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murder

 

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/oct/04/
aaron-barley-homeless-man-who-murdered-woman-who-helped-him


http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/jan/21/
michael-cope-life-sentence-murdering-girlfriend

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

murder

 

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/oct/19/
man-charged-with-of-one-year-old-girl-in-bury

https://www.theguardian.com/news/audio/2019/feb/20/
davids-mother-killed-his-father-but-he-wants-her-freed-podcast

 

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2016/sep/27/west-yorkshire-
police-investigating-1965-of-schoolgirl-elsie-frost-arrest-man

 

http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2013/nov/29/
lee-rigby-woolwich-attack-court

http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2013/sep/15/
murder-neville-heath-fred-west

http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2013/jul/31/
daniel-pelka-murder-mother-stepfather-guilty

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/gallery/2013/apr/19/
murder-sites-antonio-olmos-photography

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/video/2010/dec/21/
crossbow-cannibal-sentenced

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/gallery/2008/nov/26/rhys-jones-uk-
crime?picture=340101734

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2008/dec/16/
rhys-jones-sean-mercer-friends

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2008/dec/16/
rhys-jones-murder-timeline

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/video/2008/mar/27/
sophie.lancaster.murder

 

https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2007/may/04/
ukcrime.estheraddley

 

 

 

 

murder inquiry

http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2016/may/21/
police-launch-inquiry-after-woman-found-dead-in-surrey

 

 

 

 

foul play

http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/may/19/
students-suicide-on-german-autobahn-constructed-set-up-uk-inquest-hears-jeremiah-duggan

 

 

 

 

terrorist-related murder

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk-news/2013/jul/22/
ukranian-man-charged-murder-mohammed-saleem

 

 

 

 

triple murder

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk-news/2013/jul/18/
inquiry-triple-murder-house-fire

 

 

 

 

murder plot

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk-news/2013/jul/09/
joss-stone-murder-plot-jail

 

 

 

 

'vile murder'

 

 

 

 

cold-blooded murder

 

 

 

 

Bradford murders > 'Crossbow cannibal' / Stephen Griffiths        2010

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2010/dec/21/
crossbow-killer-pleads-guilty-murdering-women

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/video/2010/dec/21/
crossbow-cannibal-sentenced

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2010/dec/21/
stephen-griffiths-crossbow-cannibal-profile

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2010/dec/21/
crossbow-cannibal-victims-drug-habit

 

 

 

 

Bradford murders        2009-2010

https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2010/may/30/
police-test-tools-near-blamires 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2010/may/30/bradford-murders-remains-found

http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2010/may/30/bradford-murders-fleet-street-gory-details-justice

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2010/may/29/police-human-remains-bradford-women

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2010/may/29/bradford-sex-workers-murders-analysis

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2010/may/28/ukcrime

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2010/may/28/bradford-murders-police-defend-delay

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2010/may/27/bradford-sex-workers-stephen-griffiths

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2010/may/27/bradford-murders-timeline

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/gallery/2010/may/27/bradford-murders-pictures

https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2010/may/27/
student-arrested-bradford-prostitute-murders 

 

 

 

 

James Bulger murder        1993

https://www.theguardian.com/uk/bulger

 

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/feb/07/
james-bulger-killer-jon-venables-pleads-guilty-to-having-indecent-images

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/jan/20/
james-bulger-murder-25-years-on-mother-denise-fergus

 

https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2013/feb/12/
james-bulger-father-cant-forgive-killers 

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/interactive/2010/mar/03/james-bulger-venables-thompson

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2010/mar/07/jon-venables-alleged-child-porn-offences

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2010/mar/07/jon-venables-confessed-identity

http://www.guardian.co.uk/theobserver/2010/mar/07/jon-venables-jamie-bulger-peter-sutcliffe

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/7364719/
James-Bulger-killer-returned-to-jail-due-to-drug-use-and-violence.html

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2010/mar/03/james-bulger-killer-venables-prison

http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2010/mar/02/james-bulger-prisoner-rehabilitation

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2010/mar/03/
james-bulger-legacy-disturbed-children 

