LEGAL attempts to clear the name of a Huddersfield man hanged for a double police murder have reached a dead end.
But a former detective determined to win a pardon for Alfred Moore has launched a new book and website to continue the fight.
On the night of July 14, 1951, 10 officers surrounded Moore’s farmhouse at Cockley Hill, Kirkheaton, hoping to catch him returning home with his haul.
Two officers were shot while trying to arrest a man as he approached the house.
Det Insp Duncan Fraser, 45, died at the scene and Pc Gordon Jagger, 42, was rushed to Huddersfield Royal Infirmary.
Moore was arrested at his farmhouse a few hours after the shooting – but the gun was never found. One theory is that the killer fled, leaving Moore to take the blame.
As he lay dying in his hospital bed, Pc Jagger picked out Moore from a nine-man identity parade. This evidence was crucial in securing the conviction of Moore.
Kirkheaton man Steven Lawson, 66, has been trying to clear the executed man’s name for five years.