Retired detective warns Blackburn murderer 'will kill again'

Retired detective warns Blackburn murderer 'will kill again'

INSIDER KNOWLEDGE Retired detective Harry Court helped bring Anthony Entwistle to justice

KILLER Anthony Entwistle

TRAGIC Michelle Calvy was killed in 1987

SCENE Entwistle is led away from Blackburn Magistrates Court after being charged with murder in April 1987

First published in News Blackburn Citizen: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

THE detective who secured the confession of notorious murderer Anthony Entwistle has warned he will kill again if released.

Retired Harry Court said Entwistle, who raped and murdered Blackburn 16-year-old Michelle Calvy in 1987, should never be allowed out of prison.

He fears the 62-year-old, who is eligible for parole later this year, will not be able to stop his ‘insatiable sexual drive’ and would be a risk to women.

Entwistle has served 25 years of a life sentence and had initially been told told he would never be released because of his terrible crime.

As a detective constable in Blackburn, Mr Court was pivotal in securing the conviction of Entwistle for rape and five indecent assaults in 1980. Six years earlier he had also been jailed for four rapes.

After Entwistle was pulled in for questioning over Michelle’s death, he asked to speak to Mr Court.

He then confessed to hurting Michelle, dumping her body in Tockholes and burning her clothes. She was killed 17 days after he had been released from prison for the 1980 rape.

Mr Court said he was certain Entwistle would attack more women if he was released by the parole board.

He said: “I dealt with him for a number of rapes and attacks on women.

Related links

“I got to know him very well. He opened up to me and trusted me.

“I probably knew him better than anyone else.

“He told me what motivated him sexually. He had an insatiable sexual drive.

“On one occasion he attacked a woman and within two hours he was out looking for another victim.

“Within a couple of weeks of being released from prison back in 1987, he couldn’t stop himself from attacking Michelle Calvy.

“I know if he is released he will attack another female within a very short space of time.”

Mr Court said he developed something of a ‘rapport’ with Entwistle during the earlier case.

After Entwistle was arrested for Michelle’s murder he had initially denied any involvement in the crime.

But after two days in custody he asked to speak to Mr Court and admitted what he had done.

He was later found guilty of raping and strangling Michelle after a trial in which Mr Court gave evidence.

Mr Court said: “On April 16, 1987, Entwistle said he wanted to speak to me after he had appeared in magistrates’ court.

“We talked for a while but I could see he was hiding something. I said ‘look Tony, did you do it?’

“He broke down in tears and admitted everything. But he said he hadn’t tried to kill her.

“He said he was trying to comfort her. I don’t believe that for a second.”

Entwistle then took Mr Court to where he had first seen Michelle, where he raped her and where he dumped her body.

He also showed him the site where he had attempted to burn her clothes, near Pickup Bank.

Mr Court said on the face of it Entwistle was a very clever man who didn’t seem evil. He said: “He was an intelligent, articulate man. His dad was chief fire officer for Blackburn.

“He was a pretty amenable type of fellow.”

Mr Court said he had once been to visit Entwistle in prison after retiring from the police in 1993 as a Detective Constable.

He said: “He asked to see me as he had heard a hypnotist could put him in a trance to help him recall details from Michelle’s murder.

“It was blatantly obvious to me then that he was mad as a hatter.”

Mr Court has also received letters written to him by Entwistle, detailing some of the rapes he committed in gruesome detail.

The letters describe offences in Livesey Branch Road in Blackburn, Little Harwood, Bolton Road in Darwen, Hodder Grove in Darwen, Burnley, Intack in Blackburn and Ribchester.

Describing one incident he said: “I left the rope in my pocket ... I didn’t want her to start screaming like the others.

“I went up behind her, put it round her neck and told her not to scream.”

Until three years ago Entwistle was one of 35 killers, including Ian Brady, who were told they would never be released from prison.

But a review by High Court judge Mr Justice Davis found he should be eligible for consideration for parole after serving 25 years.

Last month Michelle’s family launched a petition to keep him behind bars for the rest of his life.

Her brother Paul, 42, said: “We are really grateful to all these people who have come forward.

“All the publicity the case has got is really helping our cause.”

To sign the petition, visit http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/36769 or click the related link (above, right).

Comments (20)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

1:01pm Fri 7 Sep 12

jimpy0 says...

he's done the time he was sentenced to, release him like any other criminal and wait to see if he reoffends like any other criminal. If he is that much of a threat then he should have been detained at her majesties pleasure, or executed but that is a step too far for you lefty liberals.
he's done the time he was sentenced to, release him like any other criminal and wait to see if he reoffends like any other criminal. If he is that much of a threat then he should have been detained at her majesties pleasure, or executed but that is a step too far for you lefty liberals. jimpy0
  • Score: -15

1:34pm Fri 7 Sep 12

norah bhatty says...

