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Nine years and killer of Wisbech pensioner is still at large



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It is one of the darkest event's to have occurred in Wisbech in recent times - the brutal murder of retired post mistress Una Crown.

Stabbed numerous times and her body set on fire in the hallway of her bungalow home in Magazine Lane, it was a crime that rocked the Fenland town.

But nine years on and police are still no nearer to catching her killer.

Una Crown and her husband Ron were a devoted couple.
Una Crown and her husband Ron were a devoted couple.

The anniversary of the discovery of her body was on Thursday (13). Una, who was 86 and quite frail was last seen alive on Friday January 11 when she did her weekly shop at a local supermarket.

She spoke to a friend over the phone at about 5pm on Saturday January 12, before family members made the gruesome find the next morning.

At first police believed the murdered widow had accidentally set herself alight and the deep gashes on her torso were caused by a tight scarf. It was not until two days later her death was declared murder and an investigation was launched.

Una Crown's murder was featured on BBC Crime Watch. (54311307)
Una Crown's murder was featured on BBC Crime Watch. (54311307)

A £10,000 reward for information leading the conviction of her killer remains unclaimed despite numerous appeals over the years for help in trying to find the perpetrator. The case was even featured on the BBC's Crimewatch programmed in the hope it would inspire new leads - but so far nothing.

The knife used in the brutal attack, which police believe was taken from her home by the killer, has never been found despite extensive searches.

Police have long believed the key to solving the horrific case lies with the public, and that someone out there holds vital information.

Posters were put up all over Wisbech as well in Magazine Lane appealing for help in tracing the killer.
Posters were put up all over Wisbech as well in Magazine Lane appealing for help in tracing the killer.

But on the ninth anniversary of her death police have confirmed there are no updates and the case sits with the investigation review team in the Major Crime Unit.

A police spokesperson said: "The case was subject to an extensive review/re-investigation in 2020, but sadly that didn’t lead to any developments.

"If there is any new or emerging evidence and/or intelligence, we will respond accordingly. No undetected case is ever closed and the team will continue to regularly review it and pursue any lines of inquiry, which may come to light."

TV grabs from This Morning on ITV when they did an appeal on the murder of Una Crown.
TV grabs from This Morning on ITV when they did an appeal on the murder of Una Crown.

Anyone with information is urged to call police via 101 or online at www.cambs.police.uk/report or Crimestoppers, anonymously, 0800 555111.

General view of police carrying out searches in Magazine Lane in Wisbech at the time Una Crown was found murdered in her home.
General view of police carrying out searches in Magazine Lane in Wisbech at the time Una Crown was found murdered in her home.
General view of police carrying out searches in the Magazine Lane area of Wisbech at the time Una Crown was found murdered in her home.
General view of police carrying out searches in the Magazine Lane area of Wisbech at the time Una Crown was found murdered in her home.


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