UPDATE: SUZY LAMPLUGH INVESTIGATION

David Videcette, London, Sunday, 8th September 2019.

“11 weeks have passed since I provided the Metropolitan Police Service with a statement and evidence accusing a new suspect of the murder of missing estate agent Suzy Lamplugh in 1986.

Whilst progress with the police has been slow, I continue to work with them to move this forwards. I hope we can reach a conclusion in this case soon.

I cannot comment further at this stage.

I hope to be able to provide further information in due course.”

ENDS

 

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David Videcette is a freelance investigator and former Scotland Yard detective. With twenty years' policing experience, including counter-terror operations and organised crime, David was a key investigator on the 7th July 2005 bombings in London. He is the holder of many police commendations including one for tracking down a 7/7 bomb factory.

David is the author of bestselling crime thrillers The Theseus Paradox and The Detriment - based on real events.

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SUZY LAMPLUGH INVESTIGATION

David Videcette, London, Thursday, 25th July 2019.

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“This Sunday marks the thirty-third anniversary of Suzy Lamplugh's disappearance; the beginning of a nightmare for her family and friends.

Paul and Diana Lamplugh sadly passed away never knowing what happened to their daughter after she left her estate agency offices on 28th July 1986. 

But people don’t just disappear. So, in 2016, I began studying the flaws in the police investigations over the past three decades, to understand the repeated failures in why Suzy's body has never been found and why no one has ever been prosecuted for her disappearance and murder. 

I went back to the very start. I've traced dozens and dozens of original witnesses, some of whom police have never tracked down; some as far away as New Zealand and the USA. I’ve travelled thousands of miles to understand what went wrong from the very outset.    

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My goals were to: (a) locate Suzy's remains so she could finally be laid to rest; (b) locate enough evidence to successfully prosecute Suzy's killer. Following a three-year, self-funded investigation, I now know the answers to Suzy’s disappearance and how these have been missed by police.

The police narrative that Suzy met a client, the infamous 'Mr Kipper', at a house viewing and was abducted by him is completely wrong. My investigation shows Suzy didn’t have the keys to conduct this viewing in the first place, and could not have entered the premises.

My investigation has found that the police’s star witness, from whom the now infamous 'Mr Kipper' artist’s impression came, never identified Suzy as being with this man at all. It was police assumption alone. This means the infamous artist’s impression is utterly worthless.

Moreover, the police have missed or ignored the anomalies in the timelines leading up to Suzy’s disappearance and in the period afterwards. Analysing these timelines and understanding them in detail has been crucial in cracking the mystery of how and why Suzy went missing.

I provided very specific information to the Metropolitan Police over a month ago - a formal written statement and items of evidence. Despite repeated communication with the Special Casework Investigation Team, I see no evidence of action in a prompt and timely manner. Why?

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Sadly the answer to this is why the case has remained unsolved for so long. The Met Police is a fine organisation. I’m proud to have been part of it during my policing career. But in terms of all the Suzy Lamplugh investigations, there have been repeated mistakes throughout.

Despite being told by Treasury Counsel through the CPS that there was insufficient evidence to prosecute a man named John Cannan for Suzy’s murder, the Met still went on to name him very publically at a 2002 press conference as the ‘only suspect’ in Suzy’s disappearance.

This unprecedented ‘overcommitment’ may have been well meaning at the time, but it has since spawned an ingrained institutional prejudice against Cannan, whereby there is no longer room for any alternative narrative or alternative suspect in their case.

These institutional prejudices aren’t unusual, especially not in larger cases where evidence is ‘cherry picked’ by investigators to suit preferred narratives and anything else is either excluded or ignored. 

Add ‘trial by tabloid’ to this mix, which we have repeatedly seen in Suzy’s case, and the focus of police investigations narrows, and investigators develop a serious bias problem.   

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The very specific information I have provided to the police is not about John Cannan.  

Operation Edzell, the investigation into the 1992 murder of Rachel Nickell, personifies this institutional prejudice in action. The police became completely fixated on Colin Stagg as the sole suspect, spending £3 million in their attempts to obtain enough evidence against him.

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At Colin Stagg’s 1994 trial for the murder, the judge ordered the jury to acquit him, much to the dismay of the police. The police closed Operation Edzell and put out a statement saying that they were not looking for anyone else in relation to Rachel Nickell’s murder.  

Despite his acquittal, Stagg lived under a cloud of suspicion for years with the innuendo that he was guilty. The police, after all, were not looking for anyone else. Barry George currently lives under the same cloud, despite his acquittal for Jill Dando’s murder. 

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In 2008, thanks to the assistance of DNA evidence, Robert Napper was convicted of Rachel Nickell’s murder. Colin Stagg was paid £700,000 compensation. Robert Napper had raped and murdered others while the police had been pursuing Colin Stagg for Nickell’s murder. 

John Cannan has been convicted of other crimes and is rightly serving out his sentence for them. However, despite a clear lack of evidence against him in Suzy’s case and all the time these accusations are levelled at him, Suzy’s real killer remains at large - and I fear, free to kill again.

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With John Cannan very publicly named and fingered by both the police and media as the ‘only suspect’ in Suzy’s case, subsequent generations of police investigators now hunt fruitlessly for evidence to prove it, and the mistakes in Operation Edzell are being repeated.    

Since being castigated by the IPCC in 2010 for Operation Edzell, I perhaps naïvely believed that whatever evidence I found, wherever that pointed, the police would be happy to act upon it, promptly. 

Alas, I had not imagined the extent of the institutional prejudice against Cannan. The police have closed their minds to any other possibility, which has led to their relentless pursuit of him for three decades. 