Release him and wait to see if he offends again? If this man is ever released, no female would be safe. How many times does he need to offend before the penny drops?

If released, where exactly is he going to live, because not many people would want him living anywhere near them. At the very least, if he is released, then the whole of Lancashire should be told where he is going to live, and hopefully the outcry would be sufficient.

Entwistle should never be released, and the authorities should ensure that he isn't. Spare a thought for the family of Michelle, before suggesting that he should be released and the public wait to see if he re-offends. Anyone who supports his freedom should make contact with Michelle's family, and see what effect Entwistle's actions have had.

Leave him where he is for the sake of all females.
Release him and wait to see if he offends again? If this man is ever released, no female would be safe. How many times does he need to offend before the penny drops? If released, where exactly is he going to live, because not many people would want him living anywhere near them. At the very least, if he is released, then the whole of Lancashire should be told where he is going to live, and hopefully the outcry would be sufficient. Entwistle should never be released, and the authorities should ensure that he isn't. Spare a thought for the family of Michelle, before suggesting that he should be released and the public wait to see if he re-offends. Anyone who supports his freedom should make contact with Michelle's family, and see what effect Entwistle's actions have had. Leave him where he is for the sake of all females. norah bhatty
  • Score: 6

1:50pm Fri 7 Sep 12

makaveli96 says...

jimpy0 wrote:
he's done the time he was sentenced to, release him like any other criminal and wait to see if he reoffends like any other criminal. If he is that much of a threat then he should have been detained at her majesties pleasure, or executed but that is a step too far for you lefty liberals.
If all criminals were executed there would be no need for prisons and we would live in a perfect society.

Reduced tax, reduced carbon footprint, and food for our animals.

Why are people/governments so soft?
[quote][p][bold]jimpy0[/bold] wrote: he's done the time he was sentenced to, release him like any other criminal and wait to see if he reoffends like any other criminal. If he is that much of a threat then he should have been detained at her majesties pleasure, or executed but that is a step too far for you lefty liberals.[/p][/quote]If all criminals were executed there would be no need for prisons and we would live in a perfect society. Reduced tax, reduced carbon footprint, and food for our animals. Why are people/governments so soft? makaveli96
  • Score: 2

2:32pm Fri 7 Sep 12

jimpy0 says...

why would they tell you anything - how many sex offenders currently reside in our neighbourhoods that you know nothing about. ALL criminals is a bit strong makaveli, but certainly a life for a life and any prison term over 2 years warrants immediate deportation for the immigrant criminal fraternity, with their family to follow in serious cases. Plus i hate the legislation with a passion but does this not breach HIS human rights.
why would they tell you anything - how many sex offenders currently reside in our neighbourhoods that you know nothing about. ALL criminals is a bit strong makaveli, but certainly a life for a life and any prison term over 2 years warrants immediate deportation for the immigrant criminal fraternity, with their family to follow in serious cases. Plus i hate the legislation with a passion but does this not breach HIS human rights. jimpy0
  • Score: -3

3:06pm Fri 7 Sep 12

makaveli96 says...

jimpy0 wrote:
why would they tell you anything - how many sex offenders currently reside in our neighbourhoods that you know nothing about. ALL criminals is a bit strong makaveli, but certainly a life for a life and any prison term over 2 years warrants immediate deportation for the immigrant criminal fraternity, with their family to follow in serious cases. Plus i hate the legislation with a passion but does this not breach HIS human rights.
People are the same as race horses.

If you remove the evil, the scum, and blood the good, then eventually we will have harmony.

Whatever ones race, beliefs etc etc wouldn't matter. Only the good would survive.

A Capitol sentence for all crime would be the ultimate deterrent!
[quote][p][bold]jimpy0[/bold] wrote: why would they tell you anything - how many sex offenders currently reside in our neighbourhoods that you know nothing about. ALL criminals is a bit strong makaveli, but certainly a life for a life and any prison term over 2 years warrants immediate deportation for the immigrant criminal fraternity, with their family to follow in serious cases. Plus i hate the legislation with a passion but does this not breach HIS human rights.[/p][/quote]People are the same as race horses. If you remove the evil, the scum, and blood the good, then eventually we will have harmony. Whatever ones race, beliefs etc etc wouldn't matter. Only the good would survive. A Capitol sentence for all crime would be the ultimate deterrent! makaveli96
  • Score: -1

5:18pm Fri 7 Sep 12

HairyBowls says...

