Wednesday 22 November 2017

Scotland Yard accused of covering up London Underground serial killer 'who slayed 18'

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Tom Whitehead

A former detective has said that Scotland Yard covered up claims by a killer that he had pushed 18 people to their deaths on the Tube in the 1970s.

Scotland Yard covered up claims by a killer that he had pushed 18 people to their deaths on the London Underground in the 1970s, a former detective has claimed.

Geoff Platt said Kiernan Kelly admitted being a serial killer when he interviewed him for a separate killing in 1984 – but police chiefs decided not to take action to avoid public panic.

He claimed there was a cover-up because of fears over the backlash should it emerge someone had got away with murdering 18 people.

Mr Platt, 60, said Kelly made his admissions when he interview him for strangling prison cell mate William Boyd for snoring in 1984.

Kelly, a violent drifter, was in custody for robbery when he attacked Boyd.

The former officer said he appeared “proud” of the murder and then confessed to pushing 18 people under trains on the Northern Line in the 1970s.

“He was loaded with adrenaline he was loaded with testosterone, he couldn't stop talking and he came out and started telling everything,” he said.

Mr Platt’s first reaction was that Kelly was making it up but as he investigated the claims he discovered the man was at the scene of a number of reported suicides on the Tube line.

“What immediately came to notice was that there were a number of people who jumped off the platform into the Northern Line,” he said.

“But what especially smacked you in the face was every time someone jumped on the track... Kelly was next to him.”

But despite the gravity of the claims, Mr Platt said his senior officers did not want to make the case public.

“'It was a cover up,” he said, “Think about it, the police don’t want it getting out - there would be mass panic.

“They didn’t want people knowing a serial killer got away with pushing innocent people on to the tracks, they’d be afraid it could happen again.”

Mr Platt makes the claims in his book called The London Underground Serial Killer.

A British Transport Police spokesman said: "We are aware of the claims included in this book but given the passage of time since they are alleged to have been committed these would prove difficult to substantiate without further evidence.

"We would invite Mr Platt to submit any information he has on these matters to us."

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