Off the hook: ‘Prime suspect’ in Jeremy Thorpe hit-man farce is told by police they will NOT reopen their investigation into him as the experienced pilot vanishes again… along with his own PLANE

Mail Online | 5/8/2004 | Chris Greenwood for the Daily Mail;David Churchill For The Daily Mail;Tom Witherow For The Daily Mail
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The farce over the investigation of the plot to murder Jeremy Thorpe’s ex-lover deepened last night when the prime suspect appeared to be off the hook.

Police had rushed to the home of Andrew ‘Gino’ Newton, 71, at the weekend after admitting he was not in fact dead – only to discover that he had vanished.

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Now it has emerged that he has been told by officers that they have no interest in reinvestigating his role in the scandal and that they are confident there is ‘no basis’ for a fresh inquiry.

Police claimed to have contacted the accomplished pilot, whose whereabouts are unknown, as his girlfriend joked that he could be on the run on ‘the other side of Paris’.

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Fellow aviators said they did not know the location of his Italian-registered motor glider plane, which can travel up to 600 miles on a tank of fuel.

Gwent Police said it spoke to Newton, now known as Hann Redwin, to ‘confirm his status and whereabouts’ and that he was ‘unable to provide any additional evidence’.

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The force appeared to be scrambling to shut down an extraordinary farce in which reality and fiction in the form of a BBC TV drama collided.

Newton was at the centre of a police inquiry after he was accused of attempting to kill Thorpe’s ex-lover Norman Scott, 78, in a conspiracy orchestrated by the former Liberal leader in 1975.

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After Thorpe’s death in 2014, west London petty crook Dennis Meighan said he dropped out of the role of gunman in the £140,000 plot and that Newton took his place. Newton was later convicted of shooting Mr Scott’s dog Rinka. Mr Scott said he escaped only when the gun jammed.

But officers from Gwent Police concluded Newton was dead and the Crown...
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