Shepherd's Bush Police Killer Harry Roberts to Be Freed
Roberts, now 78 shot two officers in Braybrook Street in 1966
Harry Roberts, the notorious criminal who murdered two police officers in Shepherd's Bush in 1966 is to be released after serving 48 years in prison.
Today a memorial marks the spot in Braybrook Street, on the edge of Wormwood Scrubs, where the shooting took place.
The three officers were Detective Sergeant Christopher Head, Detective
Constable David Wombwell and PC Geoffrey Fox. They approached a battered blue
Standard Vanguard Estate car with three suspects inside in Braybrook
Street, and Christopher Head and David Wombwell questioned the
The suspects were John Witney, owner of the car, John
Public reaction was no less intense, and there were many calls or the re-introduction of the recently abolished death penalty for some types of murder.
Fortunately the number of their car had been taken. John Witney was the first to be arrested, having been traced through his ownership of the car, and he admitted the involvement of Duddy and Roberts. Duddy was traced to Scotland, but Roberts was on the run for about three months before he was caught camping out in Hertfordshire.
Witney and Duddy have since died but Harry Roberts has remained in prison till today.
Public sympathy for the families of the victims resulted in the establishment of the Police Dependants' Trust to assist the welfare of families of British police officers who have died or been incapacitated in the line of duty.
Today, the Police Federation chair Steve White has issued an angry statement, saying: " Life should mean life.
" I am appalled to learn that police killer, Harry Roberts, is being released from prison. Let’s not forget, this menace murdered three unarmed police officers in cold blood and it is abhorrent news.
" This decision by the parole board is a slap in the face for the families of the three police officers he brutally murdered who, once again, are forced to re-live their pain and loss. It will spark fury among everyone in the police family who will feel badly let down."
You can read the full statement here.
October 23, 2014