Unsolved Murders

David Brickwood

Age: 74

Sex: male

Date: 26 Sep 2015

Place: Lindsay Avenue, Abington, Northampton

Source: www.bbc.com

David Brickwood was stabbed five times in his bed at his home during the early hours of 26 September 2015.

He managed to call the emergency service and was taken to hospital but died there the same day. He had 35 stab and blunt-force trauma injuries.

The murder weapon was never found.

It was thought that the burglars might have got into his house through a downstairs front window which was later scene boarded up after the murder. The police later said, 'What we do know is that the offenders have gained entry by removing the beading to the front window and removing a pane of glass to gain entry'.

The police later said that they thought that he had been attacked in a pre-planned robbery.

A neighbour said that they heard a commotion in the street in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Six people were arrested in connection with his murder during the initial investigation, but none of them were ever charged. A while later, in March 2018, a man was arrested on suspicion of murder, but no charges were made and then again in November 2018 a 32-year-old man was similarly arrested on suspicion of murder, but as before, no charges were made. In September 2019 the police said that they knew very little about his killers. The police said, 'We believe there's certainly more than one, at least two, and we're appealing for witnesses who may have seen or heard something around that time'.

David Brickwood was known to keep large amounts of money at his house and the police said that they believed that it was a robbery gone wrong and that it had not been the intention of the burglars to kill him. It was said that David Brickwood kept his money at home because he didn't trust banks and that it was well known that he didn't believe in bank accounts.

It was also suggested that he might have been targetted because of the metal that he had stored. He had a lot of metal stored in his back garden and also had a Mercedes car parked in his drive that was filled with metal and electrical devices. It was said that he would let local people help themselves to the stockpile he had hoarded. A neighbour said, 'People are saying a metal thief was trying to get hold of his stock when he disturbed them'.

In January 2017, the police searched Eastfield Park Lake in Northampton looking for clues. They said that they found a number of items, but later said that they were not connected to David Brickwood's murder. The police said that they had been looking for the murder weapon and other items that might have been stolen from his home during the murder. The police said that they had chosen to search Eastfield Park Lake because it was close to David Brickwood's home and because the murderer's might had used it in their escape route when fleeing the scene.

In September 2018 the police said that they had found new forensic leads which they thought could offer a breakthrough in the case based on new forensic techniques following which in November 2018 the eighth person was arrested on suspicion of murder.

It was also reported in October 2018 that David Brickwood's family were being threatened and intimidated, and had been since David Brickwood's murder. Two of their family vehicles also had had their windows smashed and tyres slashed in October 2018.

On 12 August 2020 the police arrested a 26-year-old man from London in connection with his murder and the man was charged with murder on 14 August 2020.

David Brickwood was a scrap metal dealer. He was noted for being caught on the Google Street View mapping surveillance system two months before his death, wearing a hi-visibility vest and talking to a person over his wall.

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