Video: Police relaunch investigation into murder of Wisbech pensioner Una Crown

Detectives are re-launching the investigation into the murder of Wisbech pensioner Una Crown. Pictured with the new poster is PC Dan Gardner. Picture: Ian Burt Detectives are re-launching the investigation into the murder of Wisbech pensioner Una Crown. Pictured with the new poster is PC Dan Gardner. Picture: Ian Burt

Tuesday, May 6, 2014
1:41 PM

It is now 16 months since the 86-year-old was found dead in her home in Magazine Lane.

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Una Crown, who was repeatedely stabbed before being set on fire in her home in Wisbech.Una Crown, who was repeatedely stabbed before being set on fire in her home in Wisbech.

She had been repeatedly stabbed and then set on fire in an apparent attempt to disguise her injuries and destroy evidence.

Now a fresh team of detectives from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit is re-launching the investigation in the hope it will lead to a breakthrough in the case.

Officers will be in Wisbech throughout the week carrying out house-to-house enquiries, revisiting witnesses, putting up posters and handing out leaflets appealing for information.

A mobile police station will also be set up in Magazine Lane throughout the week. A fresh picture of Mrs Crown has also been released by her family.

Una Crown's bungalow, after police launched a murder investigation. Picture: Ian BurtUna Crown's bungalow, after police launched a murder investigation. Picture: Ian Burt

Det Chief Insp Sharn Basra said: “The investigation into the murder of Una Crown has never closed, but the decision has now been taken to review the case.

“While the investigation to date has been full and thorough, with a number of significant lines of enquiry established no one has been charged. It is hoped re-investigating the circumstances surrounding the murder may identify additional witnesses and information adding further weight to the evidence already gathered.

“We firmly believe there are people in Wisbech who know who is responsible for Mrs Crown’s death. Hopefully they will now have the courage to come forward and give us the information which will bring her killer to justice.”

Mrs Crown was last seen alive on Friday, January 11, 2013. She also spoke to a friend by telephone at about 5pm on the Saturday.

Her body was discovered by a family member the following morning.

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 police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.

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