Episode 35

Murder of a Taxi Driver: The Hunt for Percy Toplis (Part Two)

Murder of a Taxi Driver: The Hunt for Percy Toplis (Part Two)

Season: 4 Episode: 35

Francis Percy Toplis was a British criminal and imposter active during and after the First World War and well known to the police. He became the main suspect in the murder of Salisbury taxi driver Sidney Spicer on Saturday 24th April 1920.

He fled the scene and the nationwide manhunt lasted six weeks. Find out what happened to this lifelong criminal and how the hunt ended.


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Hampshire Constabulary History Society

Leeds Mercury - Monday 07 June 1920

Penrith and Eden Museum

No.47551, WO 372/20/59027, Toplis, Percy: Royal Army Medical Corps, National Archives, Kew

Sunday Post - Sunday 13 June 1920


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Intro music by The Model Folk 

Back In The Day music by Freesoundmusic


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