MURDER LATEST: Police plea for help to catch Una’s killer

The police chief leading the investigation into the “horrific” murder of a Wisbech pensioner is asking local people to help them find her killer.

Una Crown (86) was killed with “excessive violence” in her Magazine Lane home, stabbed in the neck and chest by an unknown assailant before being set on fire in a bid to hide the evidence.

Mystery still surrounds why the frail widow was targeted and more than 50 officers have been assigned to the case.

DCI Jon Hutchinson, who admitted officers were “genuinely appalled” by Mrs Crown’s death, said: “We would appeal to your readers who might have suspicions, to think about the level of violence used here and know what the right thing is to do.”

Police are still not releasing any details of motive or even whether the house was broken into. It is not yet known whether items were taken from the bungalow.

A forensic team is expected to remain at the house for several days, searching for the most minute scraps of evidence that may be there. Searches are also taking place around the house and in nearby streets.

There is an increased police presence in the area and residents are being reassured that everything possible is being done to catch Mrs Crown’s killer.

DCI Hutchinson said: “We would like to emphasise how rare it is to be attacked like this.”

• Anyone with information, no matter how small, should contact the Major Crime Unit on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800-555111.