Documentary on William 'Bill' Taylor murder investigation airing soon

William Taylor was reported missing in June 2018, with his body found on a riverbank at the edge of

William Taylor was reported missing in June 2018, with his body found on a riverbank at the edge of Hitchin eight months later. Picture: Herts police - Credit: Archant

A complex police investigation into the disappearance and murder of much-loved Gosmore grandfather William 'Bill' Taylor is to feature in a Sky Crime documentary next week.

The 69-year-old farmer was reported missing from his home on June 4, 2018 and his body was sadly found in the River Hiz in Charlton on  February 10, 2019.

Sky’s Killer In My Village will look closely at the investigation which was carried out by the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit.

The investigation became one of the most complicated in the unit’s history, involving vast numbers of police officers and numerous partner agencies in the UK and abroad.

His estranged wife Angela Taylor and her new partner Paul Cannon were found guilty of his murder and sentenced to life in prison.

In the documentary, viewers will hear from Detective Chief Inspector Carl Foster who led the investigation, along with interviews and voice recordings from Bill’s family and friends who are still coming to terms with the horror of what happened.

Most of the family do not feel ready to speak publicly about the ordeal, but they are keen to stress that the impact of Bill’s murder is constant in their lives.

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DCI Carl Foster said: “The murder of Bill Taylor was callous and motivated by deep-rooted hatred and financial greed, despite Bill having gifted Angela Taylor considerable land and property.

“The investigation was incredibly challenging and securing the successful convictions of Angela Taylor and Paul Cannon required meticulous police work.

“The initial searching of Bill’s land alone took in excess of eight weeks to complete and was supported by police and volunteer resources from as far away as Merseyside, and Devon and Cornwall.

“The sheer volume of information, intelligence and evidence painstakingly gathered by our detectives and forensic teams took over six months to reach a point sufficient to secure a charging decision.

"The preparation of the case and disclosure to be trial-ready took almost a year on top of that. We did not lose a single legal argument at court which is testament to the professionalism of the entire prosecution team.

“While Angela Taylor and Paul Cannon are now rightfully facing justice behind bars, there is no doubt that Bill’s murder has left a huge void in his family and my thoughts remain with them as they try to rebuild their lives.”

Killer In My Village airs on Sky Crime at 9pm on Wednesday, December 30.

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