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crime world podcast Suspect in two grisly UK murders may have been hiding out in Ireland


Former Scotland Yard detective Peter Bleksley with a wanted poster of Kevin Parle

Former Scotland Yard detective Peter Bleksley with a wanted poster of Kevin Parle

Former Scotland Yard detective Peter Bleksley with a wanted poster of Kevin Parle

A fugitive wanted in connection with two horrendous gangland murders in the UK may have been in Ireland in the recent past and is suspected of having connections with Irish mobs.

Kevin Parle, who is the subject of hit BBC series Manhunt, is believed to have been the trigger man in brutal assassinations of a teenage boy and a young mum — but remains free 16 years on.

Former Scotland Yard detective Peter Bleksley tells the Sunday World’s new podcast show Crime World that he has been informed that Parle has been in Wexford and that he is being funded by Irish criminal gangs.

Bleksley, who has dedicated his life to finding Parle, says the 6ft6ins brute is living under a false identity and working as an enforcer for wealthy criminals.

But he vows: “I’m never going to stop hunting Kevin Parle, in fact the only thing that would stop me hunting Kevin Parle is that he gets captured or I stop breathing. Its as plain and simple as that.”

In his interview, Bleksley, who worked undercover for years, describes why he chose to chase a real life criminal after quitting his hit TV reality show Hunted in which his role was as the ‘Chief’.

“In February 2019 when I decided to leave Channel 4’s Hunted, I wondered what it was I could do. I’d written books about unsolved murders and I’d written plays but basically the thing I was best known for was hunting pretend fugitives so I decided to do that for real.

“And they don’t come any more real than Parle and I think he has led a charmed life for the last 16 years. He should be a household name, not only because of the nature of his crimes and the ages of his victims but because of the fact that he had evaded capture for so long,” he says.

Bleksley was commissioned by the BBC to broadcast a podcast show about his mission, and wrote a book, Manhunt, to fund his travel which has taken him to Spain and which will bring him to Ireland in the near future when restrictions are lifted.


Kevin Parle, as he might look now

Kevin Parle, as he might look now

Kevin Parle, as he might look now

He says he is anxious to follow up a reliable lead that Parle has strong connections to Irish criminal gangs and that he may have visited the country a number of times in recent years.

Bleksley believes that Parle has a clear role in the criminal underworld where he believes he is hiding among drug gangs as an enforcer due to his size and stature.

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“I have to protect my sources above all else, but I have solid information he is being looked after by a well known Irish criminal gang,” he said.

So far Bleksley has tracked Parle to the Costa and Thailand but he believes he has been spending time in Dubai in recent years.

The two murders Parle is wanted for by UK police involve gangland shootings.

The first is that of Liam Kelly, a 16-year-old boy who was murdered on a Liverpool street in 2004 over a £200 debt.

At the time Parle was given an alibi by a besotted girlfriend but it was later discounted, at which point he was on the run.

Anthony Campbell was sentenced to life in prison for the murder while Peter Sinclair was convicted of helping to conceal it.

A year later, when young mum-of-three Lucy Hargreaves was shot dead as she slept on her couch, Parle was again suspected of involvement.

The murders shocked Liverpool but have now inspired the unique public hunt for the suspected killer.

Peter Bleksley’s interview can be heard on Crime World, our brand-new weekly podcast series, on all platforms including Spotify, Apple Podcasts and SoundCloud.

It can also be accessed through a link on our website sundayworld.com. To leave a comment you can go to the Crime World Facebook page.

The weekly podcast will feature interviews and discussions with broadcaster and writer, Fr Brian D’Arcy.

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