On this day - August 13th

Home » Latest News » On this day - August 13th
EvansandAllen

Last executions in UK

The murder of John Alan West on 7 April 1964 was the crime which led to the last death sentences carried out in the United Kingdom.

West was a 53-year-old van driver for a laundry when he was killed by Gwynne Evans and Peter Allen who had gone to rob him at his home in Seaton, Cumberland. Both murderers were unemployed and had a history of petty crime; they were arrested and charged within two days of the crime.

At trial, each blamed the other, but the jury by its verdict found both responsible. Use of the death penalty had been declining and the decision not to reprieve the two came as a surprise; their death sentences were executed on 13 August 1964, in prisons in Manchester and Liverpool. The death penalty was abolished 15 months later.

popular recent storiesAlso in the news

Logo Cheshire East Council
Tue 20 Aug 6:09am  |  hits: 1,013

Cheshire East invites public comment on the next phase of the Local PlanThe draft site allocations and development policies document (SADPD), which forms the second part of the council's Local Plan, once finalised, will complete the approved framework for housing, employment and other key infrastructure up to 2030.The document sets out detailed planning policies to guide decisions on...

cows, cow, farms, farming, rural, dairy
Sun 18 Aug 6:07am  |  hits: 982

Pete originally submitted this article to a national newspaper, but realising that he will reach a more appreciative, intelligent and responsible readership through AudlemOnline, he has allowed us to publish it here.Professor Frances Corner OBE, head of London college of Fashion and reputedly a vegan, has, upon taking up her new post at Goldsmiths, taken the decision to ban the consumption of...

canal swans
Sat 17 Aug 6:08am  |  hits: 811

AudlemOnline received this rather sad message form Sarah Johansen earlier this week.I live by the canal in Nantwich. Residents have been finding multiple dead swans around the canal this week, it's very sad to see.Please can residents and boaters keep a look out for the swans in the Audlem area and let the Canal and River Trust know if anything seems to be up with them. Also please...