THE names of two Huddersfield policemen murdered more than 50 years ago appear on a national memorial in London for those officers killed in the line of duty. Crime reporter ANDREW HIRST looks back at the case
IT was a stakeout which ended in tragedy.
Huddersfield police had surrounded a farm in a bid to trap a burglar - but within seconds of the suspect appearing a senior detective was dead and a policeman was writhing in agony, fatally wounded.
The names of Det Insp Duncan Fraser and Pc Gordon Jagger appear with 1,600 others on the striking police memorial unveiled by The Queen yesterday in The Mall.
But their names have been etched in the memories of Huddersfield people ever since they died in 1951.
Scotsman Insp Fraser - known affectionately as Jock - suspected 36-year-old Kirkheaton poultry farmer Alfred Moore of committing a series of burglaries at mills, offices, shops and homes.
His lifestyle was far too lavish for a poultry farmer.
His wife and children used taxis to go shopping and to school. Extensive alterations had begun on his farm and it had expensive furniture inside.
Det Insp Fraser decided to catch Moore red-handed returning home with his loot.
Police surrounded Moore's farm on Cockley Lane on Saturday July 15, 1951 and lay in wait.
At around 2am a man was seen walking up a path.
Pc Jagger stepped forward and the man darted beneath a hedge.
Shining a torch in his face, Pc Jagger asked if he was Moore. When the man replied he was, Pc Jagger told him he was being taken away by the police.
That is when the killer pulled out a pistol and shot Pc Jagger once and fired several times at Fraser.
Colleagues rushed to help, but the gunman had vanished and Det Insp Fraser was lying dead in the grass.
Pc Jagger was wounded, clutching his stomach in great pain.
He managed to tell other officers what had happened and they surrounded the farm.
They approached the house at 5am and arrested Moore, who denied he was the gunman. He claimed he was in bed at the time.
An identity parade was held at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary where the seriously injured Pc Jagger pointed his finger at Moore who was charged with murder within an hour.
Pc Jagger died the next day.
As the investigation unfolded, weapons, ammunition and stolen property - including cigarette cases and 157 keys - were found hidden in the farm.
During his trial, Moore admitted burning stamps stolen from mill offices and around 100 American dollars when he realised the farm was surrounded by police. Officers remember seeing smoke coming from the chimney.
Moore was convicted and sentenced to death.
An appeal was turned down.
A petition for a reprieve to the Home Secretary was also rejected and Moore was hanged at Armley Prison in Leeds on February 6, 1952.
And that was that. Except that doubts still exist.
Was Moore really the murderer? The gun was never found despite a massive search and Moore protested his innocence to his dying breath.
He was convicted mainly on the strength of the testimony of the dying Pc Jagger and he was not legally represented at the identity parade.
The theory has surfaced since that perhaps a fence - a dealer in stolen property - was on his way to the farm that night and killed the two officers when they surprised him.
But then again, perhaps the right man did go to the gallows.