In the season’s first two-part special airing on the Monday 8 and Tuesday 9 January, 24 Hours in Police Custody follows detectives from the Major Crime Unit as they investigate the violent murder of two men and serious injury of a third in Houghton Regis.
Initially reported as a hit and run, first responders were met by devastating scenes after discovering three men with significant stab wounds, one of which had sustained injuries consistent with a road traffic incident. Adam Fanelli, 39, and Patrick Howard, 27, were pronounced dead at the scene while a third man was transported to hospital in a serious condition.
Through community support and CCTV footage, officers identified a number of individuals believed to be involved in the incident, while uncovering the events that proceeded the murders.
After a nine-week trial, Nicholas Papworth, 33, and Anthony Bennison, 25, were found guilty of 12 offences including three counts of murder between them. They were later sentenced to life in prison, served a combined minimum of 72 years in prison.
Just Drop It
Just Drop It is Bedfordshire’s new anti-knife crime campaign.
Young people, organisations, charities and community groups have all come together to take a stand against knife crime.
We know the reasons young people might carry a knife can be complex. They may feel scared. They may think having a weapon gives them protection.
They might be self-conscious, trying to prove something to others, or being bullied at school. They may have been groomed or exploited into drug dealing or other forms of organised crime.
We are not here to judge anyone.
All we want you to know is that there is a path to a brighter future where you can go knife free.
Bedfordshire’s Violence and Exploitation Reduction Unit (VERU) is a network of different agencies and groups aiming to tackle the root causes of societal issues that affect young people by working with partners to prevent young and vulnerable people from being pulled into criminality, violence and exploitation.
Made up of specialist professionals, the VERU is able to provide informed support and advice to help young people and families to better understand the risks and signs of exploitation and criminality, navigate challenging circumstances and make positive contributions to the wider community.
Its aim is to identify those at risk of violence and exploitation, so it can prevent harm, empower individuals to make better choices, amplify the needs of the community and forge a better future for our young people.