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Claims in new Lamplugh book are latest twist in efforts to solve case

Former Scotland Yard detective claims his colleagues were wrong to name John Cannan as prime suspect.

Nigel Lewis

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A new book published about the disappearance and presumed death of estate agent Suzy Lamplugh has clamed that police were wrong to name 67-year-old John Cannan as the prime suspect.

Cannan has, since 2012, been repeatedly named by detectives as the most likely person to have abducted and killed Lamplugh, who disappeared after attending a viewing with a ‘Mr Kipper’ in Fulham in the summer of 1986.

But a new book by former Scotland Yard detective David Videcette called Finding Suzy says his colleagues at the time were wrong to have named Cannan because there is ‘not a shred’ of hard evidence to link him to her disappearance. The book is based on new interviews with many of the people involved in the case.

Most of the evidence remains circumstantial. This includes Cannan’s violent past – he is currently serving three life sentences for the murder, attempted kidnapping and rape of three women – as well as his strong resemblance to an e-fit photograph of a man seen with Lamplugh produced at the time.

New book

Videcette’s book, which is being published next month, flies directly in the face of the official line on Cannan.

In 2002 the Crown Prosecution Service decided there was not enough evidence to charge him with her murder, but Scotland Yard subsequently held an unusual press conference at which they said Cannan remained their prime suspect.

Lamplugh’s disappearance has been one of the UK’s most controversial and much-discussed unsolved crimes and, as well as several new police investigations following tip-offs, has been scrutinised in several books and many TV documentaries.

August 2, 2021

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