40 YEARS ON: Four members of same family held captive and killed by escaped convict in Derbyshire

Police at Pottery Cottage, Eastmoor, Chesterfield.
Police at Pottery Cottage, Eastmoor, Chesterfield.
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It was one of the most horrific episodes in Derbyshire’s criminal history and it took place 40 years ago this week.

Escaped convict Billy Hughes held a family captive in their home, before murdering four of them. After a terrifying 55-hour ordeal, Hughes became the first man shot dead by Derbyshire Police.