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Kenneth Noye should stay behind bars, says retired Kent Police detective Nick Biddiss

By John Nurden

The Kent detective who arrested murderer Kenneth Noye says the killer should never be released.

Retired Det Supt Nick Biddiss spoke out after news that the parole board has given the green light for 71-year-old Noye to be released from Standford Hill Open Prison on the Isle of Sheppey where he has been behind bars for the past two years.

He has already spent nearly 20 years in prison.

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Kenneth Noye
Kenneth Noye

Mr Biddiss told Nicola Everett of Kent Online's sister radio station kmfm: "Let us not forget he is a career criminal.

"He left Stephen Cameron to die in the gutter on the M25 23 years ago this week and then went on the run.

"He was out in Spain and cynically claimed he had nothing to do with it.

"When he came back he then tried to claim it was self-defence, which obviously had no impact on the jury because he was found guilty.

Stanford Hill Open Prison Isle of Sheppey
Stanford Hill Open Prison Isle of Sheppey

"Obviously, he would have been a model prisoner and gone along with any necessary courses and so would have been able to have convinced the parole board he was safe to be released.

"But I don't believe he is. Let's not forget he did disappear. What's to say he won't do that again?

"Certainly, he left the scene and within hours he had been spirited away out of the country.

Retired Det Supt Nick Biddiss was the senior investigating officer
Retired Det Supt Nick Biddiss was the senior investigating officer

"It wasn't until two years later we managed to locate him and get him arrested in Spain.

"Let's not forget the main witness in this case Danielle Cable is, I believe, still in witness protection because of the danger she faced from the sort of people Kenneth Noye has contacts with. What sort of life is that?

"And the family of Stephen? I know Toni his mother died, unfortunately, a few years ago, and Ken, the dad, has had to live with this for the last 23 years.

Toni and Ken Cameron outside the Old Bailey when Kenneth Noye was found guilty of killing their son Stephen. Picture: Press Association
Toni and Ken Cameron outside the Old Bailey when Kenneth Noye was found guilty of killing their son Stephen. Picture: Press Association

"I don't think Kenneth Noye has any regard to the impact this had on the families at all and never will have.

"I am in touch with Stephen's family and don't want them to have to relive this.

"I hope people continue to check up on Kenneth Noye (when he is released) because he is on a life-licence.

Kenneth Noye
Kenneth Noye

"The mandatory sentence for murder is life imprisonment, which is a bit of a joke now.

"He will be monitored, hopefully very closely, and clearly his life will be regulated by certain rules and conditions he will have to abide by.

"But he disappeared after the murder, as I say, what's to stop him doing that again?

"Then no one will have any control over him.

"But obviously the parole board has to manage risk and that's what they have done.

"I don't agree with the system but we have to live with it.

A cell at Standford Hill Open Prison, Eastchurch, Sheppey. Picture: Andy Jones
A cell at Standford Hill Open Prison, Eastchurch, Sheppey. Picture: Andy Jones

"But let's not forget the impact these people have on normal families. They just wipe families out. It's not fair they have to suffer like this."

Asked if Noye is too old at 71 to commit further crimes, Mr Biddiss, who is 72, said: "At that age he is still capable of committing crime.

"You only have to look at what's on the television to see the Hatton Garden job.

"Most of them were in their 70s and not very well. Yet they managed to commit a serious crime.

"These people are serial criminals. They don't give a damn about people like you and I. I'd keep him locked up. He's never done an honest day's work in his life."

Kenneth Noye was 52 when he was found guilty at the Old Bailey on Friday, April 14, 2000 of the murder of Stephen Cameron, 21, during a road rage fight on the M25 at the Swanley interchange on May 19, 1996.

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