He was awarded a CBE for his services to broadcasting, charity and crime prevention (Picture: Publicity)
The broadcaster, 74, said he believed meeting victims while working on the popular BBC programme had changed both his and Dando’s views on how to tackle crime.
Ross also said the original show had been ‘shutting the door after the horse had bolted,’ making him less interested in seeking justice and more focused on trying to prevent offending.
He was speaking after being made a CBE for services to broadcasting, charity and crime prevention by the Princess Royal on Wednesday.
Ross credited Crimewatch with helping to break several high-profile cases but said it was ‘very difficult to imagine’ how the programme as it was first made would work now.
During his time on the show, viewers came forward with details that assisted investigations into crimes including the murders of James Bulger and Sarah Payne after the programme appealed for information.
Jill Dando was murdered in 1990 (Picture: Rex)
But the broadcaster said a decline in ratings, as well as the loss of a ‘sense of occasion’ around the airing of TV shows caused by the rise in streaming options, has weakened the chances of gaining valuable information.
He said: ‘At first I treated it like a journalist, but in the end you do get swept in – you can’t help but get swept into it, and particularly the more you meet the victims of crime.
‘You quickly realise the coverage of crime increases the fear of crime and there’s not much you can do about that. And a recognition too that we were largely shutting the door after the horse had bolted.’
He continued: ‘The criminal justice system is retrospective and so as we went on I, and I think one or two others, became more interested in crime prevention than in seeking justice for what has gone wrong in the past.’
Crimewatch aided in the investigations of unsolved crimes (Picture: Rex)
Ross added that the success of the programme in its prime was partly due to his ‘wonderful co-presenter’ Dando, who was murdered in 1999.
Reflecting on their work together, he said she was, like him and other people involved in the show, ‘changed by meeting more and more of the victims.’
‘There’s a danger of presenters often liking to upstage each other. She was the opposite of that,’ he praised.
‘At the end of the show, she was in high heels and she was taller than I was, and so when the camera moved in for the final goodbye, she would kick her heels off so that she wouldn’t dominate the picture. There aren’t many presenters who would have done that.’
Ross started a campaign to commemorate his colleague, which led to the creation of the Jill Dando Institute of Crime Science at University College London.
The presenter was described as ‘utterly committed’ (Picture: PA)
It has developed a multi-disciplinary approach to crime prevention.
Among its staff is a professor of future crime, whose role, Ross said, is to examine new technologies and products and analyse how they might be criminally exploited.
The TV star said that ‘if you turn that emphasis away from bad people to badly thought through products and services, you would have a big impact on crime, and we’ve seen that’s the reality.’
Ross has been chairman, president, trustee or patron of a large number of charities, including the heritage-focused Kensington Society and Prisoners Abroad.
The broadcaster said he was ‘very pleased’ to have received his award from Anne, with whom he used to chair committees for crime concern and victim support.
He has also been involved in road safety campaigning, which he said was inspired by The Biggest Epidemic Of Our Times, a documentary he worked on about road accidents.
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Crimewatch aired from 1984-2017.
The show reconstructed major, unsolved crimes to gain information from the public and attempt to solve the cases.
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LGBT+ History Month in London: 8 Events in the Capital in February 2023
There are plenty of great LGBT+ events going on in the capital this month (Picture: Getty)
From LGBT+ history walking tours, to drag events and pub quizzes, there’s bound to be something for everyone.
This year’s theme is #BehindtheLens and celebrates LGBT+ peoples’ contribution to cinema and film from behind the lens so there are also plenty of film related events taking place across the capital.
Here’s our round up of the best events the month has to offer.
LGBT+ history walking tours
London With A Local is carrying out a number of free LGBTQ+ history tours in the capital across February.
Expert tour guides will give you an insight into everything from how the queer influence of the Roman’s shaped the city, to the Aids crisis and the history of the iconic Heaven nightclub.
The tours begin at 11am, last for two hours and take place on every Sunday in February (February 5, 12, 19 and 26).
To find out more info and to book tickets visit the London With A Local website.
The meeting point for the tours is The Clermont Hotel, Strand, London WC2N 5HX.
This year’s theme is Behind The Lens (Picture: Getty)
‘Quiztorical’ quiz night
The quiz will include questions on queer history but will also cover a wider range of topics.
It’s £5 to enter , starts at 7pm and is open to LGBTQ+ people and allies.
More info can be found on the Sports Media LGBT+ website.
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Fierce Queens: All Aboard
On February 24, Fierce Queens will be taking over the Cutty Sark in Greenwich, for a night of cabaret, queer history and more, hosted by Drag King and Queen, Adam All and Apple Derrieres.
The event starts at 7pm and tickets are £14 for Royal Museums Greenwich members, £16 for non members and £12 for concessions.
For more information and to book tickets visit the Royal Museums Greenwich website.
