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Publisher to give readers crime exclusives in new paywall plan

Mark Williams-ThomasA regional publisher is to offer exclusive true crime content to paying subscribers in a new online initiative.

Newsquest has announced the new subscriber-only service as part of its ‘True Crime UK’ brand.

The service will be available via dedicated sections on each of the publisher’s portfolio of regional newspaper websites.

Newsquest has promised readers who sign up to the service “gripping documentaries, immersive podcasts and exclusive content based on true crime”.

Subscriptions are available for £4.99 per month or £52 annually. Introductory rates of £3 for three months or £31.20 for the first year are also available.

To mark the launch of the new True Crime UK service, Newsquest has produced a series of video documentaries about the White House Murders, produced by investigations editor Mark Williams-Thomas, pictured.

Jeremy Bamber is serving a life tariff in a maximum security prison for the killings of five of his family members at a home near the Essex village of Tolleshunt D’Arcy in August 1985.

The 61-year-old was convicted of murdering his adoptive parents, Nevill and June, both 61, his sister, Sheila Caffell, 26, and her six-year-old twins, Daniel and Nicholas.

But he has always protested his innocence and claims that Ms Caffell, who suffered from schizophrenia, shot her family before turning the gun on herself.

Mark, a retired detective best known for exposing Jimmy Savile as a paedophile in ITV’s The Other Side of Jimmy Savile, believes the case could be one of the biggest miscarriages of justice in the UK.