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Former top policeman Tim O'Connor, who investigated Babes in Wood murder, dies
A top police officer who will be best remembered as the man who helped put notorious child attacker Russell Bishop behind bars has died suddenly.
Former Sussex Police Detective Superintendent Tim O’Connor died aged 70 at home in Brighton of natural causes.
During 30 years with Sussex Police, Mr O’Connor, who retired in 2000, tackled some very highprofile cases.
In 1990 he led the investigation into the attempted murder of a seven-year-old girl from Whitehawk at Devil’s Dyke.
This led to the conviction of Bishop, then 33, a roofer from Brighton, who is serving life after being found guilty of the charge and of kidnapping and indecently assaulting the girl.
Commendations Four years earlier, Bishop had been found not guilty of murdering nine-year-old playmates Karen Hadaway and Nicola Fellows at the Wild Park in Moulsecoomb.
Mr O’Connor testified to the Devil’s Dyke jury that some police felt Bishop had been wrongly acquitted of the Wild Park murders, but had no bearing on the prosecution of the Devil’s Dyke case – he had never even read the Wild Park case file.
The Devil’s Dyke case earned him one of his seven commendations from the force, but he insisted that it was a team effort.
Councillor Graham Cox, former head of Brighton and Hove CID, added: “I am very proud to have worked with and for Tim. It’s an old cliché I knowbut he really was a character.”
His funeral is due to take place a t noon on Friday, July 19, at St Thomas More Roman Catholic Church in Braybon Avenue, Patcham.
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