Nightstalker Delroy Grant caught out by cops as they found anorack and crowbar

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ITV drama Manhunt: The Nightstalker, sequel to the 2019 series starring Martin Clunes, airs on Monday September 20.

The four part drama tells the true story of the police pursuit of a notorious serial burglar and rapist, Delroy Grant, who came to be known as The Nightstalker.

Grant committed a series of burglaries, rapes and indecent assaults against elderly and vulnerable people in South East London from 1992 – 2009.

The investigation into the Nightstalker in 2009 that led to his arrest, was led DCI Colin Sutton, whose diaries have provided the basis for the new Manhunt: The Nightstalker series.

Here's how DCI Colin Sutton and the Operation Minstead team finally caught the Nightstalker after 17 years.

In 1998, Operation Minstead, a dedicated task force was set up to hunt down the man known as the Night Stalker.

However in 1999, police dismissed Grant as a suspect, when the DNA of another person with a similar name was confused with his.

A call to the BBC programme Crimewatch in 2001, regarding information about a suspicious individual called Delroy Grant living in South London was also dismissed by police, as Delroy Grant had already been excluded from their investigations.

DCI Colin Sutton was asked to lead on the case in 2009.

He had recently caught the serial killer Levi Bellfield and worked with Detective Superintendent Simon Morgan and the Operation Minstead team.

Sutton proposed a strategy that he believed could catch The Nightstalker and focused the team's efforts on a large surveillance operation around an area of south east London, which police analysts has identified as the area where the Nightstalker most commonly committed his crimes.

The surveillance programme involved 70 undercover officers, who using hidden cameras and helicopters, observed the streets of Shirley, near Croydon.

The Nightstalker was seen on camera in August 2009, and during the surveillance operation, a local business' CCTV camera caught the outline of a Vauxhall Zafira, while another CCTV camera also caught the shadow of a man sat in the car near to where a burglary had recently taken place.

Investigators made a list of suspects using the DVLA database, and were advised to make a note of any silver Vauxhall Zafiras that they saw.

On November 14, an undercover officer noticed a silver Vauxhall Zafira parked on a street, and at 12.30am, saw a man leave in the car.

Police followed the car, being driven by Grant, and pulled the vehicle over.

In the car, they then found evidence that linked Grant to the Nightstalker crimes.

A crowbar used to open windows of the houses where he struck, and a dark blue anorak and fleece worn by Grant as he withdrew money using victim's cash cards, were found in the car.

A police dog also traced Grant's scent from the car to a home where he had tried to break in.

Grant was taken to a police station, where DNA tests confirmed that he was The Nightstalker.

Delroy Grant was sentenced to a minimum of 27 years in jail on March 25 2011.

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