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Killer haunts detective chief who nailed him

PUBLISHED: 17:11 02 December 2009 | UPDATED: 11:39 12 August 2010

A FORMER detective who helped nail gangster Kenny Noye warned on the anniversary of the £25 million Brinks Mat heist: Ignore him at your peril.

A FORMER detective who helped nail gangster Kenny Noye warned on the anniversary of the £25 million Brinks Mat heist: "Ignore him at your peril."

Nick Biddis, who helped convict Noye in April 2000 for the road-rage murder of former Bromley pupil Stephen Cameron in Swanley, holds nothing but contempt for the double killer.

But speaking on the 26th anniversary of the audacious raid carried out at the end of November 1983, he believes Noye's notoriety would not have faded during imprisonment.

He said: "Noye is a career criminal, a category 'A' prisoner who is kept under high-security guard due to his risk of escape and danger to the public if he did. This is a killer who lived a life of crime. It's all he knows.

"He could be up for parole in six years and he still commands a lot of respect in the criminal world and that respect will outlive him.

"I would say ignore him at your peril. With the influence he has there is no doubt he should be behind bars for ever."

The gangster, who lived in Hollywood Cottage, West Kingsdown, became a hate figure to the police when he was cleared of murdering PC John Fordham in January 1985.

He knifed the officer to death in the grounds of his mansion as the undercover officer carried out surveillance into the Brinks Mat robbery. He was acquitted after pleading self-defence.

Noye was later sentenced to 14 years in prison for handling gold from the Brinks Mat robbery after the raid at Heathrow Airport. But just two years after he was released, having served eight years, he knifed to death Stephen Cameron on the M25 Interchange at Swanley in 1998.

The murder of the former Kemnal Manor pupil, formerly of St Paul's Cray, was witnessed by the electrician's horrified girlfriend, Danielle Cable.

Noye hid in Spain but was extradited and given a life sentence, with a minimum tariff set at 16 years, after being convicted at the Old Bailey.

Almost 10 years into the sentence and several appeals later, Mr Biddis says he dreads the day Noye walks free again.

"It is my worst fear that one day Noye will be out," he said. "Criminals in his position maintain their notoriety. No matter what involvement he had in Brinks Mat he is a nasty piece of work.

"What Noye did to Stephen was horrendous. He ripped that family apart. Life should mean life. He should never walk a free man again. We should be more like America, give him 150 years and knock 50 of for good behaviour."

It is a sentiment echoed by Stephen's father, Ken Cameron.

Forced to move from Beechenlea Lane, Swanley, after his son's murder, he said of Noye: "I like to think of him as an old, washed-up has-been.

"We both [Ken's wife Toni] absolutely dread the day he comes out. The only way we want to see him leave prison is in a wooden coffin.

"He took our life away. We never saw Stephen marry, he never had the chance to give us grandchildren."

Speaking about the moment he was told Noye was a suspect in Stephen's murder, he added: "John Grace [officer in charge at the time] sat on a chair in the middle of our bungalow and said: 'Do you know Kenneth Noye? We have got information it's him'.

"I sat in disbelief, someone of that stature in the criminal world. I couldn't believe it at first but he did it and he should stay off the streets forever."

michael.adkins@archant.co.uk

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