 

 

 

 

James Bulger murder > Jon Venables

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/feb/07/
james-bulger-killer-jon-venables-pleads-guilty-to-having-indecent-images

 

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2013/jul/04/
jon-venables-parole

 

 

 

 

James Bulger murder > Jon Venables

 

Jon Venables, one of the boys responsible

for killing the toddler James Bulger 20 years ago,

has been granted parole after having been jailed

a second time on child pornography charges.        2013

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2013/jul/04/
jon-venables-parole 

 

 

 

 

Babes In The Wood murder        1986

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/profiles/
babes-in-the-wood-murder-23-years-on-fathers-first-interview-1722940.html

 

 

 

 

ringleader

 

 

 

 

Suffolk murders        2006 > Suffolk murders trial        2008

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2008/feb/22/wright.sentenced

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/news/news.html?
in_article_id=517219&in_page_id=1770&ct=5

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2008/02/21/nsuffolk321.xml

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/wright-guilty-of-murdering-five-prostitutes-785167.html

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/wright-man-the-neighbours-never-knew-785169.html

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2008/feb/21/steve.wright.guilty

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2008/feb/21/suffolkmurders.ukcrime4

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2008/feb/21/suffolkmurders.ukcrime 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2008/feb/21/wright.caught

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2008/feb/21/suffolkmurders.ukcrime3

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2008/feb/21/suffolkmurders.ukcrime1

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2008/feb/21/suffolkmurders.ukcrime2

https://www.theguardian.com/uk/gallery/2008/feb/18/ukcrime?picture=332564402 

https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2008/jan/16/ukcrime2 

https://www.theguardian.com/uk/suffolkmurders 

 

 

 

 

The Moors Murders

Ian Brady (1938-2017) and Myra Hindley

were responsible for the murders

of five children in the 1960s,

after driving them on to the moor

https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2012/aug/17/moors-murders-timeline

 

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/may/16/
ian-brady-myra-hindley-biblical-notion-of-evil-haunt-british-psyche-moors-murders

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/may/15/
ian-brady-obituary

 

https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2012/aug/17/
moors-murders-timeline 

 

 

 

 

murder rate in England and Wales        2008/9

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/murder-rate-hits-20-year-low-1748627.html 

 

 

 

 

murder rate > Scotland

https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2005/sep/26/ukcrime.scotland 

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2005/oct/20/penal.crime 

 

 

 

 

public perceptions of crime        2009

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/
the-big-question-why-are-public-perceptions-of-crime-
so-at-odds-with-the-official-statistics-1750036.html

 

 

 

 

Damilola Taylor murder

 

Damilola, who was born in Nigeria,

had been in Britain for only three months

when he was found bleeding to death

in a stairway on a council estate

in Peckham, south London,

in November 2002.

http://www.theguardian.com/uk/2006/may/18/uk
crime 

 

 

 

 

Shalifea Ahmed murder

 

The prosecution said Iftikhar Ahmed,

a 52-year-old taxi driver,

and his wife, Farzana Ahmed, 49,

from Warrington, Cheshire,

killed the teenager

at the family home

on 11 September 2003

because they believed

she had brought shame on the family

with her desire

to lead a "westernised" lifestyle.

 

Shafilea

had defied her parents' wishes

for an arranged marriage in Pakistan

to a much older man.

 

Her body was found

on a Cumbrian riverbank

in February 2004.

http://www.theguardian.com/uk/2012/aug/03/shafilea-ahmed-parents-guilty-murder

 

http://www.theguardian.com/uk/shafilea-ahmed 

 

 

http://www.theguardian.com/uk/2012/aug/03/
shafilea-ahmed-parents-guilty-murder

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2012/aug/03/
shafilea-ahmed-death-tragedy-women-fate

http://www.theguardian.com/uk/2012/aug/03/
shafilea-ahmed-life-death-timeline

http://www.theguardian.com/uk/2012/aug/03/
shafilea-ahmed-history-of-violence

 

 

 

 

sectarian murder

 

 

 

