are shown nationally, Dewsbury is the 4th worst for a
town of its size. And still the worst in the Horn of Yorkshire. I
have come back to Dewsbury a year after I first looked at how the
recession had affected the town. I wanted to see if those figures were
there. Dewsbury is a market town, and it is the stalls here which
have traditionally been the lifeblood of the retail trade.
and 75. Ken has been betrayed a hit for more than a quarter of a
century. He has seen good times and lean. We have had 15 to 20 good
years. The last four and five years have been harder. Why do you think
that is? With more competition, supermarkets, late night shopping.
Stuff like that. It makes a difference. Despite the figures, a
good few of the shops that I saw last year that were empty have now
opened again and are trading. It is a Saturday and it should be busier
than less. It has been a year since I saw you, how his trade? At the
moment, not good at all. We are currently down approximately...
Light many trade is in deep -- like many traders in the Daisy Hill area,
Mark Rourke's business is struggling. He is hoping he will
see a pre-Christmas sales boost but he is not optimistic. It is
diabolical at the motion -- at the moment. Some days, we do not take a
penny. Well you'll be here all day and we will not take any money.
When you know you have got bills to pay, and you'll rates which are
constantly creeping up, you run the shop for nine hours and you don't
take any money, you go home sometimes and think, is it worth
it? Why am I bothering? Are you worried about closing down? I said
club months ago, if things did not improve I would shut up and move
towns, but I'm not going to give up on Dewsbury. Near by, and
neighbouring shop is faring even worse. Last time, the photos centre
is struggling. This time it looks like it is falling apart, literally.
Business was so bad that David had planned to retire this year and
shut up shop. The building has become so dangerous, it has had to
be propped up. But passport photos and a new line in dry cleaning has
kept the business afloat. I got a letter saying I would consider
leaving, because of the dilapidated state of the building. They were
not forcing me. As I chose to say, it would be my responsibility. If
there building falls down it will fall down. Retirement is the only
option. Who do you blame, and what can be done? I don't think Kirklees
accounts will have helped a lot, to me, they don't mean -- Council,
they don't seem interested in Dewsbury. I think more free parking
would help. People say they do not come here because they have got to
go to a centre where it is free. have an incentive scheme for free
parking, whereby if customers spend in the town centre, there is a car
park where they can redeem the cost of parking. For many, this building
represents Dewsbury's declined -- declined. Change is happening but
that does smile -- but at a snail's pace. Pioneer House stands derelict.
The only apparent physical change in the last year has been the
removal of the scaffolding. It was to have been the centrepiece of a
retail revival, as part of a �150 million investment in Dewsbury. But
the developers went bust, and the council won a compulsory purchase
order to take back the building. have spent millions taking that
building into public ownership, and we will spend further millions
bringing the iconic building back into use. 12 months ago, I went to
see Taz Marshall who had just begun to share her comic shop at a scene
stress -- we do seem stress. How has the last year been? Really well.
We have now gone into profit with our first year, that business has
built up. Dewsbury is considered the 4th worst town in the country,
is it really that bad? It has improved. Since October last year
until now, we have had 21 new businesses opening in town.
there is no better to showcase that Thant looking at one of the town's
newest shops. An upmarket gents outfitters and bespoke tailors,
which left one of the -- led one of the most exclusive names in retell
to relocate here. Why did you leave Harvey Nichols? We wanted to have a
niche in the market. If we opened up in Leeds, we would have been
annulled T4 couple of months. In Dewsbury, we have an opportunity to
revive the town and put ourselves on the map. When you started seeing
the vacant shops, but the alarm bells ring? No, we thought it would
be a great opportunity. We have got an ideal space. Fantastic location,
a stone's throw away from a train station. We wanted to have its to
have a good feel. What you think Dewsbury needs to do to attract
businesses like ourselves? -- yourself? The council can see where
the problems are. They have got the money, even if it means doing a
shop front to revitalise its. The ball is in their court. What more
can I say? They need to be more proactive. Traders have told me
that they feel like they are the poor cousin of Huddersfield, they
are not getting their first -- their fair share from Kirklees
council. We are doing whatever we can in very difficult times for the
council. We have invested over �2 million in a new customer service
centre which means for the population of 200,000 in North
Kirklees, this will be the premier place for them to come and access
face-to-face Council, NHS and police services. That will bring
football into the town centre. There are some encouraging signs,
but will it be enough for the traders of Dewsbury? I have seen a
lot of empty shops, but I have seen them filling up at the moment.
Nobody has a magic wand, do they? The countdown to Christmas has
begun in Dewsbury, and trading traders are hoping a prosperous few
weeks lie ahead. Long-term It's A Knockout it is the legendary
1970s television programme where people fell of obstacles, but got
drenched but always came off smiling. 35 years ago, a team from
Yorkshire had a brief taste of TV stardom when they appeared on the
programme. Stuart Hall has been back to Kirklees to see whether the
spirit of it to knockouts -- It's A Knockout still survives.
A glorious day. It always is! It is not exactly Rome or Paris, we do
not have monuments, we do not have a piazza, but we have a rather
charming town hall. Altogether, it is really pleasing to the ear.
