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BBC U-turn over Adam TV appeal; Road tragedy lobby pays off.

Byline: SAM CASEY

TELEVISION bosses have finally caved into pressure to bring the tragic story of Adam O'Toole to a national audience.

BBC One's Crimewatch Roadshow programme yesterday appealed for help to catch the Huddersfield teenager's hit-and-run killer.

The show featured a reconstruction of the incident on New Hey Road in Salendine Nook on March 6, 2007.

Adam's mum, Beverley, also gave an emotional plea for help.

But the appeal was only featured after a long campaign by friends and family of the 18-year-old student in Huddersfield.

The BBC had snubbed repeated requests since shortly after the incident, saying the programme was flooded with calls for help and could not feature all of them.

Petitions that were then set up to lobby programme chiefs collected more than 2,000 signatures.

Robert McGuin, who went to Huddersfield New College at the same time as Adam, wrote to Crimewatch to complain.

He said: "It's fantastic that they finally agreed to do this.

"We have put a lot of effort into this campaign and it looked like they were never going to show the appeal.

But in the end I think they bowed to the pressure." Beverley said: "I hope it helps.

Everyone in Huddersfield has been so supportive, but I think they've done all they can.

"The car that man was driving is not in Huddersfield now, so it's people further afield that need to know about it now."

Adam, who lived with his mum at Woodhead Road, Holmbridge, died after he was hit by a blue Rover 200 car as he walked across the pedestrian crossing on New Hey Road near the college at about 10.30am.

The driver has never been traced.

Speaking on the programme, Beverley said: "I should have Adam with me now.

"No mother should bury her son..

"I just want anybody who knows anything to come forward because Adam didn't deserve to die that way and for someone just to leave him there.

"What the hell happened that day?" Det Insp Phil Benson, who is involved in the inquiry, joined Beverley on the programme.

He said: "Adam's family have been caused continued stress since Adam's death and are still trying to come to terms with what has happened." The driver was believed to be white, in his 20s, with a thin face, prominent nose and long dark brown unkempt hair.

A spokeswoman for the BBC said: "Because of the amount of time we have to feature cases on the main monthly Crimewatch programme we just cannot include all the cases we'd like on the programme.

"However, as a result of the four weeks of Crimewatch Roadshow that started on BBC One this week it is allowing us to feature crimes that we haven't previously been able to on the main programme.

"We are hopeful that featuring the incident of Adam O'Toole will generate new lines of investigation for the police." The Crimewatch Roadshow programme can be seen on BBC i-player.

Anyone with information for police should call 0845 6060606..

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TRAGIC DEATH: Adam O'Toole NEW HOPE: Det Insp Phil Benson, of Huddersfield CID, and Adam's mum Beverley O'Toole make the Crimewatch appeal
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