An anonymous benefactor has stepped in to fund new investigations into the controversial Alfred Moore case.
He or she has donated £5,000 to a campaign group battling to clear the name of the Kirkheaton man hanged for the murders of two police officers more than 60 years ago.
Now experts including forensic scientists will be hired to try and provide new evidence about the case which can be submitted to the Criminal Cases Review Commission.
The move has been welcomed by Moore’s youngest daughter.
Mrs Bronwynne Ashby said she felt badly let down by a previous decision by the Commission not to refer the case to the Court of Appeal.
But she hopes the new inquiry will provide new evidence to submit a new application.
Moore was hanged in 1952, a year after two policemen were shot dead at his farm.
But many are convinced the wrong man was executed for the murder of Det Insp Duncan Fraser, 45, and Pc Gordon Jagger, 42.
It was on the night of July 14, 1951, that 10 officers surrounded Moore’s farmhouse at Cockley Hill, Kirkheaton, hoping to catch the notorious burglar returning home with stolen goods.
Two officers were shot while trying to arrest a man as he approached the house.
Det Insp Fraser died at the scene and Pc Jagger 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 him to take the blame.
As he lay dying in his hospital bed, Pc Jagger picked out Moore from a nine-man identity parade.
Mrs Ashby said: “I was surprised and very pleased to see the efforts people are making to raise money for the sole purpose of clearing my father’s name.
“Most are complete strangers to me but all have one thing in common; the absolute belief in Alfred Moore’s innocence.
“I have been able to personally thank the founders of the group set up to clear his name but the £5,000 donation has been made anonymously. I would like to publicly thank this person.
“The plan is to hire experts to investigate certain aspects of the case such as the bullet wound, forensic evidence regarding Alfred’s raincoat and the deposition made by Pc Jagger. The reading of this suggests he was led through this evidence by the prosecutor, which is against the laws of evidence”.
Kirkheaton man Steve Lawson, who has fought for years to clear Moore’s name, said: “The person who made the donation is so convinced that Alfred Moore is innocent that £5,000 has been put up to enable us to progress the case.
“Slowly, at last, I believe the truth about what really happened in the early hours of Sunday, July 15, 1951 and subsequently is beginning to emerge.”