New appeal to catch killer

murder victim Una Crown
murder victim Una Crown

Police received some useful calls following a renewed appeal in the hunt for the killer of a Wisbech pensioner - but they are still urging people to come forward.

And on the six months’ anniversary of the murder of Una Crown officers have also recovered several items following searches carried out on land opposite the Bamber’s Leisure site in Walton Highway.

A spokesman confirmed items were found during the three-day search of agricultural land and have been sent for forensic testing. He also said: “We have received a couple of calls but would continue to urge people to come forward. Someone in the local area has that vital piece of information and we need them to call police.”

Judy Payne (69) Mrs Crown’s niece also made an emotional appeal on the anniversary of her aunt’s killing.

In a video posted by Cambridgeshire Police on YouTube Mrs Payne spoke of the family’s continued heartbreak at Mrs Crown’s death and said they were desperately wanting answers as to why the 86-year-old widow was killed.

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

Judy’s husband John discovered Mrs Crown’s body lying face down in the hallway of her Magazine Lane bungalow on Sunday January 13 when he called to collect her for lunch.

She had been stabbed and her body set on fire.

DS Graham Mcmillan, of the major crime unit, was among officers manning a mobile police station on Wisbech Market Place on Thursday as part of the renewed appeal for information to capture the brutal killer.

He and fellow officers were handing out leaflets and putting up fresh posters as well as talking to shop keepers and passers-by in the hope of getting a vital clue which would lead to a break through in the baffling case.

It is thought Mrs Crown was killed sometime between 5pm and 10pm on Saturday January 12 after she opened the door to her attacker, who police believe is likely to be someone she knew as she was very security conscious.

Several items were missing from her home including £40 cash and her gold wedding band. The murder weapon, a long bladed kitchen knife has never been found.

The Crimestoppers charity has offered a £10,000 reward to help catch the murderer and police would like to hear from anyone with any information no matter how insignificant it might seem.

“It could be something tiny that is the last piece of the jigsaw. We still have a dedicated team working on this case. We are determined to catch whoever is responsible,” said DS Mcmillan.