Alan Holmes (1943 – 1996)

Attacked for just £1,000 in his own home in Parkway, Camden, NW1 on Christmas Day 1995, Derry born police mechanic Alan Holmes was left “tightly tied” to his bed, face down and fully clothed for ten days in a building where he was the last remaining tenant. Discovered only after he failed to show up for work on the 4th January 2006, he survived for one night more and was able to explain the appalling crime perpetrated upon him before dying as a result of “horrendous injuries,” blood clotting and dehydration at University College Hospital, Bloomsbury. In spite of a £20,000 reward and (sadly too grainy to be of much use) CCTV images of individuals using his bank cards being made public, Mr Holmes’ “cold and ruthless” murderers have never been apprehended. Of this generous “quiet soul” and multiple sclerosis sufferer, his sister, Mavis Yule, later remarked: “He was a friendly, gentle person. He loved poetry and should have been a writer. He was very kind and would have given you the shirt off his back. Living in London, he saw people begging and sleeping in doorways. He felt very sorry for these people. He may have given them money for soup or given them a blanket – but he would never have let anybody he did not know into his flat.” In 2016, Richard Osley, the deputy editor of the Camden New Journal, rightly asked: “Who killed Alan Holmes? We have to keep asking… As clichéd and contrived as it may sound, Alan Holmes, the police mechanic who was starved in his own home, is the ghost of NW1’s Christmas past… An appeal might seem like a token gesture, a shot in the dark, but it’d be something.”


Watch ‘Crimewatch’s’ report on the case (aired Thursday 29th February 1996 at 10pm on BBC1), go to 5:20 minutes to start:


Alan Holmes (1943 – 1996) – Tied up and left to die in his Camden home in 1995 – Attacked for just £1,000 in his own home in Camden, NW1 on Christmas Day 1995, police mechanic Alan Holmes was left tied up in the most cruel fashion. Discovered on 4th January 1996, he died 24 hours later as a result of the injuries caused by his thieving killers. His murderers have never been caught.
The last known photograph of Alan Holmes, enjoying the company of friends on 25th December 1995 (as seen on the BBC’s ‘Crimewatch’).


  1. Yes absolutely they should leave no stone unturned to catch these evil bastards. To leave a human being trussed up like that for all that time is incomprehensible. They only had to make an anonymous call to the police to let them know. We’ve spent God knows how much on find Madeline, find her now, but we allocate a measly 20 grand reward on this, it’s a bloody disgrace. I have never been an advocate for the death penalty, but if anybody needed to meet Albert Pierpoint, it’s these evil bastards.

  2. PS
    Its ironic really, if these scum had been caught and sentenced back when the crime was committed. They would probably be out now enjoying life.

  3. This scares me. I am a pensioner and I live alone. I have visitors but not every day. Please, I urge you all, I urge you, please check on your elderly and vulnerable neighbours often – especially often now please.

  4. Truly sad. Some people deserve hanging. Don’t banish them to the colonies!!!!!!!!!!. Not needed down under!!!!!!!!!! Stretching noose needed !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Sorry Rod- I think we all like you really but where the fuck are you on this one?

    Sorry Ethel, I know you may not care for naughty words, but take care of yourself Lovie


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