This prejudice now stands in the way of resolving Suzy's case.

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In the last ten months alone, the Met Police has wasted hundreds of thousands of pounds on a dig in Sutton Coldfield and another in Worcestershire, in a relentless pursuit of evidence against Cannan. My research suggests that the intelligence underpinning these digs is highly questionable.

As the thirty-third anniversary of Suzy's disappearance approaches, I implore the Metropolitan Police to act on the evidence I provided.  

I remain committed to working with the police, but cannot, and will not, be silent about the evidence forever. 

Suzy and her family deserve better.”




ENDS

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David Videcette is a freelance investigator and former Scotland Yard detective. With twenty years' policing experience, including counter-terror operations and organised crime, David was a key investigator on the 7th July 2005 bombings in London. He is the holder of many police commendations including one for tracking down a 7/7 bomb factory.

David is the author of bestselling crime thrillers The Theseus Paradox and The Detriment - based on real events.

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SUZY LAMPLUGH INVESTIGATION

David Videcette, London, Thursday, 18th July 2019.

“With the news that the Metropolitan Police has concluded its search of land around Drakes Broughton, Worcestershire, with nothing found, I now hope that the Met’s Special Casework Investigation Team will act on the evidence I provided on 24th June 2019.

To restate, on Monday, 24th June 2019, I provided both a written statement and exhibits to the Metropolitan Police following a three-year, self-funded investigation which has developed an entirely new line of enquiry into the 1986 disappearance of missing estate agent Suzy Lamplugh.

Among other things, my investigation shows that:

  • Suzy Lamplugh did not have the keys to 37 Shorrolds Road, nor did she go there

  • The key witness in the case made no confirmation of seeing Suzy in Shorrolds Road

  • The artist’s impression of ‘Mr Kipper’ is therefore worthless

  • Suzy placed the ‘Mr Kipper’ appointment in her diary to enable her to leave the office when it was short staffed

  • Suzy actually left the office to conduct a personal errand during lunch; an appointment which has never been explored by police

I wish to restate that the evidence which I have provided is completely new and points in an entirely different direction to that which the police have been following for the past 33 years. 

My evidence does not point to John Cannan.

I was not the source of information for the Met police’s dig in Sutton Coldfield back in November 2018, nor was I the source of information for the 2019 search in the Drakes Broughton and Pershore area of Worcestershire.

I cannot comment further at this time.”

ENDS

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Notes to editors:

David Videcette is a freelance investigator and former Scotland Yard detective. With twenty years' policing experience, including counter-terror operations and organised crime, David was a key investigator on the 7th July 2005 bombings in London. He is the holder of many police commendations including one for tracking down a 7/7 bomb factory.

David is the author of bestselling crime thrillers The Theseus Paradox and The Detriment - based on real events.

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SUZY LAMPLUGH INVESTIGATION

David Videcette, London, Wednesday, 3rd July 2019.

“Following the news today that the Metropolitan Police are searching an area of land near Pershore, Worcestershire, in relation to the 1986 disappearance of estate agent Suzy Lamplugh, I must state that this activity is wholly unrelated to my investigation into this case.

On Monday 24th June, 2019, I provided a written statement and exhibits to the Murder Review Group regarding the disappearance of Suzy Lamplugh following a three-year, self-funded investigation. The evidence which I have provided to police, points in a completely different direction and not to John Cannan.

The Met’s Special Casework Investigation Team, which holds the Lamplugh investigation, has told me that they were unable to immediately assess or act on my evidence because of existing operational commitments. The operational commitments of which they speak relate to another pre-arranged search, which has now commenced in the Drakes Broughton area, near Pershore, Worcestershire.

I must reiterate that I am not the source of the information regarding this search of land in Worcestershire, nor was I the source for the Sutton Coldfield dig in November 2018.

I cannot comment further at this time.”

ENDS

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Notes to editors:

David Videcette is a freelance investigator and former Scotland Yard detective. With twenty years' policing experience, including counter-terror operations and organised crime, David was a key investigator on the 7th July 2005 bombings in London. He is the holder of many police commendations including one for tracking down a 7/7 bomb factory.

David is the author of bestselling crime thrillers The Theseus Paradox and The Detriment - based on real events.

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SUZY LAMPLUGH INVESTIGATION 

David Videcette, London, Sunday, 23rd June 2019.

“Following the article by the Daily Telegraph today, I can confirm that I am assisting the Metropolitan Police’s Murder Review Group with information relating to the 1986 disappearance of estate agent Suzy Lamplugh.

I have spoken to the Lamplugh family to make them aware of these developments.

Over the past three years, I have been investigating the case in a self-funded capacity.

I first made contact with the Metropolitan Police in the summer of 2018 to advise I was working on the case.

My findings have led me to uncover an entirely different narrative to the one presented by the police, which I am now providing to the Met along with the evidence to support it.

The information I have uncovered does not relate to John Cannan. I was not the source for the Met police’s dig in Sutton Coldfield back in November 2018. I do not believe John Cannan is involved in either Suzy’s disappearance or what I suspect was her subsequent murder.

I cannot comment further at this time.”

ENDS

Notes to editors:

David Videcette is a freelance investigator and former Scotland Yard detective. With twenty years' policing experience, including counter-terror operations and organised crime, David was a key investigator on the 7th July 2005 bombings in London. He is the holder of many police commendations including one for tracking down a 7/7 bomb factory.

David is the author of bestselling crime thrillers The Theseus Paradox and The Detriment - based on real events.

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