There are also suggestions that Palmer may have been targeted as he was about to become a "supergrass" for police. “We cannot comment on the truth of many of these rumours... although if people in the criminal underworld believed them then it is entirely possible that this led to someone commissioning a professional hit on him.”. And investigators, who will appeal for information on tonight’s Crimewatch , are looking at the possibility fellow criminals suspected him of being a police informant. Details of Palmer’s final hours will be broadcast on BBC1’s Crimewatch. When Palmer lit a bonfire to burn documents near the fence, the killer jumped over and shot him six times. Essex Police now believe Palmer was killed by a hitman as the scene of the crime was "professionally" stripped of evidence. That’s something he did on a fairly regular basis. Some potential witnesses had refused to be interviewed, but it was still a wide-ranging investigation with proactive work to be done, he added. EXCLUSIVE: Detectives investigating the murder of notorious criminal John 'Goldfinger' Palmer have launched a fresh appeal for information after failing to solve the crime despite speaking to more than 220 potential witnesses. He said the killer had drilled a hole in a wooden fence and spied on Palmer as he pottered around his garden. The detective told the Chelmsford inquest that Palmer was suspected of selling proceeds from the £10m Hatton Garden jewellery heist. Teen admits attempted arson over flag burning bid during BLM demo, Teenager, from Ravenhurst Street, Highgate, admitted the offence at London court hearing, Evesham biker still critical after van crash, West Mercia Police are appealing for witnesses to the accident in Offenham Road to come forward, Watch - Cruel burglars hit 79-year-old as they search home for Mercedes car keys, Detectives have released footage in a bid to capture the culprit. It was initially thought Palmer had died of a cardiac arrest – he had recently undergone open-heart surgery – until a post-mortem revealed he had been shot in the chest. Palmer, 65, was found dead in the garden of his home in Sandpit Lane, Essex, on 24 June 2015. One man was later arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to murder, but was released without charge. Hatton Garden mastermind Brian Reader, 77, was later convicted of handling the stolen gold with double killer and gangster Kenny Noye. John Palmer, who was killed in a professional hit, was suspected of selling proceeds from the £10m Hatton Garden jewellery heist. Sometimes they’ll include recommendations for other related newsletters or services we offer. ", Detective Chief Inspector Stephen Jennings said: "Due to John's significant criminal history there are people or groups of people who may have wished to do him harm. A top ex-detective has backed bombshell claims that mobster John ‘Goldfinger’ Palmer was linked with the £200million Hatton Garden gems raid. Police said there were “significant arrests” of members of organised crime gangs last year that could provide a motive. Police are investigating whether infamous gangster John 'Goldfinger' Palmer was shot by a professional hitman because of his suspected links to the Hatton Garden heist. Officers at the scene, unaware of his criminal past, accepted the advice of paramedics who believed he died as a result of recent heart surgery. Partner Christina Ketley, 56, told the show he was reformed and said: “Without doubt he has made mistakes in his life, I believe he’s paid for those mistakes. Crimewatch to hear how notorious criminal was shot by hitman in garden of his mansion, Above: Find out what new evidence is being investigated in the amazing case. A source said The Scotland Yard team investigating Hatton Garden had no contact with Essex police about the murder. Detectives also want to find two or three men spotted digging a hole in the forest around Palmer's home the previous morning. Mum-of-three Michelle was kidnapped, raped and killed in 2004 - her body has never been found. Tamworth's eerily quiet streets as second national lockdown begins. Police are hoping to speak to "a possible suspect or witness" was who was seen near to Palmer's home around 20 minutes after he was found dead. DCI Jennings described the shooting as a professional hit. He is described as white, in his early twenties, around 5ft 10in, slim, with short blond hair. “Due to John’s significant criminal history there are people or groups of people who may have wished to do him harm. Around 85 families were staying at one address along the Hagley Road. Investigator Det Chief Insp Stephen Jennings said: “We are absolutely convinced this was a professional hit ... the motive is unknown at this moment. Detectives probing the murder are focusing on two major lines of inquiry – the first being the fact Palmer was due to stand trial in Spain on real estate fraud charges. In 2001 Palmer was jailed at the Old Bailey for eight years for swindling 16,000 timeshare holiday customers out of £33m. He is described as white, slim, in his early 20s, with short blond hair and wearing blue jeans and a light-coloured baggy top. Another "very significant" line related to Palmer being due to stand trial in Spain on suspicion of real estate fraud. At some point in the next 12 minutes the killer scaled the fence and shot him at close range. Essex Police referred itself to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) over its delays in identifying the cause of death. A number of people allegedly linked to Palmer were arrested in the months before he was shot at his home in South Weald, Essex, on June 24. Palmer, 65, was shot dead in the three-acre garden of his secluded, woodland home 18 months ago. Ashley Thilthorpe, the partner of Palmer's daughter, was the only family member at the inquest. Coroner Caroline Beasley-Murray concluded Palmer was unlawfully killed. Det Chief Insp Jennings added: “When viewing crime scenes we try to get there at the earliest opportunity. Six of the men responsible for the multimillion-pound Hatton Garden jewellery store heist have been sentenced to a total of 34 years. ", He said: "There were a number of potential people who would have a legitimate motive to try to cause him harm.". 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Palmer staggered 15 metres towards his house before collapsing. You can unsubscribe at any time. “John Palmer was burning old paperwork from a previous business, a hair salon which closed down. “I was incredibly proud of the way he readjusted to a very normal life.”, Son James, 24, also paid tribute, adding: “There was never a day that went past that I spent with him that he wasn’t laughing or joking around.”, When you subscribe we will use the information you provide to send you these newsletters.
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