These types of scum are costing us a fortune to keep, and give society nothing in return. When you commit crimes as bad as this, you should forfeit your human rights be hung. Only then would I accept this murdering cowardly scumbag has paid his debt to society in full.
These types of scum are costing us a fortune to keep, and give society nothing in return. When you commit crimes as bad as this, you should forfeit your human rights be hung. Only then would I accept this murdering cowardly scumbag has paid his debt to society in full. HairyBowls
  • Score: 2

6:05pm Fri 7 Sep 12

trigger57 says...

RE: norah batty, He will be made very welcome at James Street Hostel in Darwen and after a short period of time they will get him a nice little flat with Twin Valley Homes, slipping him into the community!!!!!
RE: norah batty, He will be made very welcome at James Street Hostel in Darwen and after a short period of time they will get him a nice little flat with Twin Valley Homes, slipping him into the community!!!!! trigger57
  • Score: 3

7:55pm Fri 7 Sep 12

andreak says...

Im no liberal lefty , but how many times can one man be allowed to offend , this isn't a game its peoples lives hes ruined , Michelle's family being one lot and all his other victims before who were raped by him , his own family who I think know him better than anyone have wrote in Accrington paper he is a massive threat to society , I just hope if he ever is released he doesnt hurt anyone in your family and you never have to eat your words .
Im no liberal lefty , but how many times can one man be allowed to offend , this isn't a game its peoples lives hes ruined , Michelle's family being one lot and all his other victims before who were raped by him , his own family who I think know him better than anyone have wrote in Accrington paper he is a massive threat to society , I just hope if he ever is released he doesnt hurt anyone in your family and you never have to eat your words . andreak
  • Score: 2

7:58pm Fri 7 Sep 12

captain ian says...

It would be wrong to release him because no one knows if he is still a risk
It would be wrong to release him because no one knows if he is still a risk captain ian
  • Score: 2

8:25pm Fri 7 Sep 12

makaveli96 says...

captain ian wrote:
It would be wrong to release him because no one knows if he is still a risk
The choice should to this scum should be simple:

1) life imprisonment
2) hung
3) released with removal of testicles, arms, legs and eyes
[quote][p][bold]captain ian[/bold] wrote: It would be wrong to release him because no one knows if he is still a risk[/p][/quote]The choice should to this scum should be simple: 1) life imprisonment 2) hung 3) released with removal of testicles, arms, legs and eyes makaveli96
  • Score: 4

9:48pm Fri 7 Sep 12

thoroughbred says...

yes! capitol punishment for 100% certs, why should we the tax payer keep scum like this, in, or out, of prison?
yes! capitol punishment for 100% certs, why should we the tax payer keep scum like this, in, or out, of prison? thoroughbred
  • Score: 1

8:30am Sat 8 Sep 12

makaveli96 says...

thoroughbred wrote:
yes! capitol punishment for 100% certs, why should we the tax payer keep scum like this, in, or out, of prison?
Enough of our tax is wasted on the unemployed (long term who don't want to work before you start) and the monarchy.

Soon we will be paying benefits to people not born in the country!

Out of our TAXES!!!
[quote][p][bold]thoroughbred[/bold] wrote: yes! capitol punishment for 100% certs, why should we the tax payer keep scum like this, in, or out, of prison?[/p][/quote]Enough of our tax is wasted on the unemployed (long term who don't want to work before you start) and the monarchy. Soon we will be paying benefits to people not born in the country! Out of our TAXES!!! makaveli96
  • Score: 0

1:53pm Sat 8 Sep 12

PsychologyLover says...

He deserves to be in prison, he should never be let out. If he is released he will continue his dirty work and never be caught again. To be honest he's not as thick as he looks.
He deserves to be in prison, he should never be let out. If he is released he will continue his dirty work and never be caught again. To be honest he's not as thick as he looks. PsychologyLover
  • Score: 0

2:39pm Sat 8 Sep 12

norah bhatty says...

re trigger 57 -

If they even attempted to put Entwistle in the Darwen hostel, then hopefully one of the workers there will spill the beans and let the whole of Lancashire know exactly where he is, this hostel or any other.

There is no place for him anywhere other than the prison cell where he should be kept for the rest of his life.

People should monitor this issue in earnest, to ensure he is hounded out of any house the authorities choose to place him, and you can bet that it won't be anywhere near where those who release him live.

