All-action hero who trapped a triple murderer

AN SAS tracker who helped police to corner a triple killer in the wilds of North Yorkshire has died.

World famous survival expert Eddie McGee has died at his home in Pateley Bridge aged 64.

The former army sergeant major and PT instructor, who for years ran the National School of Survival centre from his home village, was also famed for tracking down the three-time killer Barry Prudom at Malton in 1982.

Born in Leeds, Mr McGee learned his tracking and self defence techniques and the art of survival during his years serving as an army paratrooper and with British Special Forces. He was also expert in karate, ju-jitsu and aikido.

His book “No Need to Die" became a bible for enthusiasts of personal survival studies.

His life of adventure in and out of the services encompassed a large amount of exploration in Africa including the Zaire River Expedition.

His travels also took him to Indonesia, Borneo, the Yemen and the Sahara. In the outback of Australia he worked with aborigines and in Africa, pygmy tribes made him an honorary chief for helping to deliver babies.

Later his expertise in tracking led to his being called in by police hunting suspects and fugitives up and down the country. The talents also brought demand for him to train officers in the techniques and he ran residential courses for various forces including North Yorkshire Police and the Greater Manchester Police.

In recent years he helped with the detection of several murders in the Manchester area and also acted as a consultant for security companies, business groups and the police. He had also worked as a bodyguard.

His fame grew after he was called in to the hunt for Prudom, who in addition to shooting dead two Yorkshire police officers and a Lincolnshire man had also wounded two women including a police dog handler.

On the fifth day of the search, using footprints in the early morning dew, he tracked Prudom from a Malton cottage to a fresh lair he had made in the undergrowth.

Cornered by police marksmen, Prudom armed with a gun and machete, refused to give himself up and shot himself in the head.

The tracker was later presented with a Certificate of Commendation for his bravery by the then Chief Constable of North Yorkshire, Mr Kenneth Henshaw.

Mr McGee was only taken ill seven weeks ago when he was discovered to have cancer.

He leaves two sons, Eddie and Perry, two daughters Helen and Jacquie and four grandchildren. The funeral will be at Harrogate Crematorium at 2.20pm this Friday. Family flowers only requested.