Friday, 5 December 2014

28 Unsolved Murders in South Yorkshire - Anger as South Yorkshire Police axe cold case review team

South yorkshire police have 28 and counting unsolved murders already this number is only going to rise..

16 of them are from 2001 to now we as a county need a cold case review team to catch the 28+ murderers we have still walking the streets, in our communities and nobody is going to do a damm thing about it!

Full article
http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/crime/28-unsolved-murders-anger-as-south-yorkshire-police-axe-cold-case-review-team-1-6989266

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28 unsolved murders: Anger as South Yorkshire Police axe cold case review team

South Yorkshire Police has 28 unsolved murders on its books dating back to 1962, The Star can reveal.
The list of unsolved killings was revealed under The Star’s Your Right To Know campaign.
It comes the day after the force announced the closure of its ‘cold case review’ team, set up to crack unsolved serious offences, including murders and rapes, because of funding cuts.

Margaret Shields, aged 73, of Pitsmoor, whose 19-year-old daughter Dawn was murdered while working as a prostitute in Sheffield in 1994, said: “I have lost a daughter and it feels like they are closing the book. Will they ever find who killed her?

“I have to live with the image of my naked daughter with twigs in her hair after identifying her body. All I want is justice for her. Will we ever get it now that this unit has closed?”

Police stress each unsolved case has been assigned to an officer and reviews will be regularly carried out.

Thursday, 4 December 2014

Cash-strapped South Yorkshire Police axes ‘cold case’ team investigating historic offences



Cash-strapped South Yorkshire Police axes ‘cold case’ team investigating historic offences

I know a lot of people will think that this is something that won't affect them, most people feel like that until such a time it does affect them and it does happen and frightfully from my own experiences and South Yorkshire police's crime statistics more and more murders, rapes and other serious crimes will go undetected by the failing police departments we have right now.

I really want the people of south yorkshire to understand how this could impact not only ourselves but could may well impact any of them too, should a member of your family, a friend or whomever you care about be raped, and/or murdered and the case remains unsolved for such a time what the police class as a cold a case then nothing else will be done by south yorkshire police to find the evidence and the culprits unless new evidence magically falls into their hands. yet South Yorkshire Police has to save £49.2m between 2011 and March 2015. But it is committed to paying the legal fees of former officers appearing before the new Hillsborough inquests..

We already have more than an handful of sick individuals walking our streets and this number is only going to rise now that historic cases like my mum's which has been unsolved for 17 years, i'm only 22 im going to have to live knowing nothing will be done by south Yorkshire police once any leads run dry unless we find something ourselves to go on is this how we want these sort of crimes handled by our local police.

snippets taken from article
http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/main-topics/general-news/cash-strapped-south-yorkshire-police-axes-cold-case-team-investigating-historic-offences-1-6986208
Full copy of article

Cash-strapped South Yorkshire Police axes ‘cold case’ team investigating historic offences

A specialist police team investigating historic unsolved crimes has been disbanded to save money, South Yorkshire’s county force has announced.
South Yorkshire Police says it has axed its cold case investigation team, with all the cases now being handed over to CID detectives to take on along with their normal workload.

The force says despite the decision cold cases are “constantly under review” and that “each case has now been assigned to an investigating officer”.

Chief Superintendent Rachel Barber, Crime Manager, said: “We never lose sight of our unsolved cases and while it is a blow to lose our dedicated cold case investigations team, working within the budgetary constraints meant that keeping this unit going was no longer financially feasible.

“We have found the most appropriate way to manage this situation in the current economic climate, by assigning each case to an investigating officer who is responsible for monitoring and chasing up any enquiries, should any new information come to light.

“However, our efforts and resources are primarily focussed on active and emerging cases of serious crime, as these investigations are current and pose a higher risk to the communities and public of South Yorkshire.

“We understand how difficult it must be for those families who have lost loved ones who don’t yet have any closure, but where new evidence or lines of enquiry are discovered, they should be assured that these claims will be investigated and followed up.”

South Yorkshire’s oldest cold case is Anne Dunwell, 13, who was sexually assaulted, strangled and left naked at the foot of a manure heap in Maltby in 1964.

South Yorkshire Police has to save £49.2m between 2011 and March 2015. But it is committed to paying the legal fees of former officers appearing before the new Hillsborough inquests and may face a further bill for compensation to victims of child sex abuse in Rotherham.

South Yorkshire families fear killers of victims will never be caught after cold case team axed

Article in the star today

http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/crime/south-yorkshire-families-fear-killers-of-victims-will-never-be-caught-after-cold-case-team-axed-1-6986869

For us at the moment it wont affect our investigation as the police have active leads to follow but once these come to an end like all other cold cases we aswel as other victims families shall be left to either try solve serious crimes ourself but when your grieving you dont need the added worry that nobody is doing anything to catch the sick people who are being allowed to walk free everyday in south yorkshire. Not only that when will a case actually become a cold case 1-2 years of being unsolved then they just give up and move on well I wish we could just give up and move on with our lifes but thats not going to happen

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South Yorkshire families fear killers of victims will never be caught after cold case team axed

Families of murder victims whose killers remain at large fear they will now never be caught – after police chiefs axed the cold case review team.
The successful specialist unit set up to examine unsolved cases – including murders and rapes – is to be shut down on cost grounds.
Police chiefs claim the cold case team is too expensive to run and have ‘disbanded’ the squad.
Today victims’ worried families said killers will ‘get away with murder’. Daniel Grainger, aged 22, whose mum Patricia was murdered in Parson Cross in 1997 when he was just a little boy, said: “I am shocked nobody informed us. Basically this means they are letting killers get away with murder.”
The unit achieved huge success in its first three years after being set up in 2007 – securing 11 convictions and prison sentences totalling 107 years. Detectives solved one murder, nine rapes, one indecent assault and one burglary.

Today police said cold cases remain ‘constantly under review’ and that each one has been assigned to an investigating officer – but admitted more current live investigations are the priority.

Ch Supt Rachel Barber, South Yorkshire Police’s Crime Manager, said: “We never lose sight of our unsolved cases and, while it is a blow to lose our dedicated cold case investigations team, working within budgetary constraints meant keeping the unit going was no longer financially feasible.

“The most appropriate way to manage this situation is to assign each case to an officer responsible for monitoring and chasing up any inquiries, should new information come to light.”
“However, our efforts and resources are primarily focused on active and emerging cases of serious crime.

“These investigations are current, and pose a higher risk to the communities and public of South Yorkshire.”

She added: “We understand how difficult it must be for those families who have lost loved ones who don’t yet have any closure, but where new evidence or lines of inquiry are discovered, they should be assured these claims will be investigated and followed up.”
Daniel Grainger said it was ‘frightening’ to think killers are still out there.

“Now there’s less chance than ever before of them getting caught,” he said.
“I set up my own website and do my own inquiries, so there is a chance new leads may develop, but it really shouldn’t be down to families to solve cases.”

Among the unsolved murders still on South Yorkshire Police’s books is the gangland killing of 16-year-old Jonathan Matondo, gunned down near a children’s playground in Burngreave in 2007.

The killer of 25-year-old prostitute Michaela Hague, stabbed to death by a punter in the city centre in 2001, also remains at large.

And detectives in Sheffield have also never found the killer of takeaway owner Safrajur Jahangir, 23, shot dead as he delivered a takeaway in Shirecliffe 2009.

And the culprit who knifed 27-year-old Joshua Green to death on a dancefloor on Queens Road, Sheffield, in the early hours of New Year’s Day 2012 is also still at large.