Cold case of man found in a burnt out car reopened with new lead

Cold case murder of man, 26, who was found dead in boot of burnt out car in 2002 is reopened after ‘significant lead’

  • Warwickshire Police have a ‘significant’ new lead on George Tweedie’s murder
  • His body was found in boot of a burnt out car in Buxton, Derbyshire, in 2002
  • Three charged with preverting course of justice, but no murder charges brought
  • Police have urged anyone with information about the case to come forward 

The investigation into the death of a man who was bludgeoned over the head before his body was discovered in a burnt-out car has been reopened. 

Police say they have a ‘significant’ new lead in the murder case of George Tweedie.

The body of the 26-year-old from Bedworth in Warwickshire, was found on May 7 2002 in the boot of a car in Buxton, Derbyshire.  

Three people were charged with preverting the course of justice in connection with Mr Tweedie’s death after staging an elaborate cover-up, but no murder charges were ever brought.

Warwickshire Police have reopened the cold case investigation into the death of George Tweedie, 26, (pictured) following a ‘significant’ new lead. He was bludgeoned to death before his body was discovered in the boot of a burnt-out car in  Buxton, Derbyshire

Coventry coroner David Sarginson found in 2004 that Mr Tweedie had been killed by a savage blow to the face with a blunt instrument. 

The Crown Prosecution Service said at the time there was insufficient evidence to prosecute his suspected killer. 

Warwickshire Police announced on Wedsnesday the case had been reopened due to a ‘new line of enquiry’, but did not disclose what the ‘significant new lead’ involves.  

Coventry coroner David Sarginson found in 2004 that Mr Tweedie (pictured above) had been killed by a savage blow to the face with a blunt instrument

Detective Inspector Teresa McKenna from Warwickshire Police Major Investigation Unit said: ‘As with all cold cases, we have kept this investigation under review. 

‘Now we have a significant new lead and have taken the decision to reopen it.

‘Many people were spoken to as part of this investigation but we believe there may be evidence that was not disclosed to detectives.’

George’s lover Karen Redshaw and her estranged husband Colin were jailed after admitting perverting the course of justice over Mr Tweedie’s death.

Redshaw’s son Christopher was also implicated, and was sentenced to two years in jail for perverting the course of justice.

A court was told how Redshaw recruited her estranged husband to dispose of the body then used her son to cover up the death.  

The 17-year-old reportedly travelled to Amsterdam and Ibiza to send letters to Mr Tweedie’s mother purporting to be from her son in the cover-up. 

Det Insp McKenna added: ‘Nobody has ever been brought to justice for Mr Tweedie’s death and his family have had to live with this for 18 years. 

‘For their sake, I would urge anyone with information that could help with our investigation, no matter how small, to make contact with us. Your information could be the missing piece of the jigsaw.’   

She urged anyone with information to come forward. 

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