 

murder victim

https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2008/feb/21/
suffolkmurders.ukcrime2 

 

 

 

 

knife crime victim

https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2007/mar/19/
ukcrime.topstories3 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

murderer

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/may/15/ian-brady-obituary

 

http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/oct/25/the-murderers-next-door

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2013/may/12/how-to-spot-a-murderers-brain

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2009/jun/04/french-student-murder-violence-history

 

 

 

 

murderer > Raoul Moat

https://www.theguardian.com/uk/raoul-moat

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2010/jul/15/raoul-moat-facebook-page-deleted

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/the-strange-life-and-death-of-raoul-moat-2023987.html

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2010/jul/10/raoul-moat-taser-investigation-standoff

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/7883740/Raoul-Moat-Pictures-of-his-last-stand.html 

 

 

 

 

Raoul Moat shooting victim Chris Brown's funeral        6 August 2010

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2010/aug/06/raoul-moat-chris-brown-funeral

 

 

 

 

murderer > Steve Wright

http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/video/2008/feb/22/tracey.russell.steve.wright

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2008/feb/21/suffolkmurders.ukcrime3

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/wright-man-the-neighbours-never-knew-785169.html

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2008/02/21/nsuffolk221.xml

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2008/02/21/nsuffolk421.xml

 

 

 

 

murderer > Moors murderer Ian Brady    1938-2017

 

Ian Brady was sentenced

to life imprisonment in 1966

for the murders of three children.

https://www.theguardian.com/uk/ian-brady

 

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/may/16/
ian-brady-cast-dark-shadow-popular-culture-smiths-marcus-harvey

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/may/16/
ian-brady-myra-hindley-biblical-notion-of-evil-haunt-british-psyche-moors-murders

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/may/15/ian-brady-obituary 

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2013/jun/28/ian-brady-learned-moors-murderer

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2013/jun/25/ian-brady-move-jail-tribunal

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2013/jun/25/ian-brady-tells-tribunal-not-psychotic

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2013/jun/25/ian-brady-mental-health-tribunal-prison

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/law/2011/dec/09/moors-murderer-ian-brady-appeal-public

 

 

 

 

quadruple murderer

https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2005/may/27/uk
crime.tvandradioarts 

 

 

 

 

multiple murderer

http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/jan/21/
joanna-dennehy-just-wanted-blood-murdering-three

 

 

 

 

perpetrator

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2006/dec/16/
comment.drugsandalcohol

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Police hope huge image will lead to woman's killer

The Guardian        p. 8        25 May 2005

http://digital.guardian.co.uk/guardian/2005/05/25/pages/brd8.shtml

https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2005/may/25/ukcrime.gerardseenan 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

kill

 

 

 

 

killing

https://www.theguardian.com/cities/ng-interactive/2019/jan/14/
london-killings-2018-homicides-capital-highest-decade-murders

 

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/oct/30/
killing-suzy-lamplugh-women-estate-agent-murdered

 

https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2008/dec/18/
rachel-nickell-robert-napper-crime

 

 

 

 

Suzy Lamplugh

https://www.theguardian.com/uk/suzy-lamplugh

 

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/oct/30/
killing-suzy-lamplugh-women-estate-agent-murdered

 

 

 

 

killing spree

https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2008/feb/21/
suffolkmurders.ukcrime 

 

 

 

 

killings by strangers

 

 

 

 

random killing / spree of violence

https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2005/dec/14/uk
crime 

 

 

 

 

kill in self-defense

 

 

 

 

do (slang)

 

 

 

 

take out

 

 

 

 

slay

 

 

 

 

slaying

 

 

 

 

murder / murder

 

 

 

 

attempted murder

https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2005/jun/02/uk
crime.martinwainwright 

 

 

 

 

murderous spree

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

shoot

 

 

 

 

shoot down

 

 

 

 

gun down

 

 

 

 

shoot dead

https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2008/jan/07/ukcrime.ukguns 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2006/jul/11/military.ukguns 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2005/nov/18/ukguns.markoliver 

 

 

 

 

shoot sb dead

 

 

 

