40 YEARS ON: Four members of same family held captive and killed by escaped convict in Derbyshire

Police at Pottery Cottage, Eastmoor, Chesterfield.
Police at Pottery Cottage, Eastmoor, Chesterfield.

It was one of the most horrific episodes in Derbyshire’s criminal history and it took place 40 years ago this week.

Escaped convict Billy Hughes held a family captive in their home, before murdering four of them. After a terrifying 55-hour ordeal, Hughes became the first man shot dead by Derbyshire Police.