Hero cops ‘were in right place at the right time’

Jim Williams (left) and Bert Stillings, the men who caught A6 murderer James Hanratty

Jim Williams (left) and Bert Stillings, the men who caught A6 murderer James Hanratty

It was the crime that shocked a nation.

Fifty-three years ago yesterday James Hanratty, a petty criminal from London, murdered scientist Michael Gregsten before raping and wounding his mistress Valerie Storie.

And, were it not for two policeman from Blackpool, one of the last men to be hanged for such crimes in England may never have been caught.

 

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