ITV’s Manhunt came to a shocking conclusion on Tuesday, as it revealed that a supermarket receipt helped catch killer Levi Bellfield.
The three part true-crime drama, starring Martin Clunes, followed police officers as they raced against the clock to gather forensic evidence which proved that Levi murdered French student Amelie Delargrange in 2004.
However, viewers were shocked to discover that a supermarket receipt was one of the most vital pieces of evidence that helped send him to trial.
His girlfriend mentioned that he had been acting oddly on the same day that Amelie was killed, as they shopped together in Somerfields.
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Police used a receipt to take down the killer
Viewers were surprised that the receipt resulted in Bellfield’s trial
The police then went on a hunt through piles of receipts to prove it was the same day, before finally coming across the evidence and sharing it triumphantly.
"Manhunt has been gripping and fascinating to watch, how something as basic as a receipt can help link a case or how something as crucial as CCTV footage not being watched can be devastating, well done @ITV @MartinClunes #manhunt," one fan wrote as the scenes aired.
While another added: "The copper reading out that receipt just gave me goosebumps. #Manhunt".
The episode also revealed that Hounslow police forgot a vital piece of video evidence after Sarah Knight was attacked, failing to view important CCTV footage.
Levi Bellfield is currently serving four life sentences
(Image: Metropolitan Police/PA)
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It went on to suggest that had police discovered the video at the time, Bellfield would have likely been discovered, preventing Amelie’s murder.
In 2008, Bellfield was found guilty of murdering Amelie Delagrange and Marsha McDonnell, as well as the attempted murder of Kate Sheedy, landing three life sentences.
He was later found guilty of abducting raping and murdering Millie Dowler, and handed another life sentence in 2011.
Surry Police later announced that Bellfield had admitted to killing Dowler in 2016, five years after his conviction.
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