Notorious Solihull gangster J ohn ­“Goldfinger” Palmer may have been murdered over rumoured links to the Hatton Garden heist, a Crimewatch appeal is set to hear tonight. Officers at the scene, unaware of his criminal past, accepted the advice of paramedics who believed he died as a result of recent heart surgery. explains more about how we use your data, and your rights. Although never a suspect himself for the raid, Palmer was linked to the £26m Brink's-Mat robbery at Heathrow Airport in 1983 alongside the oldest member of the Hatton Garden gang, 77-year-old Brian Reader. Detectives probing the murder are focusing on two major lines of inquiry – the first being the fact Palmer was due to stand trial in Spain on real estate fraud charges. Before Palmer was killed, the hitman watched his target through a tiny hole in his 6ft fence. We don’t see any connection there.”. “Due to John’s significant criminal history there are people or groups of people who may have wished to do him harm. Reader, who was jailed for nine years for his part in the Brink's-Mat high-security warehouse heist, will be sentenced at a later date after being too ill to attend court with the other members of the gang. Another "very significant" line related to Palmer being due to stand trial in Spain on suspicion of real estate fraud. You can unsubscribe at any time. Palmer was suspected of smelting some of the stolen gold. "We cannot comment on the truth of many of these rumours, although if people in the criminal underworld believed them then it is entirely possible that this led to someone commissioning a professional hit on him. Palmer was last seen on CCTV at 5.30pm. But to assume we missed anything would be speculation...[the absence of clues] reinforces the professionalism of the hit.”. Around 85 families were staying at one address along the Hagley Road. The men, who cannot be named for legal reasons, face trial on charges including laundering crime proceeds. The notorious criminal was shot by a hitman in the garden of his country mansion just two months after the £14million raid and a month after nine men were arrested. Six of the men responsible for the multimillion-pound Hatton Garden jewellery store heist have been sentenced to a total of 34 years. Det Chief Insp Jennings added: “When viewing crime scenes we try to get there at the earliest opportunity. No gunshots were heard by witnesses at the time and Palmer was killed in an area not covered by CCTV. 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Some potential witnesses had refused to be interviewed, but it was still a wide-ranging investigation with proactive work to be done, he added. Police want to speak with up to four people to in connection with the murder. Details of Palmer’s final hours will be broadcast on BBC1’s Crimewatch. Witnesses saw two or three men “digging” in Weald Country Park – next to Palmer’s home – a day before he was shot. Ashley Thilthorpe, the partner of Palmer's daughter, was the only family member at the inquest. An Essex police spokesman said: “We are aware of speculation as to whether Mr Palmer had been speaking to law ­enforcement agencies about previous criminal connections and rumours about his links to other o­rganised criminal activity such as the Hatton Garden robbery. There are also suggestions that Palmer may have been targeted as he was about to become a "supergrass" for police. Mum-of-three Michelle was kidnapped, raped and killed in 2004 - her body has never been found. John Palmer, 65, was burning documents in a garden incinerator at his high-security property in the Essex countryside last summer when a professional hitman shot him at close range. “Therefore our search is not just for the gunman but for the person or group of people who may have commissioned this murder.”. Goldfinger killing: Thousands have motive in fraudster's death, inquest hears, John 'Goldfinger' Palmer was shot dead in his garden on June 24 last year, Palmer is thought to be linked to the Hatton Garden jewellery heist in 2015. An Essex Police spokesperson said: "We are aware of speculation as to whether Mr Palmer had been speaking to law ­enforcement agencies about previous criminal connections and rumours about his links to other o­rganised criminal activity such as the Hatton Garden robbery. The detective told the Chelmsford inquest that Palmer was suspected of selling proceeds from the £10m Hatton Garden jewellery heist. 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Coroner Caroline Beasley-Murray concluded Palmer was unlawfully killed. When Palmer lit a bonfire to burn documents near the fence, the killer jumped over and shot him six times. Although never a suspect himself for the raid, Palmer was linked to the £26m Brink's-Mat robbery at Heathrow Airport in 1983 alongside the oldest member of the Hatton Garden gang, From top left, clockwise: Terry Perkins, John Collins, William Lincoln, Hugh Doyle, Daniel Jones, Carl Wood, Brian Reader were convicted for the Hatton garden raid. He was not convicted, but it led to his nickname "Goldfinger". In 2001 Palmer was jailed at the Old Bailey for eight years for swindling 16,000 timeshare holiday customers out of £33m.

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