Firstly, yes, I have changed the theme of my blog. The other theme seemed to reach dial-up proportions of slowness at times and it was frustrating. Hopefully this new one will do the job much more efficiently.
The Disappearance of Vishal Mehrotra – local press
I discovered some news cuttings from local papers regarding the disappearance of Vishal Mehrotra in Putney on the day of the Royal Wedding on 29th July 1981. I haven’t seen them before so thought I’d share as they give a good insight in to the police investigation at the time. This post carries on from my previous one that sets out Vishal’s disappearance in much closer detail: The Disappearance of Vishal Mehrotra.
It’s also worth noting that the officers in charge of Operation Stranger and Operation Orchid felt that Vishal’s disappearance may have been connected to that of Jason Swift and Barry Lewis but were never able to find conclusive proof.
I am including the first cutting to show that there were very few street parties around, which goes some way to dismissing the view that he ran off to join one.
23 July 1981: The Herald: Wedding day work for many
6th August 1981 – The Herald: Missing boy – fears grow
13 August 1981 – The Herald: ‘Help Us’ – Police
20 August 1981 – The Herald: Medium helps hunt for boy
3 September 1981 – The Herald: Missing Boy: Hunt goes on
24 September 1981 – The Herald: Mother’s prayers for her lost son
31 December 1981 – The Herald: Five months later but hunt goes on for missing boy
4 March 1982 – The Herald: Tragic end to missing boy hunt – Skeleton mystery
18 March 1982 – The Herald: Vishal – police theory
8 April 1982 – The Herald: Vishal – new leads in murder hunt
8 April 1982 – The Herald: Vishal – hunt for clues goes on
Unrelated but interesting all the same, I must add that despite claims that Lennie Smith (Operation Orchid) died in the sex offenders unit in Nottingham, his death was actually registered in Petersfield where, it has been established, his father lived – as well where Vishal’s body was found.