Son of murdered Northampton scrap dealer believes dad’s killers will be brought to justice ‘whatever it takes’

From left, Nathan, Gary and Dale Brickwood are appealing for anyone with information on their father's death to come forward. A �10,000 reward has been offered to anyone who provides information that leads to a conviction.
From left, Nathan, Gary and Dale Brickwood are appealing for anyone with information on their father's death to come forward. A �10,000 reward has been offered to anyone who provides information that leads to a conviction.

The son a Northampton man who was murdered in his own home says he has not lost hope of finding his father’s killer despite eight weeks having passed without anyone being charged.

David Brickwood was killed in a brutal attack at his house in Lindsay Avenue, Abington, at around 2am on Saturday, September 26.

But since then no one has been charged with the 74-year-old’s murder, despite assurances from police that detectives were following up “strong leads” in the investigation.

Yesterday 300 people attended the funeral of Mr Brickwood, known to many as “Monty.”

The former scrap dealer’s casket was carried by horse and cart to St Matthew’s Church in Kingsley, where a packed congregation paid their final respects to a man many held as the “heart of the community.”

Speaking after the funeral, one of his three sons, Dale said he still believes the killer can be caught.

“That’s the only reason I’m still talking to you now,” he said. “I have to keep believing that.

“I can’t wait for the day where I look those people that have done it in the eye.

“In this day and age no one can get away with a crime like this surely?”

On Friday crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers announced it would be offering a reward of up to £10,000 for any information passed through to its 0800 555 111 number or online form, that led to the arrest and conviction of the people responsible for Mr Brickwood’s death.

Dale Brickwood, said it is sad that no one has come forward before now.

He said: “If it takes financial gain to get people to come forward then so be it. It shows what a terrible state this country is in at the moment if there has to be money available to get people to give up information.”

Mr Brickwood said that many people have contacted him directly with information about potential suspects.

“I keep hearing some names coming forward,” he said. “We have had people suggest who it is. Every day people say stuff.

“But there has been nothing to go on, no proof.”

Meanwhile David Brickwood’s family and friends continue to hold a weekly vigil on Lindsay Avenue and say they will continue to light Chinese lanterns in his honour until his killer is found.

Dale said the past eight weeks have felt like a “lifetime.”

“Whatever it takes, all I want to do is to find out who did this to my dad,” he said.

“I’ve asked so many people (for information). I just can’t understand how this could happen on a corner house and no one could know about it. You can’t tell me that when this assault was taking place, there was no noise or shouting coming from inside?”

Sue Witts, East Midlands Regional Manager for Crimestoppers, said: “Mr Brickwood was well-known and well-liked within his community which is what makes this violent crime all the more shocking.

“We all deserve to feel safe in our own homes and it is extremely important that the people responsible are brought to justice to ensure they cannot strike again.

“There are people out there who know who did this and I would urge them to contact Crimestoppers anonymously.

“We don’t take personal details and we can’t trace information given online or on the phone. We don’t want to know who you are, just what you know.”

If you have any information regarding the murder of David Brickwood, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through its anonymous online form at crimestoppers-uk.org/give-info.

Alternatively you can call Northamptonshire Police on 101.