Crimewatch axed: Mother of West Midlands murder victim condemns decision as 'crazy'
A mother whose son's murder was solved after a Crimewatch appeal has branded the decision to scrap the BBC programme as 'crazy'.
Carol Deakin's son Richard was shot in the chest and leg with a sawn-off shotgun by a masked gunman while lying in his Chasetown home in July, 2010.
The murder shocked the community and featured on the flagship BBC 1 programme in December of that year.
It led to two hitmen, David Harrison and Darryl Dickens, both of Bilston, being unanimously found guilty of killing the 27-year-old father-of-two.
Gunman Harrison is currently serving a minimum of 37 years of a life sentence, while Dickens, the getaway driver, is serving 30.
Mrs Deakin, 56, this afternoon told the Express & Star: "It is a crazy decision. I am astonished that they would decide to take such an important programme off TV.
"Without Crimewatch the murder of Richard Deakin would never have been solved.
"It was only after someone watching Crimewatch came forward with information that the person who shot my son was put behind bars.
"I think it is very sad, and think the BBC should look at this decision again.
"It is a disgrace that they are taking it off the air."
Other cases from the region to feature include the murder of retired school teacher Betty Yates in Bewdley.
The 77-year-old was stabbed to death in her rural cottage in January 4, 2012.
Her case featured on Crimewatch on January 26 that year.
West Mercia Police received a 'handful' of calls with new new information and sightings.
Later that year homeless drifter Stephen Farrow was jailed for the murder of Mrs Yates and that of Reverend John Suddards, 59, from Thornbury, near Bristol.
Another case to feature is the disappearance of Natalie Putt.
The teenager left her home in Thornleigh, Lower Gornal, on 1 September 2003, leaving her 11-week-old son in the house with relatives.
It was the last time anyone reported seeing the 17-year-old.
The case is still unsolved but there have been a number of searches in recent months.
Mansoor Mahmood was stabbed in the stomach outside Dixi Chicken on Brierley Hill High Street in October 2016.
He later died in hospital from his injuries.
His case was also featured on Crimewatch.
Niron Parker-Lee, of no fixed address, has been charged of the murder and is awaiting trial.
The programme, which asks viewers for help to track down criminals, is currently hosted by Jeremy Vine and Tina Daheley.
It has been broadcast for 33 years.
It was formerly presented by Nick Ross and Jill Dando, who was murdered in 1999.
The BBC said in a statement: "We are incredibly proud of Crimewatch and the great work it has done over the years.
"This move will also allow us to create room for new innovative programmes in peak time on BBC One." Daytime series Crimewatch Roadshow will continue.