Man arrested over double murder cases from 1980s; COUPLES SHOT AT CLOSE RANGE.
POLICE have arrested a man in connection with two unsolved double murders going back more than 20 years.
Cold case detectives have confirmed a man has been arrested on suspicion of the murders of Helen and Richard Thomas at Scoveston Manor, Pembrokeshire, west Wales, in December 1985.
Dyfed Powys police also confirmed today the same man has been arrested on suspicion of the murders of Peter and Gwenda Dixon on the Pembrokeshire coastal path in 1989.
Dyfed Powys Police Deputy Chief
Constable Andy Edwards, said: "Dyfed Powys Police have conducted a review of unsolved serious crimes committed in Pembrokeshire dating back to 1985.
"This investigation has been named Operation Ottawa. The offences include four murders as well as other serious offences.
"Today a local man has been arrested on suspicion the murders of Helen and Richard Thomas at Scoveston Manor in December 1985, the murders of Peter and Gwenda Dixon on the Pembrokeshire coastal path in 1989 and a serious sexual assault and attempted robbery in Milford Haven in 1996." Detectives in West Wales refused to rule out a possible link between the twin double murders when the cold case review was launched at the end of 2007.
The arrest of one suspect in both cases today appears to have vindicated that approach.
In both cases the deaths were gruesomely violent and completely unexplained.
Brother and sister Richard and Helen Thomas were discovered murdered at their burned-out mansion home near Milford Haven in December 1985.
Both had been blasted at close quarters with a shotgun.
Peter and Gwenda Dixon were middle-aged tourists from Witney, Oxford, exploring Pembrokeshire in the summer of 1989.
Their bodies were found hidden close to a cliff path near Littlehaven six days after their disappearance.
They too had been shot at close range in what appeared to be execution-style killings, with Mr Dixon's hands tied behind his back.
Yesterday's apparent breakthrough will have come as a result of new police forensic techniques used to sift evidence gathered more than two decades ago.
Everything from minute fabric fibres to flakes of dandruff can now be put under the microscope and subjected to expert scrutiny..
Peter and Gwenda Dixon were killed on the Pembrokeshire coastal path
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|Publication:||Daily Post (Liverpool, England)|
|Date:||May 14, 2009|
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