Manhunt: Closing in on a British Paedophile

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Correspondent Cathy Newman and director Wael Dabbous tell the story of a landmark police investigation that led to the conviction of a man described by police as one of Britain's most prolific paedophiles. It was the first time a British man had been convicted for sex offences carried out in Africa, and only the third time an offender has been prosecuted for sex crimes committed abroad. The documentary was made by Quicksilver in association with C4 News/ITN

The story of how the British police finally caught Simon Harris began two years earlier and 4,000 miles away in Gilgil, Kenya. Director Wael Dabbous was making an Unreported World film about street children when he heard disturbing allegations about Simon Harris, a British man who divided his time between the UK and Kenya. A former teacher, he ran an organisation that found jobs for British gap year students.

Channel 4 informed the British police of the allegations, and asked Quicksilver and Channel 4 news to investigate further. Channel 4 News presenter Cathy Newman travelled back to Kenya with Dabbous where they gathered first hand testimony about abuse. Channel 4 passed this fresh evidence to the police who, working with the Kenyan authorities, launched a remarkable operation to bring Harris to justice. In the course of this operation the police discovered he had offended not only in Kenya, but also in the UK.

First Broadcast

December 16, 2014



Producer Director

Wael Dabbous


Cathy Newman

Executive Producer

Eamonn Matthews


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