 

shooter

 

 

 

 

from / at point blank range

 

 

 

 

be shot dead

https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2007/feb/15/ukguns.news 

 

 

 

 

be shot dead in cold blood

 

 

 

 

be shot to death

 

 

 

 

be shot and wounded

 

 

 

 

be slain

 

 

 

 

fire at N

 

 

 

 

shootout

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

killer

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/feb/07/
james-bulger-killer-jon-venables-pleads-guilty-to-having-indecent-images

 

http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/video/2013/dec/20/
inside-mind-lee-rigby-killer-michael-adebolajo-brother-video

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk-news/2013/jul/19/
organist-killer-jailed-minimum-25-years

 

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/4931586/
Harry-Potter-actor-Rob-Knox-murder-killer-Karl-Bishop.html

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2008/dec/16/rhys-jones-ukcrime

 

https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2006/feb/02/ukcrime 

 

 

 

 

'honour killing / crime'

https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2011/dec/03/honour-crimes-uk-rising 

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2009/dec/17/tulay-goren-father-honour-killing

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2009/dec/17/tulay-goren-murder-profiles

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2009/dec/17/tulay-goren-honour-killing

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2009/dec/17/tulay-goren-police-investigation

http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2009/oct/25/honour-killings-victims-domestic-violence

 

http://www.independent.co.uk/opinion/commentators/joan-smith/
joan-smith-honour-killings-are-an-outrage-we-must-confront-792021.html

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/
a-question-of-honour-police-say-17000-women-are-victims-every-year-780522.html

https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2007/sep/20/ukcrime.prisonsandprobation 

https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2007/sep/19/ukcrime.haroonsiddique 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2004/nov/21/gender.features 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2003/sep/30/religion.world

 

 

 

 

psychopathic killer

https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2006/feb/18/
ukguns.rosiecowan 

 

 

 

 

sex killer

 

 

 

 

contract killer

 

 

 

 

cannibal

http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2009/sep/03/
cannibal-killer-nhs-inquiry-broadmoor

 

 

 

 

cannibalistic killer

http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2009/sep/03/
cannibal-killer-nhs-inquiry-broadmoor

 

 

 

 

perform a murder for hire

 

 

 

 

shoot-to-kill

 

 

 

 

psycho-killer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

contract killer / hitman

http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/jan/25/
hitmen-for-hire-secrets-contract-killers

 

 

 

 

hit man

https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2006/feb/18/
ukguns.rosiecowan 

 

 

 

 

hit

http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/jan/25/
hitmen-for-hire-secrets-contract-killers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

multiple murderer

https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2005/apr/19/ukcrime.helencarter1 

https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2005/apr/18/ukcrime 

https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2005/apr/18/ukcrime1 

 

 

 

 

Jack the Ripper

https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2008/mar/09/ukcrime 

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/6164544.stm

http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/historic_figures/ripper_jack_the.shtml

 

 

 

 

serial killer > Joanna Dennehy

http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/feb/28/joanna-dennehy-serial-killer-first-woman-die-in-jail

 

 

 

 

serial killer > Fred West

Gloucestershire builder charged with 12 murders

is found dead in his prison cell        1 January 1995

http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/january/1/newsid_2460000/2460563.stm

 

 

 

 

serial killer > Peter Sutcliffe / the Yorkshire Ripper

20 life terms in 1981

for murdering 13 women

and attacking seven others.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2010/mar/01/yorkshire-ripper-bid-prison-release

 

 

 

 

serial killer > Peter Tobin

https://www.theguardian.com/uk/video/2009/dec/17/tobin-serial-killer

 

 

