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Martin Clunes shoots new ITV drama Manhunt on murder site

Actor Martin Clunes has been spotted filming at the exact spot where a French student was murdered by serial killer Levi Bellfield.

The star risked causing fresh outrage after he was pictured on set on Twickenham Green in south west London for ITV drama Manhunt.

Scenes were shot showing the aftermath of the murder of Amelie Delagrange, 22, who was found on the green in August 2004 with serious head injuries, and died in hospital the same night.

Clunes and ITV came under fire last month after the show filmed at the bus stop where schoolgirl Milly Dowler was last seen alive.

Martin Clunes was spotted on Twickenham Green, on the exact spot where the murder took place

A forensic tent could also be seen on the green, just like it was back in 2004 when the body was discovered

A forensic tent could also be seen on the green, just like it was back in 2004 when the body was discovered

The picture shows an actress, believed to be playing Miss Delegrange, being loaded on to a stretcher

The picture shows an actress, believed to be playing Miss Delegrange, being loaded on to a stretcher

Television bosses were criticised for ‘insensitively’ using the location in Walton-on-Thames where the 13-year-old was snatched by killer Bellfield. 

The broadcaster then defended the programme, claiming it only refers to Milly’s death and is actually about the investigation into Bellfield’s murder of Miss Delagrange.

Clunes portrays former Met Police Chief Inspector Colin Sutton, who led the probe into Miss Delagrange’s death.

Bellfield was convicted of murdering her and teenager Marsha McDonnell, 19, in 2008, and was later convicted of Milly’s murder in 2011.

Another picture shows actors in forensic suits striding across the park during a break in filming

Another picture shows actors in forensic suits striding across the park during a break in filming

Clunes is seen behind police tape on Twickenham Green, surrounded by crew

Clunes is seen behind police tape on Twickenham Green, surrounded by crew

Another shot shows the crew erecting a forensic tent on the middle of the green

Another shot shows the crew erecting a forensic tent on the middle of the green

Detective Chief Inspector Colin Sutton

Clunes on set

Clunes (right, on set) portrays former Met Police Chief Inspector Colin Sutton, (left) who led the probe into Miss Delagrange’s death

But critics have called on ITV to scrap the show, because it is ‘insensitive’ to rake up the past.

Local Ken Mason labelled the producers’ decision to film in the spot Amélie died as ‘insensitive’.

Mr Mason, 81, said: ‘I think it is a bit insensitive, it seems a bit voyeuristic I think.

‘I saw the equipment being set up but I have not paid too much attention to the filming.’

Leigh Chapman, 53, who lives locally and was walking her dog passed the green added: ‘It is the fact that it was here and people have already had to go through it and to see the police cars on the green, it brings it all back up again.

‘I certainly won’t watch it, there is something about it that has made me feel quite funny about it.’

The filming took place on Twickenham Green in south west London

The filming took place on Twickenham Green in south west London

Last month Clunes was pictured at the bus stop surrounded by the film crew, while Welsh actor Celyn Jones, who plays Bellfield, was pictured filming scenes depicting the killer’s job as a car clamper.

One local told the Sunday Mirror: ‘Milly’s murder happened a long time ago and people are reluctant to be bringing it up again. 

‘Why film it here at all? It’s raking up the past.’

Neighbours said the road where the killer once lived was blocked off due to filming. Cars were also clamped to add realism to Jones’s scenes. 

An ITV spokesman said: ‘Filming for the ITV Drama, Manhunt, is taking place in various locations that were significant to the real life police investigation, as we are striving to reflect these real events with authenticity. 

Amelie Delagrange

Convicted killer Levi Bellfield

Amelie Delagrange (left) was brutally murdered by Levi Bellfield (right) on Twickenham Green in west London

‘However, we would emphasise that none of the murders or other crimes of Levi Bellfield will be re-enacted in the drama.’

A press release for the show added: ‘Manhunt is the real life story of how the murder of French National, Amelie Delagrange, on Twickenham Green in August 2004 was eventually linked to the murders of Marsha McDonnell in 2003 and the abduction and murder of Milly Dowler as she travelled home from school in 2002.

‘Walking home following a night out with friends, 22 years old Amelie was savagely attacked and struck several times on the back of the head with a hammer.

‘Although relatively experienced in murder investigation, DCI Sutton was assigned to the case by London’s Metropolitan Police.

‘Hard working and instinctive, Sutton dedicated himself to finding Amelie’s killer.

‘With very little evidence, his painstaking approach and the diligence of his fellow officers gradually led to breakthroughs in the case.’ 

 



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