Ian Austin MP

Labour MP for Dudley North

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Austin calls on Home Secretary to reopen Carl Bridgewater case

Dudley MP Ian Austin has called on the Home Secretary to reopen the investigation into the murder of Carl Bridgewater.

Click here to watch Ian's question to the Home Secretary.

The MP’s intervention follows the broadcast of a new Channel 4 documentary which revealed new evidence about the murder of the 13 year-old Wordsley paperboy.

Speaking at Home Office Questions in the House of Commons, Austin called on the Home Secretary Theresa May to ask the Crown Prosecution Service and the police to review the case in light of new evidence revealed by the documentary.

Policing Minister Mike Penning replied that the Government would be looking at new evidence revealed in the documentary and agreed to meet with Mr Austin to discuss the issue.

Carl Bridgewater was shot a point-blank range at Yew Tree Farm in Prestwood, near Stourbridge in 1978 while delivering papers. Four men were found guilty of the murder but in 1997 had their convictions overturned, which means it remains unsolved.

Speaking at Home Office Questions, Ian Austin said:

“Nobody who grew up in Dudley will forget the shocking murder of 13-year-old paperboy Carl Bridgewater.

“And no one who watched last night’s documentary on the case will believe that the new evidence it revealed should not be looked at.

“Will the Home Secretary ask the police and the CPS to review this new evidence to see whether this case can finally be solved and whoever was responsible can be brought to justice?”

Policing Minister Mike Penning answered:

“No one will forget that terrible case, and my thoughts are still with the parents no matter how long it is since then.

“It is not the role of a PCC to instruct the police how to investigate, but we will look at it and look at the ongoing evidence, and perhaps we could meet and discuss this further.”

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