 

serial killer / murderer / killings

https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2006/dec/23/suffolkmurders.audreygillan 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/suffolkmurders/story/0,,1977585,00.html

http://www.guardian.co.uk/suffolkmurders/story/0,,1977381,00.html

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/story/0,,1977581,00.html

http://www.guardian.co.uk/suffolkmurders/story/0,,1976026,00.html

http://www.guardian.co.uk/suffolkmurders/story/0,,1975764,00.html

http://www.guardian.co.uk/suffolkmurders/story/0,,1975766,00.html

http://www.guardian.co.uk/suffolkmurders/story/0,,1975218,00.html

http://www.guardian.co.uk/suffolkmurders/story/0,,1975234,00.html

http://www.guardian.co.uk/suffolkmurders/story/0,,1975318,00.html

http://www.guardian.co.uk/suffolkmurders/story/0,,1975080,00.html

http://www.guardian.co.uk/suffolkmurders/story/0,,1975145,00.html

http://www.guardian.co.uk/suffolkmurders/story/0,,1975091,00.html

http://www.guardian.co.uk/suffolkmurders/story/0,,1974612,00.html

http://www.guardian.co.uk/suffolkmurders/story/0,,1974747,00.html

http://www.guardian.co.uk/suffolkmurders/story/0,,1974640,00.html

http://observer.guardian.co.uk/focus/story/0,,1973815,00.html

http://observer.guardian.co.uk/focus/story/0,,1974014,00.html

http://www.guardian.co.uk/suffolkmurders/story/0,,1972643,00.html

http://www.guardian.co.uk/suffolkmurders/story/0,,1971689,00.html

http://www.guardian.co.uk/suffolkmurders/story/0,,1970896,00.html

http://www.guardian.co.uk/suffolkmurders/story/0,,1970872,00.html

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On This Day - March 14, 1996

 

From The Times Archive

 

Thomas Harrison stunned the nation
when he murdered 16 children and a teacher
in a shooting spree in Dunblane, Scotland

 

SILENCE was the first thing you noticed in Dunblane yesterday morning. It was as if the tiny cathedral city had been struck dumb by disaster. The streets were deserted, shops shut, cars locked and empty. Only the urgent siren of a police car or an ambulance heading towards the school sent out alert signals.

It was as you approached the primary school, across the Allan Water, that you first saw the parents, gathered outside the entrance. They were waiting patiently in a straggling queue, with that strained, almost vacant look that goes with shock.

There was little sign of emotion. The Scots do not tend to grieve in public. Just the occasional hug, red eyes, or a hand raised to cover a trembling lip indicated the depth of feeling. A woman whose son was a student teacher did not know whether he had been teaching Primary 1 or not. “He’s been transferred from class to class,” she said. “I don’t know where he ended up, and they won’t say who the teacher was that died.” Another, who did not know which class had been attacked, seemed not to understand when she was told that it was the younger children. “But they couldn’t do that,” she said. “They just couldn’t.”

Those who were allowed in betrayed something of the horror they had seen. A party of Scottish Office civil servants seemed almost unable to speak, and even the police spokesman had to control the tremor in his voice as he gave out the sparse details of what he had witnessed. When, later in the afternoon, the Secretary of State Michael Forsyth, and the Shadow Secretary, George Robertson, took their places to address an improvised press conference, they seemed to be in shock. Both had been shown the blood-stained gymnasium, the scene of the carnage.

From he Times Archives,
On This Day - March 14, 1996,
Times,
March 14, 2005,
http://www.newsint-archive.co.uk/pages/main.asp

 

 

 

 

 

August 13 1966

 

Search for killers of three policemen

 

From The Guardian archive

 

[Harry Roberts, now 71, who is serving a life sentence for his part in these murders, was in June this year granted leave to seek a high court judicial review against refusal of parole.]

 

Three plain-clothes police officers were shot dead yesterday after they had stopped a car near Wormwood Scrubs, West London.

As two of the officers stepped out of their blue Triumph 2000 car, they were shot down by men who had got out of another car. At least three shots rang out killing the two officers. The third was shot dead through the windscreen of the car.

As it accelerated, the gang's car — described as a blue-grey Vanguard — ran over one policeman. After the shooting, one of the police officers lay sprawled under the rear wheels of the police car and the driver lay slumped against the steering-wheel, behind the shattered windscreen. The body of the third police officer was lying 20 yards away from the car.

Late last night every available policeman in London joined the hunt for the killers — many reported from days off or returned from holiday. It was stated that "one or two" officers may be armed with revolvers during the investigation. Tear gas and arms have been made ready.

