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July 14, 1997updated 05 Sep 2016 12:39pm


By CBR Staff Writer

A man suspected of killing a pub landlady in London has been arrested 6,000 miles away in Colorado, US – the first occasion that the internet has been responsible for apprehending anyone accused of murder in the UK, reports the London Evening Standard. The man was pulled over by traffic police for speeding but when they ran a check with headquarters, they discovered British police had posted a wanted notice about him on a web page. The case has echoes of the famous incident in 1910 when Dr Harvey Crippen – fleeing the UK to Canada after murdering his wife – was detained on the liner Montrose when the captain was alerted by the then novel device of a radio telegram – Dr Crippen returned for a date with the hangman.

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