The case of sick serial sex offender Phillip Blackwell is set to feature on TV’s Crimewatch.
Blackwell was sentenced to life in prison after admitting to 31 sexual offences against nine females in three counties over three decades.
The 56-year-old was responsible for a reign of terror, which saw him rape a teenage girl in Nuneaton and carry out sex attacks in the south of Birmingham in the late 90s.
He was finally brought to justice after one of largest operations in Warwickshire’s police’s history, code-named ‘Operation Fairway’.
The details of the investigation will feature in the Crimewatch Roadshow, which will be on BBC One tomorrow night (September 8).
The programme, which will air at 9.15pm, will also include some of the original reconstruction and footage from when the case was featured on the show in the late 90s.
Senior investigating officer Detective Inspector Teresa McKenna said: “Operation Fairway was one of the biggest investigations the force has ever been involved with.
“Since Blackwell’s first offence in 1997 many officers have been part of the investigation, which concluded in July when Blackwell was given a life sentence.
“I would like to pay special tribute to the victims who assisted us throughout the investigation. They all showed immense courage, resilience and fortitude during the investigation and deserve praise and recognition for their efforts to help ensure Blackwell was convicted.
“I hope the outcome of this case sent a strong message to all victims of sexual offences and gives them the confidence that we will thoroughly investigate reports of sexual offences and work tirelessly to bring offenders to justice irrespective of how long has passed.
“Time is no barrier to justice.”
As we reported in our newsletter, all of the victims were praised by Warwickshire Police Assistant Chief Constable Debbie Tedds who said the impact of his actions on the young women for over two decades could not be described.
Blackwell was jailed for life for 31 sexual offences and will serve a minimum of nine years before he is considered for parole.
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