Chris Gregg

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Chris Gregg QPM is a former Detective Chief Superintendent and was head of West Yorkshire Police's Homicide and Major Enquiry Team (HMET).[1] Gregg joined the force in 1974 and as a constable was put on front-line duties in the Yorkshire Ripper inquiry in the Helen Rytka murder incident room.[2] He left the force in 2008 to take up a senior position as an adviser[3] to a forensic service provider company, LGC Forensics.[2] In 2010 Gregg, together with Lord Stevens and Dr Angela Gallop, founded Axiom International Limited.[4] He is married to Yorkshire Television 'Calendar' regional news presenter, Christine Talbot, with whom he has a daughter, Beth.

Awards[edit]

Gregg was awarded the Queen's Police Medal (QPM) in the 2008 Queen's Birthday Honours.[5] Chief Constable of West Yorkshire, Sir Norman Bettison, described Gregg as one of the finest detectives the force had ever known.[3][6][7]

Career[edit]

Gregg was born in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire and in a 34-year career, headed up some high-profile criminal investigations of recent years including:

  • The kidnap and murder in November 2000 of 16-year-old Leeds schoolgirl Leanne Tiernan by John Taylor described at his trial in 2002 by the judge as a "sexual sadist".[8] In February 2003, he was convicted of two rapes, based on DNA evidence, and given two additional life sentences.[9]
  • The American fugitive David Bieber who murdered traffic PC Ian Broadhurst and attempted the murder of two other policemen on 26 December 2003.[10][11][12]
  • Identification of the Yorkshire Ripper Hoaxer, John Humble, who was tried and sentenced in October 2005 – 25 years after the offence which was one of the most notorious – and damaging – hoaxes in criminal history.[13][14][15][16] Gregg won £50,000 libel damages, plus costs, after being accused by Irish writer Noel O'Gara of "stitching up" John Humble as the writer of the hoax letters and sender of a tape recording purporting to be from the Yorkshire Ripper.[17]
  • Serial killer Colin Norris, dubbed the 'Angel of Death' who murdered four elderly patients in a hospital in Leeds receiving a life sentence in 2008.[18][19][20]
  • Gregg led the enquiry into the Harold Shipman deaths in West Yorkshire, when Shipman, a practising medical doctor, was apprehended, later having 218 murders positively ascribed to him.[21]

On leaving the force he spoke against the misuse by suspected murderers of the protective shield of human rights legislation.[22][23][24][25][26]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gregg talks about his career". BBC News. 19 May 2008. Retrieved 17 March 2010
  2. ^ a b "Chief is off after 30 years in force". Bradford Telegraph & Argus, 16 May 2008. Retrieved 20 March 2010
  3. ^ a b "Human rights law 'shielding rapists'" The Daily Telegraph. 13 May 2008 – Retrieved 18 March 2010
  4. ^ "Axiom International Key People"
  5. ^ Queen's Birthday Honours 2008
  6. ^ "Human Rights Loophole Condemned". Daily Express. 13 May 2008. Retrieved 18 March 2010
  7. ^ Human Rights Act has 'helped rapists and murderers escape justice' for 10 years". Daily Mail. 13 May 2008. Retrieved 18 March 2010
  8. ^ BBC News" 8 July 2002. Retrieved 17 March 2010
  9. ^ "The murder of Leanne Tiernan" – Forensic cases. Retrieved 23 March 2010
  10. ^ CBS News" 16 February 2008 – Retrieved 18 March 2010
  11. ^ "Police killer will die in prison for brutal, cold-blooded crime". The Times. 3 December 2004. Retrieved 18 March 2010
  12. ^ "Hunt stepped up for police officer's killer". The Scotsman. 29 December 2003. Retrieved 20 March 2010
  13. ^ Man still held over Ripper hoax". BBC News October 2005. Retrieved 18 March 2003
  14. ^ Ripper hoaxer sent to prison for eight years". The Independent. 22 March 2006. Retrieved 18 March 2010
  15. ^ 'Callous' Ripper hoaxer sent to prison for eight years". The Independent. 21 March 2006. Retrieved 18 March 2010
  16. ^ 'I did it because I was bored and on the dole'". Yorkshire Post. 21 March 2006. Retrieved 19 March 2010
  17. ^ "Ripper detective wins £50,000 damages". Sunderland Echo, 11 March 2008. Retrieved 20 March 2010
  18. ^ Colin Norris, 'Angel of Death' nurse, jailed for life". The Daily Telegraph, 4 March 2008. Retrieved 20 March 2010
  19. ^ BBC TV News interview with Gregg after the trial". Retrieved 20 March 2010
  20. ^ Colin Norris, 'Angel of Death' nurse, jailed for life". Daily Telegraph. 4 March 2008. Retrieved 23 March 2010
  21. ^ "How Many More did Shipman Kill?". The Independent. 9 October 2001. Retrieved 23 March 2010
  22. ^ "Human Rights Law 'Shielding Rapists'". The Daily Telegraph, 13 May 2008. Retrieved 24 March 2010
  23. ^ "Human Rights 'Loopholes' Condemned". Daily Express, 13 May 2008. Retrieved 25 March 2010
  24. ^ "Human Rights Act has 'helped rapists and murderers escape justice' for 10 years, says top detective". Daily Mail, 13 May 2008. Retrieved 25 March
  25. ^ Detective Attacks Criminals Pleas for Human Rights". Bradford Telegraph & Argus, 13 May 2008. Retrieved 26 March 2010
  26. ^ "Human Rights Act has allowed hardened criminals 'to hide from the law', says top detective". Daily Mail, 13 May 2008. Retrieved 27 March 2010