Police hope advances in forensic science over the last decade will help them solve the murder of a man found stabbed in his flat. 56-year-old Clifford Clarke from Uppingham in Rutland died in September 2000. Twelve years on, the major crime team in the East Midlands are using new techniques to review their original evidence.
It was Clifford Clarke's brother who found him dead in his flat on High Street East in Uppingham in September 2000. Police said it had been a frenzied and violent attack.
Mr Clarke was a quiet man who lived alone and was often seen sitting on park benches in the town. The case has remained open but unresolved.
Detective Chief Inspector Neil Castle said: "There have been significant advancements in the lifting and obtaining of fingerprints off various surfaces and the profiling of DNA and the development of that DNA. That enables us to provide a basis of elimination and a search criteria for suspects"
For a sleepy small town like Uppingham, a murder of this ferocity was a huge shock to local people. DCI Castle feels that although science is an invaluable tool for detectives, it cant always show the whole picture. He feels the answer lies in the community.
– Detective Chief Inspector Neil Castle
"I'm appealing to those people who were spoken to at the time and for one reason or another didn't give us the information, or for those who were overlooked at the time and didnt come forward. Speak to the police or contact crimestoppers and pass that information on"
A reward of £5,000 has been put up by Crimestoppers for information leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone linked to Clifford Clarke's murder.