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Today is the 50th anniversary of the last executions ever to take place in Britain

On 13th August 1964, Peter Anthony Allen was hanged at Walton Prison in Liverpool and Gwynne Owen Evans was hanged at Strangeways Prison in Manchester for the murder of John Alan West. 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 (now Cumbria). Both murderers were unemployed and had a history of petty crime.

Now, on the day of that milestone, Louise Bours, the Ukip MEP for the North West of England, has called for the death penalty's return and says that it is 'natural justice' for cop killers like Dale Cregan, terrorists like Lee Rigby's killers Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale and child killers like Ian Huntley.

Miss Bours, who is also Ukip's health spokesman, said there was no “ethical reason” to keep child killers and police murderers alive.

In 2010, a majority - 51% - of British people supported the return on the death penalty. However that figure has now dropped to 45%, but it still's a sizeable number.

Ukip MEP marks fiftieth anniversary of the death penalty abolition with campaign to bring it back

Louise Bours, North West MEP and Ukip health spokesman, says death is 'natural justice' for killers such as Dale Cregan and the killers of Lee Rigby


Ukip's Miss Bours, who represents North West England in the EU Parliament, marked the fiftieth anniversary of the abolition of the death penalty by calling for its reintroduction.
Photo: Joel Goodman/London News Pictures/R



By Georgia Graham (external - login to view), Political Correspondent
The Telegraph
13 Aug 2014


50 years ago today, Gwynne Evans (left) and Peter Allen were the last people to be executed in Britain, for the murder of John West

Fifty years after the last execution took place in Britain a Ukip MEP has marked the anniversary with a call for it to be brought back.

Louise Bours, Ukip health spokesman, said there was no “ethical reason” to keep child killers and police murderers alive.

Miss Bours, who represents North West England in the EU Parliament, marked the fiftieth anniversary of the abolition of the death penalty by calling for its reintroduction.

She said the public are “fed up” with the justice system and want to know some serious criminals have “paid the ultimate price.”

Fifty years ago this week, Gwynne Evans and Peter Allen became the final two people to be executed in the UK. They were hanged at prisons in Manchester and Liverpool.

Her comment coincides with a new poll showing a marked fall in support for the death penalty among the British public, although 45 per cent favour its reintroduction.

While support for capital punishment is high, the survey shows a fall of 6 per cent on 2010 figures.

Support for reintroduction was highest among the over 60s and Ukip voters.

Miss Bours cited Dale Cregan, who shot two police officers Nicola Hughes and Fiona Bone, after luring them to his home with a fake 999 call and the murderers of drummer Lee Rigby, as criminals who should receive the death penalty rather than be housed in British prisons.


One-eyed cop-killer Dale Cregan was sentenced to spend the rest of his life in prison, a sentence which replaces the death penalty. But North West England Ukip MEP Louise Bours says thugs like him should be executed. On 18 September 2012, Cregan made a hoax emergency call to the police. Nicola Hughes, 23, and Fiona Bone, 32, constables serving with Greater Manchester Police, were mobilised to Cregan's call in Hattersley. When they arrived, Cregan shot them and threw an M75 hand grenade at them. Both officers were hit by at least eight bullets as Cregan fired 32 shots in 31 seconds. He later handed himself in at a police station, admitting to killing Hughes and Bone. On 25 May 2012, Cregan shot dead Mark Short, 23, in the Cotton Tree pub in Droylsden, Manchester. In the same incident, he tried to kill three other men. On 10 August, he killed Mark Short's father David Short, 46, at the latter's house in Clayton, Manchester by shooting him and throwing a hand grenade at him.

Miss Bours said: “The death penalty won’t bring back a tortured and murdered child, but it seems natural justice that the family will know the killer has paid the ultimate price and isn’t still breathing when their child is not.

“An innocent child has more of a right to life than the monster that took their life, so I see no ethical reason why we are obliged to keep him alive.

“Why should double cop-killer Dale Cregan be kept alive, after shooting them more than eight times and using a hand-grenade. His crime wasn’t impulsive or emotional, he lured them in with a fake 999 call and he’d killed two other people prior to that.’

Miss Bours added: “Paul Bone, the father of murdered WPC Fiona Bone agrees that the death penalty should be brought back, and as his life has been devastated by a cold-blooded killer, I think his views should be listened to.

“The killers of Lee Rigby despise the UK and want to kill us all, yet we have to use tax-payers money to keep them alive and well in prison, and look after their ‘human-rights”.

Nigel Farage has previously said he does not see "any prospect" of the death penalty returning to form part of the British justice system.

He said: “I honestly don’t think there would be any prospect under this system of the death penalty returning," he said. "There has been a massive change of social attitudes from my parents’ generation to my own children’s generation.”


Ukip MEP marks fiftieth anniversary of the death penalty abolition with campaign to bring it back - Telegraph (external - login to view)
Last edited by Blackleaf; Aug 13th, 2014 at 11:59 AM..