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Dark Arts

A Bristol Cable true crime series

The murder in south London of Daniel Morgan has cast a shadow over British policing, the Home Office and the media since the fatal axe blow struck the 37-year-old private investigator’s head in a pub car park on 10 March 1987.

For the last three decades, Jonathan Rees has been the police’s prime suspect behind the murder of his business partner, a crime he denies.

The case has been examined by five police investigations; it became a centrepiece of the Leveson inquiry into media standards and is currently the subject of a government-appointed panel who have still not reported after seven years.

In 2015, the action moved to Bristol when Rees became involved with an ex-SAS man to recover stolen art belonging to Esmond Bulmer, the cider baron and former MP. Pressure from the Tory grandee on Theresa May and Avon and Somerset police had caused the case to be reopened.

Dark Arts is a tale of private investigators, corruption, political pressure, Pakistani heroin and a mansion in the Somerset hills revealed over three parts in a new Cable true crime series.


Avon and Somerset police to be sued over botched art heist investigation

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Part three: A Somerset cider baron’s stolen art collection, heroin from Pakistan, two collapsed cases and a rinsed taxpayer

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Part two: The troubled cop bent on solving the UK’s longest running murder case, and a key player in the phone hacking scandal

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Part one: The axe murder suspect, Somerset Tory cider baron and botched art heist police probe

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