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UK JOHN GREENWOOD & GARY MILLER: 11-year-olds beaten and buried alive in Whiston, Merseyside - 1980

Discussion in 'Europe: Cold Cases' started by Ladyslug, Oct 17, 2016.

  1. Ladyslug

    Ladyslug Bronze Member

    The murder case of two schoolboys has been re-opened more than 36 years after they were found beaten and dying on a rubbish dump.

    John Greenwood and Gary Miller were school friends when they were killed in Whiston, Merseyside, in August 1980.

    They were found on the evening of Saturday, 16 August, hidden under a mattress on the site of an abandoned colliery.

    The colliery had become a local rubbish tip, an area now known as Stadt Moers Park.

    Despite being taken to hospital, John died in the early hours of the next day and Gary died the following Wednesday.

    Post mortems revealed that both boys had died as a result of head injuries.
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  2. Ladyslug

    Ladyslug Bronze Member

  3. Ladyslug

    Ladyslug Bronze Member

    They are asking to hear from anyone who saw the two boys on Saturday, 16 August, 1980, as they may have vital information.

    They also want to hear from anyone who was at or near the rubbish tip.

    Speaking on behalf of the boys' families, John's sister Deborah Greenwood said that their deaths had been "devastating".

    She added: "The fact that no-one has been convicted for their murders has made it so much harder.
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  4. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    No kidding! Two little boys and no arrests is criminal in itself! :mad:
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  5. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Whiston boys' 1980 murder: Police investigation 'lacked thoroughness'
    May 2019

    The investigation of the murders of two schoolboys 38 years ago "was not as thorough as it could have been", Merseyside's chief constable has said.

    John Greenwood and Gary Miller, both 11, were beaten and hidden on a rubbish tip in Whiston, Merseyside in 1980. A man was acquitted of murder in 1981.

    New leads reopened the case in 2016.

    Apologising to the boys' families, Chief Constable Andy Cooke said there was insufficient evidence to continue with the new investigation.


    Merseyside Police say sorry over failure to catch schoolboy killer whose murders shocked the nation

    Police chiefs have said sorry to the families of two murdered schoolboys after accepting an investigation into their killings was "not as thorough as it could have been".

    Childhood friends John Greenwood and Gary Miller, both just 11 years old, were found dead in Whiston in August 1980.

    It was a tragedy that shocked the nation - but one that has remained unsolved .

    Commenting as a new investigation into the murders hit a brick wall, Merseyside Police today appeared to admit more could have been done to catch the killer - or killers - in the aftermath of the double tragedy.

    After 36 years without justice the families of John and Gary pushed for detectives to return to the case.

    Permission for the case to proceed to its next stage has been denied, however.

    “Following careful consideration the DPP made the decision not to authorise the next steps in the Merseyside Police investigation on the basis of the file submitted to him.

    “The DPP acknowledges that this is a tragic case and has said that in the event that the ongoing police investigation yields sufficient compelling new evidence he would reconsider his decision."

    Mr Cooke said: “We understand that the family is frustrated and disappointed by what they see as inadequacies and failings of the original investigation.

    “The investigation team at the time provided sufficient evidence to charge a man with the murder of the boys and he stood trial and was subsequently acquitted.

    “Having carried out a number of cold case reviews and following the reinvestigation of the murder it is fair to say that the investigation was not as thorough as it could have been, or in line with the investigation standards expected of policing today.

    “On behalf of Merseyside Police I want to offer our sincere apologies to the families of John and Gary, and I would like to reassure them that we remain committed to finding the person(s) responsible.”

    What happens now?

    While the case has stalled, Merseyside Police said it remained committed to hunting the killer - or killers .

    Appealing for anyone with information to come forward, Mr Cooke said: “It is still possible that someone may have crucial evidence which could help us find the person(s) responsible.

    "I would also like to appeal to the offender, or anyone who may be protecting the offender.

    "Please think about how both of these families have suffered, since their tragic loss of Gary and John, and search your conscience.

    "You have lived with the burden of this guilty secret for nearly 40 years and this can’t have been easy, find it within your heart to put the families of John and Gary at the forefront of your conscience and give them some peace of mind.”

    *Anyone with information is asked to contact investigators on 0151 777 3100, or the independent Crimestoppers hotline on 0800 555 111


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