Crimewatch Roadshow comes to Northampton Market Square

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A renewed witness appeal to trace a man who attacked a Northampton pensioner with a hammer was aired on BBC’s Crimewatch Roadshow this morning.

Show presenter Sian Lloyd spoke to Northamptonshire Police’s DC Donna Fleming as part of the live broadcast from Market Square from 9.15am.

The phone-in show, which aims to trace the perpetrators of unsolved crimes, renewed the bid to find the attacker of war veteran Ian McCann.

An armed robber forced his way into Mr McCann’s home in January demanding money, before tying the pensioner up with a telephone cord and striking him in the eye.

DC Fleming, in charge of the case, said the show was a chance to reveal a new CCTV image of the believed suspect.

She said: “Anyone that recognises the clothing of the person on the CCTV can provide information that will help with the enquiries.

“It was an unprovoked attack and totally horific in nature - the show is a chance to treach a wider audience.

“It’s something people can phone in anonymously if they wish to.”

The programme today also featured the unsolved murder of Corby nightclub owner David Les Ross and films highlighting different aspects of the police’s work, such as an operation to test off-licences illegally selling alcohol to under-age children and an update on how the force’s ‘bod-worn’ cameras are helping policing.

Chief Inspector Dave Spencer said. “It is a great opportunity to gather information about and get witnesses to come forward- it’s got a good brand.

“And it’s a chance to showcase some of the innovative work that we do.”