Freshwater part 4: radar


In the past three episodes, we have taken you through the key evidence heard at the trial of the Freshwater Five. It was enough to convict them back in 2011. The men received long sentences: 104 years between them. But as the case heads to the England and Wales court of appeal in London, the judges will hear new evidence unearthed by the men’s lawyer, Emily Bolton.

She tells Anushka Asthana how she tracked down information about the movement of vessels in the English Channel on the weekend in question. The defence team will argue that radar data indicates that the fishers’ boat never got close enough to the path taken by a container ship from Brazil to allow the transfer of drugs, as argued by the prosecution.

The data also suggests the presence of what appears to be a surveillance plane over Freshwater Bay minutes after officers said they saw the men throw items into the sea.

Finally, the data also also shows the presence of a mystery vessel in Freshwater Bay – an hour after the men’s lobster boat had departed.



A patrol ship

Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA

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