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Tuesday, 15 February, 2000, 13:49 GMT
Police to review double murders

Police search Police searched the scene of the murder at Llanharry


South Wales Police has announced a full review of the brutal double murder of two pensioners at their farmhouse in 1993.

A review team has been appointed to reinvestigate the deaths of Megan and Harry Tooze, who were killed at close range with a shotgun outside their home at Llanharry, near Bridgend, south Wales.


Warts and all, the contents of the report will be made available to the public
Tony Rogers, Assistant Chief Constable, South Wales Police
Their bodies were wrapped in carpets before being hidden in a nearby cowshed.

Jonathan Jones, their daughter Cheryl's boyfriend at the time, was jailed for life in 1995 after being convicted of the murders.

But the 39-year-old was released by the Court of Appeal the following year after Cheryl launched a campaign protesting his innocence.

The new investigation by South Wales Police is part of a wider review of unsolved killings in the force area.

Cheryl Tooze Cheryl Tooze: Fought for appeal
Review teams were set up to focus on homicides and other serious crimes last year by Assistant Chief Constable Tony Rogers.

"The purpose of the review is to ensure South Wales Police has gone as far as it can with the inquiry," he explained.

Scientific advances since the initial investigation and new lines of inquiry meant officers were hopeful they would solve the murders.

'No stones unturned'

Mr Rogers said he would leave "no stones unturned" to find the killer.

He added: "The conclusion of the report and its findings will be made known.

"Warts and all, the contents of the report will be made available to the public."

The review team will be headed by retired Detective Superintendent Malcolm Ross, formerly of West Midlands Police, and is expected to take at least four months.

Cheryl Tooze, who married Jonathan in 1998 and has since given birth to a son James, previously said she desperately wanted her parents' killer caught.

"I hope that by the time James is old enough to understand someone will have been convicted for my parents' murder," she said.

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