Door to door salespeople could hold the key to catching the brutal killer of Wisbech pensioner Una Crown

Detectives have re-launched the investigation into the murder of Wisbech pensioner Una Crown. Picture: Ian Burt Detectives have re-launched the investigation into the murder of Wisbech pensioner Una Crown. Picture: Ian Burt

Wednesday, May 14, 2014
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Mrs Crown, 86, was found dead in her home in Magazine Lane, Wisbech, in January 2013. The retired postmistress had been repeatedly stabbed before her body was set on fire.

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Una Crown, who was repeatedly stabbed before her body was set on fire to conceal evidence. Picture: SubmittedUna Crown, who was repeatedly stabbed before her body was set on fire to conceal evidence. Picture: Submitted

Now police have re-launched the investigation into her murder with a fresh team of detectives. And the officer leading it says they have identified a number of people who were seen in the area around the time she was killed.

Det Chief Insp Sharn Basra said: “We have had a really positive response to the re-launch of the investigation and a lot of people who we hadn’t spoken to previously have come forward with information.

“We are still working through those lines of inquiry, but we particularly want to speak to those ‘non-residents’ who were seen in Magazine Lane on Saturday, January 12.

“They include doorstep sellers, people seen in cars and others on foot. These people may have perfectly reasonable explanations for being in the area, such as visiting friends or relatives, but it is important we trace them so they can be eliminated from our enquiries.

“They also may have important information which could take the investigation forward. I would urge anyone who was in the area of Magazine Lane on that weekend to contact police.”

Mrs Crown was last seen alive on Friday, January 11. She spoke to a friend by telephone at about 5pm on the Saturday. Her body was discovered by a family member the following morning.

Officers have been in Wisbech for the last seven days, carrying out fresh house-to-house inquiries, revisiting witnesses, putting up posters and handing out leaflets appealing for information.

A £10,000 Crimestoppers reward is on offer for information which leads to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the murder.

Anyone with any information should call the Major Crime Unit on 01707 355666 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.

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