Keep the public interest alive
re trigger 57 - If they even attempted to put Entwistle in the Darwen hostel, then hopefully one of the workers there will spill the beans and let the whole of Lancashire know exactly where he is, this hostel or any other. There is no place for him anywhere other than the prison cell where he should be kept for the rest of his life. People should monitor this issue in earnest, to ensure he is hounded out of any house the authorities choose to place him, and you can bet that it won't be anywhere near where those who release him live. Keep the public interest alive norah bhatty
  • Score: 0

2:55pm Sun 9 Sep 12

woolywords says...

makaveli96 wrote:
thoroughbred wrote:
yes! capitol punishment for 100% certs, why should we the tax payer keep scum like this, in, or out, of prison?
Enough of our tax is wasted on the unemployed (long term who don't want to work before you start) and the monarchy.

Soon we will be paying benefits to people not born in the country!

Out of our TAXES!!!
Of course you missed the bit where we pay foreigners for their children who were only here for the school holidays and until the claim for tax credits/housing benefits et al, was completed then the went back home to Poland.
Or how we pay people who are chronic alcoholics over £230 in disability benefits who can't work because they are drunk!
The person that made the decision that being permanently drunk is a disease should be publicly flogged!
[quote][p][bold]makaveli96[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]thoroughbred[/bold] wrote: yes! capitol punishment for 100% certs, why should we the tax payer keep scum like this, in, or out, of prison?[/p][/quote]Enough of our tax is wasted on the unemployed (long term who don't want to work before you start) and the monarchy. Soon we will be paying benefits to people not born in the country! Out of our TAXES!!![/p][/quote]Of course you missed the bit where we pay foreigners for their children who were only here for the school holidays and until the claim for tax credits/housing benefits et al, was completed then the went back home to Poland. Or how we pay people who are chronic alcoholics over £230 in disability benefits who can't work because they are drunk! The person that made the decision that being permanently drunk is a disease should be publicly flogged! woolywords
  • Score: 0

2:57pm Sun 9 Sep 12

disgusted tunbridge wells says...

If Entwistle had got a proper sentence for the rapes Michelle would still be with us today
If Entwistle had got a proper sentence for the rapes Michelle would still be with us today disgusted tunbridge wells
  • Score: 1

3:02pm Sun 9 Sep 12

woolywords says...

Entwistle should have been jailed for life after his 3rd rape conviction. The judicary have the gall to now compound their disgrace by now insisting that he be considered for parole. How can any right thinking person not hold them in anything less than utter contempt for their assinine thinking?
Consider for parole then answer it with, apply again in another 25 years. He should only be released to a funeral home and nowhere else.
Entwistle should have been jailed for life after his 3rd rape conviction. The judicary have the gall to now compound their disgrace by now insisting that he be considered for parole. How can any right thinking person not hold them in anything less than utter contempt for their assinine thinking? Consider for parole then answer it with, apply again in another 25 years. He should only be released to a funeral home and nowhere else. woolywords
  • Score: 0

1:11am Mon 10 Sep 12

kenbro says...

jimpy0 - release him like any other criminal and see if he reoffends ?
If they do release him and he rapes and murders one of your female relatives I wonder if that will still be your opinion ? And would it be your opinion now if Michelle had been your daughter ?
jimpy0 - release him like any other criminal and see if he reoffends ? If they do release him and he rapes and murders one of your female relatives I wonder if that will still be your opinion ? And would it be your opinion now if Michelle had been your daughter ? kenbro
  • Score: 1

6:50am Tue 11 Sep 12

slimitus says...

jimpy0 wrote:
he's done the time he was sentenced to, release him like any other criminal and wait to see if he reoffends like any other criminal. If he is that much of a threat then he should have been detained at her majesties pleasure, or executed but that is a step too far for you lefty liberals.
Are you a bloody idiot? He's already claimed that he " will " kill again. Sometimes it pains me to know that people like you really exist here.
[quote][p][bold]jimpy0[/bold] wrote: he's done the time he was sentenced to, release him like any other criminal and wait to see if he reoffends like any other criminal. If he is that much of a threat then he should have been detained at her majesties pleasure, or executed but that is a step too far for you lefty liberals.[/p][/quote]Are you a bloody idiot? He's already claimed that he " will " kill again. Sometimes it pains me to know that people like you really exist here. slimitus
  • Score: 1

6:11pm Wed 3 Oct 12

mrscharitysweet says...

bring back hanging for pedo's
bring back hanging for pedo's mrscharitysweet
  • Score: 0

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree