Mobile phones: criminal and terrorist investigations
sex party that ended in murder
- Records showing the location of the phone also helped disprove her
claim to have been elsewhere at the time of the murder. The police chief,
Arturo De Felice, said Knox had "crumbled and confessed" under intense
questioning. "There were holes in her alibi and her mobile phone records
were crucial," he said. Police also found text messages from Lumumba,
fixing a meeting between them at 8.35pm on November 1, the night Miss
- Daily Telegraph, 8 November 2007
mobile phones may have led police to arrests on M6
- Several people arrested in connection with the terror attacks were
traced after mobile telephones found intact in the failed London car
bombs yielded crucial information. As soon as police recovered the phones
from the two Mercedes cars, officers went to work on the Sim cards,
gathering a wealth of intelligence from the numbers stored. Within 24
hours antiterrorist police were heading to Glasgow searching for members
of the terrorist cell and warning the largest shopping centre in the
area to increase the security in its car parks.
- The Times, 3 July 2007
said I'd never see Mum again'
- ... Mr Voisey was familiar with the area because he had lived there
at one time and a mobile phone used by him was tracked to the area at
the relevant time.
- The Times, October 2006
girl's text message leads police to bunker prison
- A girl who was kidnapped from her school bus and held in a booby-trapped
bunker for 11 days has been rescued after stealing her abductor’s mobile
phone and sending a text message to her mother. Police were able to
trace which mobile phone masts had transmitted the signal and pinpointed
the spot where 14-year-old Elizabeth Shoaf was being held — about a
mile from her home in Lugoff, South Carolina.
- The Times, 18 September 2006
charges: Police statement
- As 11 people are charged in connection with an alleged plot to blow
up several transatlantic airliners, police spoke for the first time
about the investigation ... The scale is immense. Enquiries will span
the globe. The enormity of the alleged plot will be matched only by
our determination to follow every lead and line of enquiry. There have
been 69 searches. These have been in houses, flats and business premises,
vehicles and open spaces. As well as the bomb making equipment, we have
found more than 400 computers, 200 mobile telephones and 8,000 items
of removable storage media such as memory sticks, CDs and DVDs. So far,
from the computers alone, we have removed some 6,000 gigabytes of data.
- BBC News, 21 August 2006
the Bin Laden Phone Leak Under 'Urban Myths'
- ... Bergen noted that as early as 1997, bin Laden's men were very
concerned about electronic surveillance. "They scanned us electronically,"
he said, because they were worried that anyone meeting with bin Laden
"might have some tracking device from some intelligence agency." In
1996, the Chechen insurgent leader Dzhokhar Dudayev was killed by a
Russian missile that locked in to his satellite phone signal.
- The Washington Post, 22 December 2005
states agree phone record law
- EU interior ministers have agreed that phone records must be kept
for at least 12 months, and e-mail data for at least six, to help the
fight against terror.
- BBC News, 12 October 2005
the 7/7 bus bomber lose his nerve for train blast mission?
- ... The youngest of the July 7 bombers, he made three desperate telephone
calls begging for help from the other members of the terror cell minutes
before he blew himself up on a London bus. The frantic last messages
are seen by Scotland Yard as vivid proof that the British-born Muslim
extremists intended to die in the attacks ...
- The Times, 25 August 2005
'tracked by phone calls'
- Italian investigators say police used cell phone records to track
down one of the suspects in the failed suicide bombings in London on
21 July. Hussain Osman was arrested on Friday in his brother's flat
on the outskirts of the Italian capital, Rome. He was traced using call
records from two cell phone numbers, supplied to the Italians by UK
- BBC, 1 August 2005
phone trace puts suspect in area
- A trace by police on the mobile phone records of Richard Cazaly, the
man who committed suicide after being questioned as a potential witness
in the stabbing of Abigail Witchalls, has indicated that he was in the
area when the attack was carried out. Detectives investigating the attack
on Mrs Witchalls have performed a procedure known as triangulation,
in which they pinpoint the location of a mobile phone at a precise moment.
The results indicate that it is entirely possible for Mr Cazaly, a gardener
who lived in the Surrey village of Little Bookham where the assault
occurred, to have been responsible for the knife attack.
- Telegraph, 14 May 2005
traced by mobile signal
- ... Normally it would be quite easy for Mr Bristowe to find which
cell site had taken these messages, enabling him to pinpoint the area
from where she sent them. But because new year is the busiest time for
mobile telephone traffic a signal can be diverted to the first mast
that is free, possibly hundreds of miles away. Mr Bristowe followed
the “powered down” signal from mast to mast and reduced the possibilities
to two areas — Milton, north of Cambridge, and Madingley, where Ms Geeson’s
body was found.
- The Times, 10 January 2005
phones - the new fingerprints
- Ian Huntley's conviction for the murder of Holly Wells and Jessica
Chapman was based partly on crucial mobile phone evidence - which nowadays
is almost as useful to the police as fingerprints or DNA ... In the
past five years, dozens of murderers have been convicted partly as a
result of evidence about their mobile phones or those of their victims.
Detectives now routinely contact the mobile phone networks and obtain
details of phone calls made by and to a murder victim and from the prime
- BBC News, 18 December 2003
trial: 'Crucial' phone evidence
- ... As the jury gathered on Wednesday to hear evidence for the first
time, Mr Latham told them: "To know where a telephone was, or was not,
can be very informative. "Telephone evidence, we say, is very important
in this case." He highlighted the fact that operators keep a record
of all calls, and the spot where a mobile phone was used can be traced
to within a short distance ... A final signal sent by Jessica's phone
as it was turned off at 1846 BST, just 30 minutes after the best friends
vanished, provided vital information, the prosecution said ... By "a
quirk" its last communication was sent to a telecoms mast in nearby
Burwell, which could only be accessed from a handful of spots around
Soham - including the area outside Mr Huntley's home, it was claimed.
- BBC News, 6 November 2003
die in gas-filled car
- ... She had received a phone call from her husband saying he would
harm the children. Police managed to trace his mobile to Llangollen
and a North Wales Police dog handler located the car.
- BBC News, 27 March 2003