THEME. Do you hear what I here? Are you thinking but I am thinking? It
heralds crazy antics, mad frolicking, lots of balloons!
People going absolutely berserk! Yes, it is the Greatest Show on
Earth, It's A Knockout! It was just like one big happy family until you
actually got down to the games. ended up being the back end of the
horse. The costume broke as I went up the ladder but that might have
been premeditated. The summer of 1976 was the hottest in living
memory. Back then, Eileen Marchant and Dave Millman were a trifle
younger and fitter than they are now. 100 people applied for the
Kirklees team, only 15 were chosen. We had to do things like climb up a
rope as many times as you could in a minute. Press ups and the shops.
I have to swim as well which is not my strength. The chief Luddite,
Uncle Eddie Waring! Eddie Waring was one of my favourites, being a
rugby player. If I could get in that, it would be really good fun.
A team captain was Rob Blackshaw. He had been on the show before, and
he had learned a few things along the way. It's taught me how to
cheat within the confines of the game. How or it could be best done.
Not to show everybody how good you were in practice. Do you remember
1976? Cleckheaton was awash. The sky was black but we still had a
fantastic It's A Knockout. This is where the team got their first team
of the -- taste of the game, battling against Leeds and
Doncaster or on a muggy field. I remember it well! It was the
wettest day we had had all summer! A local film club recorded once
went on. The Games, you might think, are very simple, crude and
rudimentary. Let me put you right. They were simple, of crude, and
rudimentary. Hello, Eddie! The pride of Yorkshire, what a great
man he was. He was always doleful until the camera was on him, and
then suddenly, he would be very enthusiastic. He was a dear heart.
We got on very well. In the pouring rain, it was time for Kirklees to
put their training to the test. actually went in as the underdogs.
Everybody was convinced that Leeds were going to win. But we felt we
got the upper hand, we trained, we practised the games. And we were on
top of our game. Are you ready, teams? I remember being wet, cold,
catching flour bags. Flower got catapulted towards us, we had to
catch as many as we could. I think you just concentrated on your own
game and just tried to do your best. Paul Dallas's training did not
prepare him for his task, kicking footballs while wearing a Humpty
Dumpty outfit. What I can remember is I put this Humpty Dumpty outfit
on, and you cannot see anything, I was desperate to try and cheap. Try
and get a little crack so I could see what they were saying, but I
could not. Take! Kick! Right, right, right! I remember getting Hawker --
hotter and hotter in this costume, a bit claustrophobic and very
disorientated. I did not know where I was meant to be facing. It is
probably not my proudest, and that remains the only time I have ever
been on television. It is a sad affair if that is my only claim for
framed! Show me that motion again. That was magic! Their legs! Leeds
were still the favourites but Kirklees a hand in the end --
A mistake! Kirklees have done it! We felt like total heroes. The
crowd just went balmy. It was such a big deal at the time. We were
like football stars, we did a lap of honour, waving at everybody with
people cheering. It was great. The any disappointing thing was that we
were going to Jeux Sans Frontieres, but it was at Leeds! So, later that
summer, Kirklees took on Europe. It was the big time! But they have not
got out of Yorkshire! I remember just the enormous crowd
that was there. One of the highlights was watching the Germans
training, they were ever so efficient. Until the day came, they
made some mistakes and they also pick -- fell to pieces and we
thought it was our chance. Now we have the joker of Great Britain
being played on game at four. The first big test was a game where
Kirklees played their joker which meant they had to win. I was
dressed up underneath a huge costumed with a duck speak on and
flippers. I got through to a -- the final, it was me and a Dutch lad. I
can remember running over a bridge, I was ahead, just. And just diving
into the straw, and we could not find the ball. We were up on the
hill at the back, and we could see roughly where the white ball and
the black balls were going. So we just sort of intimated, top right,
left to right -- top left. So he had an inkling as to where the
correct balls were. I seem to remember coming out with it, and I
was just ecstatic! You did well. And off they go! A ended up being
back end of the horse. The lad in front of me had a belt, so if I
fell, he would drag me anyway. as the final results came in,
Kirklees had the chance to be champions of Europe, in a manner of
speaking. Kirklees win with 45 points! It was
a fantastic India it -- experience. We all enjoyed it, now, it would
not be allowed under health and safety rules and regulations.
you very much, people of Yorkshire! 35 years later, some of that
triumphant team are back together, for one last go It's A Knockout. OK,
we are all a bit older, but the knockout spirit is still there.
Here is a number one. Don't worry about the rules, it is all about
water guns, trying to stay upright, and not falling in the water. Now
there is an inflatable Oxford -- obstacle course. It looks so
simple! Let's wait and see. Ilene is having a few problems. Did the
girl a cheque, she is doing her For what it is worth, Jonathan is
the winner. And we have all had a great time.
Get him, Jonathan, get him! Get him!
Sadly, since that film was made, one of the competitors, Jonathan,
who you saw in the swimming pool, has died. That is all from us in
Jamie Coulson investigates claims that a miscarriage of justice led to an innocent man being executed, Asha Tanna finds out how retailers are doing in the run-up to Christmas, and Stuart Hall remembers the British institution which was It's A Knockout.