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Murder on the Common: The Secret Story of the Murder That Shocked a Nation (Blake's True Crime Library)

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It also makes you realise how difficult a job the Police have, and, in this particular case, how they took Rachel to their hearts. In February 1998 Mr Pedder started working as a private investigator for an Iranian businessman living in London.

The fact Colin doesn’t run a mile when Sadie starts talking about being involved what she claims to be doesn’t make it any more likely that he committed the crime. Mr Pedder, who has 12 commendations, faced the most dishonourable charge any serving or retired police officer can face - corruption. Pedder's and Britton's idea to use an undercover policewoman to infiltrate Stagg's life as a pen pal was authorised by Commander Roy Ramm, deputy assistant commissioners Dave Veness and Ian Johnson and the Met's solicitors. This book takes you behind the scenes of a most terrible crime, and reviews the subsequent case against Colin Stagg.

No one could have imagined that when Rachel Nickell went for a walk on Wimbledon Common with her son, it would have resulted in such an appalling crime. Every page has the author (and lead detective on the case) tries to say how right he was when it is cleaer to the reader to see how WRONG he was. These cases of undercover officers having emotional, physical relationships and children with their targets simply can’t be repeated. As deputy assistant commissioner of the Met he was the most senior officer to approve the controversial honeytrap policy of using a policewoman to target Colin Stagg and entice him to confess.

I was constantly bringing his book to set, trying to bring things in I felt would support his arc, and I relished that responsibility. Terri told us: “I knew what had happened to Colin, but I didn’t know about all the things that he’d been through with it. He later moved to Tower Bridge, where he served for more than five years with the famous 'Sweeney' (The Flying Squad) where he says, 'I spent most of my time nicking armed robbers.It was clear from talking to Dave Nath and Pete Beard [exec producers] that this was looking at police tactics, the world of the ’90s and the way women were essentially used in certain professions – it was coming from an honourable place, which was really important.

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