Furious residents have hit back at claims by the family of murder victim Molly Wright that their street is a centre for drug dealing.
Pensioners living on Redhill Gardens – where 73-year-old market trader Mrs Wright was bludgeoned to death by her son-in-law David Hill in 2006 – have angrily denied the quiet cul-de-sac is used by drug dealers, as claimed in the BBC’s Inside Out programme on Monday.
One resident, who did not want to be named, said: “There is no drug dealing in Redhill Gardens. It’s a lovely area, we all get on well and we are all pensioners. It’s a peep show.”
Another resident, who also wished to remain anonymous, said: “Drug dealing goes on elsewhere in the area, but not this street. They are clutching at straws to get another appeal. Since the programme went out I’ve had people ringing me asking if they can get drugs. It’s not very nice.”
Hill was convicted of Mrs Wright’s murder in 2008, however Mrs Wright’s daughters – Hill’s wife Maxine and sister-in-law Jill Northwood have remained convinced of his innocence and have hired private investigator Andy Brown to find new evidence.
The BBC programme featured interviews with new witnesses who claim to have seen a man near Mrs Wright’s home on the day of her death.
However, the residents – who gave evidence at Hill’s trial – say Hill’s claim that he arrived at Mrs Wright’s house at 3.30pm and not 3pm is also untrue.
One resident said: “It was just ridiculous, that programme. He came at 3pm and came out at 3.30pm. It’s about justice for Molly.”
Police chiefs have also confirmed they will not reopen the case.
John Parkinson, West Yorkshire Police’s temporary chief constable, said: “There is nothing to warrent reopening the case, which was successfully tried at crown court – a judgement subsequently upheld by both the Court of Appeal and Criminal Case Review Commission.
“We have written directly to the private detective, providing full explanations for all the points he raised.”
However, Mrs Wright’s daugther Jill Northwood, said: “I can understand people being worried about drug dealing, but there’s obviously been an issue that has not been highlighted. I wasn’t aware of it until the witness came forward.
“We are hoping the programme pricks someone’s conscience and we hope they will come forward.”