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On-the-run trio seen in borough

PUBLISHED: 17:07 15 December 2008 | UPDATED: 09:21 11 August 2010

POLICE are hunting a burglar and two escaped prisoners, one a known murderer. It was reported that William George Bewley, who killed a farmer s wife during a bungled robbery, was seen in Barking in June last year. Police concentrated their search for the

POLICE are hunting a burglar and two escaped prisoners, one a known murderer.

It was reported that William George Bewley, who killed a farmer's wife during a bungled robbery, was seen in Barking in June last year.

Police concentrated their search for the fugitive in the borough at the time but Bewley was never found.

Officers from Barking and Dagenham CID are once again hunting Bewley, who is also wanted in connection with two serious assaults.

He escaped from Leyhill open prison in Bristol more than seven years ago and has been on the run ever since.

Bewley was jailed for an indefinite period back in January 1979 for the brutal murder of 54-year-old Ruth Musgrave.

Originally from Cotehill in Cumbria, Bewley shot Mrs Musgrave in the head during a botched burglary at her home, Knott Hill Farm.

Cumbria police said at the time that the tragic wife was found by her husband and that the house had been ransacked.

Bewley was arrested the next day; he was just 17 when he was convicted of murder in June 1979 and spent more than 20 years behind bars before fleeing.

Police are also keen to locate Peter Kerrigan another escaped prisoner who is on the run and is wanted in connection with a number of distraction burglaries.

Kerrigan has been conning his way into victims' homes in order to steal their possessions.

The third man is Joseph Anthony Meade who is wanted for burglary offences.

If you have seen any of these criminals call the police immediately on 0300 123 1212 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


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