A man in Belfast Prison told police that the axeman who killed Albert Porter, 54, in Milton Street, Burnley, Lancashire, on Monday, February 18th, 1963, was the dead man’s son-in-law, Adrian Ayres.

Quite why was difficult to say, since the judge at the Lancaster Assizes trial of the unfortunate Mr. Ayres had to tell the jury that even the prosecution were “filled with misgivings” about the case. Ayres, a 24-year-old factory worker, was released on the judge’s order to the jury to return a not guilty verdict.