The Siege of Sidney Street in 1910 was the only previous occasion in Britain when three policemen were shot dead in one incident.

Ten school-children, who said they saw the shooting, were taken to Scotland Yard by Detective Chief Superintendent Thomas Butler, head of the Flying Squad, and spent an hour looking at pictures in the "rogues gallery".

The shooting took place in a quiet street, beside fields scattered with playing children: and late at night police had not discovered why the "Q" car had stopped to question the men. One version is that the police car, making a routine check, stopped alongside the gang's car.

Detective Constable Wombwell went across to question the driver but was shot and left dying by the police car, Detective Sergeant Head rushed out of the car and was shot in the back as he went for help. One of the gang then coldbloodedly smashed the Triumph's windscreen and shot Constable Fox, the driver, as he attempted to block the bandits' getaway.

A major question facing Scotland Yard was why such a determined attempt was made to kill the officers. Did the men feel they had been recognised as criminals already wanted for a serious crime, one which might carry a long sentence ? Or were they just young thugs who panicked? The latter seems unlikely.

    From The Guardian archive > Search for killers of three policemen,
    August 13 1966, republished 13.8.2007, p. 28,
    http://digital.guardian.co.uk/guardian/2007/08/13/pages/ber28.shtml

 

 

 

 

 

The Manchester Guardian,

April 4 1878

 

The assassination of Lord Leitrim

 

From the Guardian archive

 

The terrible crime perpetrated in county Donegal on Tuesday stands almost alone in the ghastly horrors of its details. It has happened often enough that Irish landowners and land stewards have been struck down by an unseen hand; the peculiarity of the Milford tragedy, supposing the facts to be correctly reported, is that it was no case of shooting from behind a hedge, but — at one of its stages at least — an open encounter, in which the assassins closed with their victims and deliberately put them to death. That there was a struggle the appearance of the ground seems to establish. Besides, Lord Leitrim's head has been shockingly battered, both his arms are broken, and the shattered stock of a gun was found close to his body. We are also told that one of his two attendants "was shot through the mouth".

So far as Lord Leitrim is concerned there can be little doubt as to the motive of the crime; nor can there be much difficulty in suggesting a reason why it should have been considered prudent to include the men who accompanied him in the butchery. Lord Leitrim was assassinated because he was considered an exacting landlord; his clerk and the car driver were murdered with him in all probability because it was thought that, if allowed to escape, they might be able to put the police on the track of the assassins.

It is unfortunately impossible to deny that Lord Leitrim was accustomed to think far more of his own rights than of what was due to his tenants. He was in a state of constant warfare with the people on his extensive property and he drew upon himself increased odium from the personal part he took in the work of eviction. We are told, for example, that he "usually appeared as his own counsel and witness in ejectment cases" — a practice which could hardly fail to intensify the popular resentment against him. Whatever may be said of him, he was certainly unfortunate in his relations to tenantry; but it is only in Ireland that this circumstance would be pleaded as an extenuation of the dreadful crime which has been committed.

It is melancholy to read, as we do in a Press Association telegram from Dublin, that "little sympathy is expressed among the middle classes in reference to the murder of Lord Leitrim". What is meant to be conveyed here is, we presume, that little horror or pity has been excited by this tragic event among the great mass of Irish people. This, however, is hardly credible. Lord Leitrim has his faults — serious faults, no doubt; — but, however it may be as regards the peasantry, the "mid­ dle classes" of Ireland have ceased, we hope, to look with an indulgent eye on "the wild justice of revenge". They at least must know that the Irish tenant is now amply protected by the law. When he is evicted he can claim compensation under the Land Act, and it is stated of the latest victim to the agrarian spirit that in some instances he has paid in this way sums exceeding the fee simple in value.

The Guardian > The Guardian Review , p. 24, 5.3.2005, From the archives >
The assassination of Lord Leitrim,
from the Manchester Guardian, April 4 1878, https://www.theguardian.com/books/2005/mar/05/
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