Kenneth Noye stabbed 21-year-old Stephen Cameron to death on an M25 slip road near Swanley, Kent, then fled
New evidence would reveal the identity of someone who hid M25 road rage killer Kenneth Noye while on the run in Spain.
Retired accountant Paul Blanchard claims to have what he calls “blasted” audio recordings, including a man admitting his role in the plot.
Mr Blanchard wants the man brought to justice and plans to hand over the tapes to British police this week. He said the tapes contain 500 hours of interviews with associates of mobster John “Goldfinger” Palmer.
Palmer, who stood trial for the 1983 Brink’s-Mat robbery, was shot dead in his Essex garden eight years ago.
Mr Blanchard said the man who admitted his role in the Noye cover-up in Tenerife was recorded by a writer for an autobiography which was never published.
Palmer’s associate says on the tapes, “I keep him away from everybody – only God knows where he is.” Asked by the writer “is this while Noye is on the run?”, the man replies: “Exactly. I got involved because John Palmer told me to get involved. I’m so happy to help.
The man said of Noye: “He loved me very much. He respected me and saw me as a businessman. He also boasts of having “lots of contacts all over the world”.
This is a six-part BBC drama about the Brink’s-Mat gold robbery and its aftermath due to be shown next month.
Hugh Bonneville, Jack Lowden, Dominic Cooper and Charlotte Spencer will star in The Gold, following the chain of violence spawned by the £26million raid, including Noye fatally stabbing undercover agent John Fordham in 1985.
Noye, who pleaded self-defence, and Hatton Garden heist mastermind Brian Reader were both cleared of the police officer’s murder but found guilty of handling 11 of the stolen gold bars.
In 1996, after his release from a 14-year sentence, thug Noye stabbed 21-year-old Stephen Cameron to death on an M25 slip road near Swanley in Kent, and fled with the help of Palmer.
Convicted fraudster Mr Blanchard said the man in the tapes had corrupt dealings with senior Tenerife police who helped him protect Noye, who was able to return to the UK to see his family while he was still wanted.
A Scotland Yard report concluded in 2002 that Palmer had been protected for years by several crooked officers.
Ex-Freemason Noye, now 75, also allegedly used corrupt police to help him avoid justice and once offered Brink’s-Mat Detective Brian Boyce a bribe of £1 million.
During their escape, Noye and a girlfriend stayed on Palmer’s yacht. Palmer apparently lent him his plane to flee Britain.
Mr Blanchard’s alleged involvement in the Spanish underworld began in 1999 when he was a tax adviser in Tenerife. He won his battle against extradition to Spain last year.
Mr Blanchard, 77, from York, was charged with helping to launder gang money in Tenerife between 1999 and 2001.
He claimed Spanish authorities were using him to build a case against the alleged gang leader.
Mr Blanchard was jailed for six years and six months in the UK in 2008 after admitting his role in passport fraud, laundering £375,000 and attempting to steal £4.3million from a London bank and transfer them to Spain.
Of the tapes in his possession, he said: “I am going to Met Police to make a formal complaint. A crime has been committed by the men who hid Noye.
“I’m going to turn the tapes over to the police. It’s in the public interest and I’m doing it for Stephen’s family.
After killing Stephen, Noye fled to Tenerife and Andalusia, where he had a lavish villa. He was extradited in 1999 and convicted of murder a year later. Noye, released in 2019, is said to have made £5m from the Brink’s-Mat raid.