Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Witness Questioned by Police 40 Years after Lad's Murder

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Witness Questioned by Police 40 Years after Lad's Murder

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Byline: Sophie Doughty Crime reporter

MURDER detectives have taken a statement off a new witness who could have information about the unsolved1970 murder of schoolboy Allan Graham The 11-year-old disappeared from a Tyneside street after going to the shop and was found dead in a ditch the following day.

But despite a huge manhunt, no-one was ever arrested over Allan's death.

However, detectives from Northumbria Police's major crime team, who have been carrying out regular reviews of the case, have now interviewed Allan's friend Ken Brown, who can remember seeing a mystery man try to get the youngster into a van on the day he vanished.

The 54-year-old contacted the Chronicle after we featured Allan's murder in our Unsolved Crimes series this month.

And we have since put detectives in touch with him in the hope it will help investigation.

A police spokeswoman said: "We can confirm we have spoken with him and obtained a statement. No unsolved murder is ever closed and we always act on new information and carry out periodic reviews."

Allan, who lived in Gateshead with his mum Mary Walls, was spending the weekend at his brother Dennis Baron's home on Benwell's Gerald Street in Newcastle's West End when he vanished on Saturday, January 24, 1970 Ken had been playing with Allan and their friend, Dave Bryson, the day he disappeared and can vividly remember a van pulling up and a man shouting at Allan, telling him to get in.

However, although police officers spoke to him in the street the next day he was never asked to make a formal statement or give a description of the man and van.

Ken, who now works as a groundsman at Newcastle University, buried the horror of what happened to his young pal deep inside over the following four decades.

But our story triggered something in his memory and the dad realised he could, after all this time, help trace the killer. …

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