10 crimes that shook Britain

As true crime series Crimes that Shook Britain returns to CI, we take a look at 10 of the most shocking crimes to have gripped Britain in recent years.

True crime docudrama Crimes that Shook Britain returns for season 8 on CI. Hosted by news anchor Dermot Murnaghan, it promises to be the most chilling series of the show yet.

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We take a look at 10 of the most shocking crimes to have taken place in the UK in recent years.

Manchester Arena bombing, 2017 

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On May 22, 2017, a horrific terrorist attack took place as the crowd were leaving an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena. 22 lives were taken, with several children among them, and a further 512 people were injured. The bomber, who was killed in the act, was latest identified as 22-year-old British Muslim Salman Ramadan Abedi.

Murder of Ann Maguire, 2014

On April 28, 2014, 61-year-old teacher, Ann Maguire was stabbed to death in her classroom by one of her pupils as she was teaching a Spanish lesson at Corpus Christi Catholic College in Leeds.

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The perpetrator was 15-year-old William Cornick, who admitted to police he’d planned the murder for months and also that he had intended to murder two other teachers that day.

Serial killer Stephen Port, 2014-15

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Stephen Port killed four men between 2014-2015. Known as The Grindr Killer, he lured victims he'd met through gay dating apps to his flat in Barking where he would proceed to drug them with date rape drug GHB and then murder them. Each of the victims was aged 25 or under and the bodies of three were found in the graveyard of the same church in Barking.

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Stepping Hill Hospital poisoning, 2011

In 2011, a series of poisonings took place at Stepping Hill Hospital in Stockport, Greater Manchester. Male nurse Victorino Chua was found guilty of murdering two of his patients and poisoning many others. Described by police as a narcissistic psychopath, he was found to have injected insulin into saline bags and ampoules which were then unwittingly administered by nurses to patients.

Harold Shipman murders, c.1975-1998

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Harold Shipman, nicknamed 'Doctor Death' by the media, was a British doctor who was found guilty in 2000 of murdering 15 of his patients between 1995 and 1998. The Shipman Inquiry that followed identified 218 victims that died under his count and it was estimated that there may have been up to 250 victims in total. 80% of these were elderly women. However, one of the named victims was just four years old. Shipman committed suicide in his prison cell in 2004.

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The Hatton Garden heist, 2015

While no one was killed, this robbery has gone down in British history as one of the most shocking crimes of the last century. In April 2015, the supposedly most secure safe in London – the Hatton Garden Safe Deposit Company – was broken into and robbed. An estimated £200 million worth of jewellery was stolen by a group of elderly ex-cons. Three of the four men arrested were found guilty, and very few of the stolen goods have been recovered.

The Steve Wright killings, 2006

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Labelled by the press the 'Suffolk Strangler' and 'Ipswich Ripper', Steve Wright was found guilty of killing five women between October 30, 2006 and December 9. 2006. All of the women were working as prostitutes in the Ipswich area, each of the victims were below 30 years old, and victim Anneli Alderton was in the early stages of pregnancy.

The Rochdale sex trafficking ring, 2012

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The uncovering of the Rochdale sex trafficking ring shocked the nation for the heinous crimes committed against young girls in Rochdale, Greater Manchester. In May 2012, 12 men were convicted of trafficking underaged girls for sex. Forty-seven girls were identified as having been sexually exploited; abuse included physical assault, rape, conspiracy to engage in sexual activity with a child and sex trafficking.

The Cumbria shootings, 2010

On June 2, 2010, Derrick Bird killed 12 people and injured a further 11 others across Cumbria, before killing himself. He acted with two weapons and his rampage remains the worst criminal act involving firearms in the UK since the 1996 Dunblane school massacre, which left 18 children and adults dead.

Bird was a 52-year-old taxi driver who was described as a quiet but popular man who had held a shotgun certificate since 1974.

The Westminster Bridge Attack, 2017

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On March 22, 2017, 52-year-old Khalid Masood drove his car into pedestrians on the pavement alongside Westminster Bridge, Injuring 50 people, four of whom died. Abandoning his car, he headed for the Houses of Parliament, where he stabbed unarmed police officer PC Keith Palmer to death before he was shot dead by an armed officer. While Masood claimed he was waging jihad in a final text message, police found no link between him and a terrorist organisation.

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