Crimestoppers offers up to £5,000 for information on murder of Wisbech man

Independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers is offering a reward of up to £5,000 for information which leads to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for the murder of a young Norfolk man [27 February 2014].

Father of two, Terry McSpadden, was last seen in the early hours of 2 March 2007 having spent the evening in The Locomotive pub in Wisbech.  He is known to have visited the local Tesco supermarket in Wisbech just before 1am and is then believed to have returned to his home address in Outwell Road, Elm. His disappearance was completely out of character. 

Terry was known to bike everywhere and the location of his black mountain bike, re-painted from pink, forms part of the investigation. Terry’s disappearance was initially treated as a missing person’s enquiry, but investigating officers from Norfolk Constabulary now firmly believe that Terry is sadly no longer alive and his death was as the result of foul play. His body has never been found. He was well known in the local community and described as a reliable, hard worker by his employers.  He had two young children and strong local ties. 

Crimestoppers is offering this reward of up to £5,000 for information passed on directly to the charity anonymously on 0800 555 111 that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for this offence. Information given directly to the police or via the Crimestoppers online form will not be liable for the reward.

Crimestoppers Eastern Regional Manager Ann Scott said: “I can’t imagine the effect this has had on Terry’s family. We need to give them some answers and are appealing to the community to help bring this closure. Nobody has anything to fear by contacting Crimestoppers if they have information about this offence”.

“We never ask for your name or take any personal details. We do not record or trace your call or IP address. You won’t have to give a statement, speak to the police or go to court – we only want to know what you know, not who you are. In the 26 years that Crimestoppers has been running we have never broken our promise of anonymity so nobody will know you contacted us”.

She continued: “We need information no matter how insignificant you feel it might be. Do you know what happened to Terry? Has someone tried to see you his mountain bike or do you know where it is? Do you know the whereabouts of his body? If you do not want to go directly to police then please come forward to the charity Crimestoppers and give information anonymously”.

Crimestoppers plays a major part in the fight against crime. 1000 people contact the charity every day which leads to 22 arrests every day.

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For more information on the Crimestoppers reward or to arrange an interview please contact Ann Scott on 01255 475945 or email ann.scott@crimestoppers-uk.org

Notes to Editors:

  • Information given directly to the police will not qualify. Any information passed by Crimestoppers to the police before 24th February 2014 will not qualify.
  • This reward should not be published after 24th May 2014. Please contact Crimestoppers for update after this date.
  • Crimestoppers is an independent charity which helps the police to solve crimes, making communities safer. It does this by operating the 24/7 telephone number 0800 555 111 which people can ring to pass on information about crimes anonymously. They can also use our Anonymous Online Form which can also be accessed by internet-enabled mobile phones.
  • Around 22 people are arrested and charged every day as a result of information given to Crimestoppers.
  • Since Crimestoppers began in 1988, it has received over a million actionable calls, resulting in over 126,000 arrests and charges. Over £127million worth of goods has been recovered and over £301 million worth of drugs has been seized.
  • In 2005, Crimestoppers launched the UK’s Most Wanted on its website which allows the public to view images of criminals and pass on vital information about their whereabouts. It has been highly successful with over 2,600 arrests to date.
  • Crimestoppers UK was founded by Lord Ashcroft, KCMG PC, Chairman of Trustees. In 1988, he launched Crimestoppers in the Metropolitan Police area. Crimestoppers’ ‘call to action’ is built on a three-way partnership between the business community, the police and the media.