Police released CCTV footage of the moment a jogger appeared to push a woman into the path of an oncoming bus Police released CCTV footage of the moment a jogger appeared to push a woman into the path of an oncoming bus “But they are struggling so much with resources, no matter what Theresa May says, that you just can’t put the time and effort in. Essentially, this is one of those stalled investigations that is unlikely to be solved.”Roy Ramm, a former Scotland Yard commander, said it was a case that needed the help of the media in circulating the images and appeals as widely and frequently as possible, highlighting the positive attitude of Cressida Dick, who succeeded Bernard Hogan-Howe as the Metropolitan Police Commissioner in April, towards the press.“It is one of those cases in which Cressida Dick’s change of attitude towards the media is so vitally important,” he said.“Previously, officers were discouraged from communicating too much with journalists but I do think that these kind of cases are solved with the help of the media.” “Somebody will know who this jogger is and perhaps one or two years down the line circumstances might change and they will come forward, but that’s the only remaining possibility that this case will be solved.”Mr Ramm admitted it was “surprising” the jogger had never been identified. One possible theory as to why no one has come forward is that he was a tourist or businessman visiting London from abroad.Mr Sutton added: “There sometimes comes to a point where you exhaust all leads you have got.“If the CCTV is not good enough to do any work with, what else is there to do?“If there was a chance that someone was going to die, the murder squad would get involved in parallel with the borough CID but when it’s pushed back to the borouch command, they have even fewer resources and are so overstretched.”He said potential lines of inquiry could have included testing the woman’s clothing for DNA strands, mounting an operation on the bridge to monitor joggers or launching a wider social media campaign.“If money were no object they could have solved it,” he added. “That’s the answer to all crimes – money and resources.” The Metropolitan Police officer now in charge of the so-call “Putney pusher” case, who is based in Wandsworth, declined a request for interview.But Mr Ramm suggested that it was unlikely the case would progress without further exposure.“There is always a general level of excitement about solving a case when you have got CCTV.” he said.“But if somebody is not recognised, it is hard to proceed.“You could double the resources but it’s just indicative of the level of pressures there are in the Met. Here is a case which is serious and from the get-go, looked solvable, but it seems to have stalled. Police released CCTV footage of the moment a jogger appeared to push a woman into the path of an oncoming bus The “Putney pusher” case in which a jogger apparently pushed a woman into the path of an oncoming bus is unlikely to be solved, former senior detectives have said.The bizarre incident, which was captured on CCTV, caused astonishment and horror when the footage was released.The woman, 33, was incredibly lucky to survive thanks to the rapid reaction of the bus driver. When she attempted to approach the jogger as he ran back in the other direction 15 minutes later, he did not acknowledge her.Three months after the incident, which took place at 7.40am on May 5, the Metropolitan Police launched an appeal for information regarding the identity of the middle-aged man. Since then, three men have been arrested but quickly released without charge.Colin Sutton, a retired detective chief inspector who solved some of the Met’s most notorious crimes, said that such cases reached a point when there was little else that could be done with limited money and resources.“Something that high profile and potentially as dangerous as this, ten years ago, would have had a different level of attention,” he told the Telegraph. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
Putney pusher case unlikely to be solved say former detectives
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