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The BBC's Christine Stewart
"Carl Simcox saw a different flick knife in Mr Noye's Land Rover"
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Wednesday, 5 April, 2000, 15:06 GMT 16:06 UK
Noye 'carried knife in car'
Courtroom
Kenneth Noye denies murdering Stephen Cameron
M25 killer Kenneth Noye carried a flick knife in his car, the Old Bailey has heard.

Carl Simcox, who regularly valeted Mr Noye's cars, told the jury he saw a six-inch black knife in the driver's door when he was cleaning the Land Rover Discovery.

The knife had a silver button which released the blade but he had not opened it, he told the court.

Mr Noye, 52, from Sevenoaks, Kent, has denied murdering Mr Cameron, 21, from Swanley, Kent, on 19 May 1996. He says he acted in self defence.

Mr Simcox told the court he had also seen another knife by the ashtray of the central console of Noye's Mercedes when it was left to be cleaned.

Mr Noye would leave one or other of his cars for valeting regularly and go to the gym, he said.

After he heard on the news that Stephen Cameron had been stabbed at the M25 Swanley interchange in Kent, Mr Simcox contacted the BBC's Crimewatch programme.

I accept Mr Noye generally took a knife about with him

Defence barrister Stephen Batten
He said it was "a week or so" after he had last cleaned Noye's car.

Mr Cameron was stabbed in the heart and liver.

Stephen Batten QC, defending Noye, said Mr Simcox's evidence was accepted "in principle".

He added: "I accept Mr Noye generally took a knife about with him."

But he suggested that as he had not opened it, Mr Simcox did not know whether it was a lock knife or a flick knife.

Briefcase full of cash

Mark Ellison, for the prosecution, later read to the jury certain facts which have not been contested.

Mr Noye had been flown by the owner of a private helicopter from the Bristol area to a golf course in Caen, Normandy the day after the killing.

He had a briefcase with him containing a large sum of cash.

The next day he flew with the same acquaintance in a private jet to Madrid.

They stopped overnight before continuing south the next day.
stephen cameron
M25 victim Stephen Cameron
Noye was not identified by police as a possible suspect until 22 May and a search warrant was executed on 2 June.

It was 9 June when the press revealed police wished to speak to him concerning the killing.

On 27 August, Mr Cameron's fiancee, Danielle Cable, was taken to the El Forno restaurant at La Muela, near Cadiz where she identified the defendant as the man who killed Stephen Cameron.

The following day Mr Noye was arrested by Spanish police and found to be in possession of a British passport bearing his photograph in the name of Alan Green.

He had other documents in the same name, including a driving licence.

A request for extradition was contested in Spain.

Mr Noye said he had been resident in Spain for the past two years and he did not have anything to do with the death of Stephen Cameron.

Extradition was granted and he was brought back 20 May 1999.

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