VIDEO: Murdered Wisbech pensioner’s niece makes emotional appeal six months after she was brutally stabbed to death and set on fire

PUBLISHED: 09:25 11 July 2013 | UPDATED: 12:23 11 July 2013

Police have been searching farm buildings off Lynn Road, Wisbech, in connection with the murder investigation. Picture: Steve Williams

Police have been searching farm buildings off Lynn Road, Wisbech, in connection with the murder investigation. Picture: Steve Williams


Six months since her gruesome murder, police are determined to catch the killer of Wisbech pensioner Una Crown.

Murdered pensioner Una Crown’s niece today appealed for help to catch her killer six months after the 86-year-old was found dead in her Wisbech home.

It came as police revealed they have called in a specialist search team to look for clues on farm land off the town’s Lynn Road.

Judy Payne made the emotional plea as detectives returned to Magazine Lane in a fresh bid for information about the 86 year old’s death in January.

In a video, which is posted on Cambridgeshire Police’s YouTube site, Mrs Payne, 69, said: “I really hope that somebody out there who knows anything, or thinks they know anything at all, comes forward to the police. Six months has now gone by and for us, it’s a lifetime. We need answers.

“It’s important that they catch somebody as they could be out there and do it to somebody else and that is the last thing we would ever want.

“We wouldn’t want anybody to go through what we have been through.”

Mrs Crown’s body was discovered in her bungalow in Magazine Lane on January 13.

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

She had not been seen alive since Friday, January 11, but had spoken to a friend by telephone at about 5pm on the Saturday.

Officers will be returning to Magazine Lane today to put up posters and speak to residents. Officers will also be in Market Place in the town handing out leaflets. A mobile police station will also be in the town.

Det Insp David Grierson said: “It is six months since this terrible crime where Mrs Crown was murdered in her own home.

“We have a dedicated team still working on the investigation but are urging people to come forward if they have any information which could help us catch her killer. We believe the answer lies in the local community and we need their help.

“We want to hear from anyone who was in the area of Magazine Lane over that weekend in January. Did you see anything suspicious? Do you know a friend or loved one who came home acting strangely, smelling of smoke or had clothing that was burned or had blood on it?

“We still haven’t located a murder weapon, most likely a long knife, Mrs Crown’s wedding ring and her front door key. Again, if anyone has come across any of those items we would urge them to call police.”

The detective, who led the BBC Crimewatch appeal in April to find Una’s killer, said officers will be going down to Magazine Lane “hoping to jog people’s memory about that weekend back in January.

“Even the smallest piece of information, no matter how trivial it may seem, could prove key to catching the person responsible,” he said.

Up to 10 officers have spent the past three days combing a wide area that includes farm outbuildings on a site opposite Bambers Leisure. The property had previously been farmed but has recently been sold at auction.

Earlier, police confirmed that they were connected with the murder investigation.

During the Crimewatch reconstruction it was revealed that police wanted to find a 10ins kitchen knife which they described it as vital clue.

A £10,000 reward has been offered by Crimestoppers for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the murderer.

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