Police Arrest Man In Connection With 1990 Hanley Taxi Driver Murder

Police Arrest Man In Connection With 1990 Hanley Taxi Driver Murder

With the persistence of the police it really is true that no crime goes unpunished.

The Staffordshire police have this week returned to a case from 1990, a brutal murder of a taxi driver in Mon Cop.

Although continuously revisiting the case the police seem to have had a breakthrough, arresting a 49-year-old man in connection with the murder of the taxi driver, Stephen Johnson.

The suspect from Stoke-on-Trent is although on bail still a vital person in the police’ investigation.

Officers have also searched a number of properties across North Staffordshire as part of their inquiries into the murder.

Father-of-two Steven from Hanley had picked up a passenger near his home and was heading to Packmoor in December 1990.

His body was later found by a dog walker on a snow-covered farm track at Mow Cop.

A police spokesman said: “A 49-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the murder of Steven Johnson.

“A number of residential properties in Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire have been also been searched in connection with the arrest and the man has now been released on police bail while detectives continue to review any potential evidence.”

The police are now reviewing all of the information they gathered at the time of the murder and findings from recent endeavours.

Detective Chief Inspector Darren Harding said: “Steven Johnson was a 25-year-old taxi driver who was found by a dog walker, a short distance from his taxi in a remote farm track off Castle Road, Mow Cop, on December 22, 1990.

“While any arrest in connection with a murder investigation is significant, it is important not to speculate as our inquiries are very much ongoing.”

Steven’s family, including his two daughters, have been informed of the latest development.

DCI Harding added: “Specially-trained detectives have continued to support the family.”

Although the police do seem to be making progress on this case they are still pleading with the public for more information.



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