Dog walker ended hunt for sex fiend
A SUFFOLK dog owner whose fast thinking led to the capture of sex beast Andrew Humphris has today told his story to The Evening Star. Colin Danson, 67, was responsible for ending the nationwide police hunt for Humphris when he spotted the attacker sleeping in his car on a muddy track between East Bergholt and Bentley in October.
A SUFFOLK dog owner whose fast thinking led to the capture of sex beast Andrew Humphris has today told his story to The Evening Star.
Colin Danson, 67, was responsible for ending the nationwide police hunt for Humphris when he spotted the attacker sleeping in his car on a muddy track between East Bergholt and Bentley in October.
Mr Danson alerted the police after recognising the number plate on Humphris' car from television appeals.
He said: "I'm pleased I helped get him off the streets because he would've carried on attacking women. It saved a lot of time and effort for the police."
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Mr Danson, of East End Lane, East Bergholt was out walking his springer cross Jack Russell, Gemma, when he spotted Humphris and his vehicle.
He said: "It was a Friday night and I hadn't long had Gemma. She was being a bit restless that night so to settle her down I took her out for a walk.
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"I was in the dark going across the fields, but I had my torch with me.
"I came to a farm gate and there was this car there. I thought it was a courting couple because the back window was steamed up.
"I didn't take much notice of it at first. But then I flashed my light on the number plate and thought I recognised it.
"I flashed my light in the car and could see there was a man asleep in the back. I was suspicious, but I thought it couldn't be that car, not from Blackpool.
"Then I remembered the attacker had rammed the car of one of his victims. I thought if he'd have done that his bonnet must've been crumpled. I shone my torch on it and it was.
"I didn't have my mobile with me so I quickly ran back up the road to phone the police. I had the number in my head and the police came round to apprehend him soon after."
Mr Danson, a maintenance manager at a children's home, was honoured with a Chief Constable's Certificate for his actions.
He said: "It's nice to be recognised. The police were excellent.
"As soon as they'd apprehended the man I had a phone call from Lancashire police thanking me. Then I had a call from Ipswich police thanking me.
"I think it's a pity more members of the public don't put themselves forward to help with the police. I think they have a terrible time of it."