Cutty Sark, King William Walk, London SE10 9HT
LQBTQ+ Film Day at the British Museum
The British Museum is celebrating this year’s LGBT+ history month theme, Behind the Lens, with a day showcasing LGBTQ+ short films Gay Black Group, What am I? and Sally Leapt Out of A Window Last Night.
There will also be a guided tour of some of the British Museum artifacts that have LGBTQ+ connections and there will be a live poetry reading from Simon Maddrell.
The event takes place on February 25 from 10:30-4 and is free to attend.
The British Museum, Great Russell St, London WC1B 3DG
For more information and to book tickets, click here.
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Kids storytime event with Dani the Storyteller
Under 5s can take part in a free immersive story telling experience on February 17, as Dani the storyteller takes them through the history of Islington’s Pride movement.
Dani will take the children on a journey as they play football with Stonewall FC, drive a red bus to the first-ever Pride March and celebrate under a giant rainbow flag.
The event takes place from 10-11am and more information can be found here.
Cally Clock Tower Centre, Caledonian Park Market Road London N7 9PL
Pride banner designing and making workshop
Pride banner making is just one of many great activities you can do this LGBT+ History Month (Picture: Getty)
El Warcha are putting on Pride Banner designing and making workshops at Wood green Library.
The designing workshop is on February 4 and then there is a separate workshop to make the banner you have designed on February 11.
The banners will celebrate inclusivity in the community and will be displayed in the library.
This event is for ages 14+ and is free to attend.
More info can be found here.
Nobody’s Perfect is a film event that will take place at St Pancras hospital on February 15, that will explore representation of LGBTQ+ people has changed on the big screen over the decades.
The event will include research from students at The University of Westminster and an introduction by Professor Pippa Catterall.
The takes place from 6:30 to 8:30, is free to attend and light refreshments will be provided.
More info can be found here.
AIDS: A cultural history
Aids: A Cultural History is a lecture discussing the virus’s impact on the LGBT+ community (Picture: Getty)
Aids: A Cultural History is a talk by Professor Joanna Bourke which focuses on the period before antiretroviral drugs were developed to treat the virus.
The lecture also discusses: ‘questions of civil liberties, gender and sexuality, race, religion, and cultures of both harm and care’.
It takes place at 6pm on February 16 and is free to attend.
More information can be found here.
Barnard’s Inn Hall, Holborn, London, EC1N 2HH
Lots more great events can be found here.
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Speeding Driver Who Killed ‘selfless’ Dad-of-two in Hit-and-run Jailed
Dad-of-three John Wilson was sentenced at the Old Bailey (Picture: Central News/REX)
A motorist who killed a ‘selfless’ father-of-two in a hit-and-run on a pedestrian crossing has been jailed.
John Wilson, 39, was travelling at 60mph on a 40mph dual carriageway when he hit Tarsem Randhawa, 55, while undertaking another car.
Mr Randhawa, a financial advisor, died at the scene on Great West Road in Isleworth, west London.
Wilson, a father-of-three, was driving his fiancee’s car without a licence or insurance when he hit the victim on April 28 last year.
He only confessed after police arrived at her home to arrest her for the offence, the Old Bailey heard.
Mr Randhawa, a devoted Chelsea fan, was described by his son, Marco, as ‘the most innocent, humble, selfless kind-hearted man’.
‘He was adored by everyone and the amount of love and support we received following his passing was truly overwhelming.’
His second son, Tiago, described his father as ‘his hero’ and ‘his rock’.
‘I thought I’d have Paps for my whole life,’ he said.
‘I thought he’d be there as I began my career, I thought he’d be there when I got married and I thought he’d be there when I had kids.
‘The pain of knowing that that future has been robbed from Paps, from me, from everyone has left me in a deep dark hole which can never be filled.
‘We have lost someone so beautiful, everyone’s favourite person.
‘The greatest pain is knowing how much pain Paps would have been in, to know that as quick as his death may had been there was also that split second when he knew he had lost it all.
‘An entire life of dedication, laughter and loving, had just disappeared.
‘To know my hero had to go through that hurts the worst, to know he was completely helpless as his life vanished as if he had never existed.’
Wilson looked away when the brothers walked past him in the dock.
Mr Randhawa’s sister, Binda Rai, said his death ‘tore our world apart and it remains so to this day.’
‘My brother shouldn’t have died and he certainly didn’t need to die at such a young age and in such a brutal way. A part of me has gone with him,’ Ms Rai said in a victim impact statement.
Sentencing him to 18 months in prison, Judge Charles Gratwicke told him: ‘You were driving above the speed limit.
‘You were undercutting a vehicle which was observing the speed limit.
‘Why you were speeding, only you know. If you had been observing the speed limit you could have swerved to the right and the collision could have been avoided.’
Wilson, of Brentford, west London, admitted causing death by careless or inconsiderate driving; causing death by driving a vehicle whilst uninsured and without a licence; and failing to stop after a traffic accident.
He has been disqualified from driving for two years and nine months.
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