Advertisement

  1. ITV Report

Breakthrough in cold case murder investigation

Ian Grant was found dead on wasteland near Fulbourn Hospital in Cherry Hinton just after midnight on November 15, 1995. Photo: Cambridgeshire Police

Police have launched a fresh investigation into the cold case murder of Ian Grant in Cambridge - 18 years after his was killed.

The 24-year-old was found dead on wasteland near Fulbourn Hospital in Cherry Hinton just after midnight on November 15, 1995.

He had been shot in the head. He had been last seen at 8pm earlier that evening when he left his nearby flat in Speedwell Close.

It is thought he was killed between 8pm and 10pm on November 14.

His girlfriend's car had also been set alight two weeks prior to his murder. Detectives still believe that incident is linked to the killing.

Now the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit are renewing their appeal for information after fresh evidence emerged.

"We continually review unsolved murder investigations and believe we have made a significant breakthrough in this particular inquiry.

"As a result we are re-launching the investigation into Ian Grant's murder.

"Eighteen years is a long time and allegiances are likely to have changed during the passage of time since Ian was killed.

"Back in the 1990s the pub and club trade was much different to what it is today. There were many unscrupulous people involved in running that scene and people may have been intimidated or too scared to talk to the police for fear of repercussions.

"However, the trade is completely different nowadays. There are much tighter rules and regulations now and Cambridge is a very safe city to visit and socialise in. What's more, much of the criminal network involved in that scene has broken up and that threat is no longer what it once was.

"Hopefully people will feel much more confident in coming forward and speaking to police now."

– Detective Chief Inspector Jon Hutchinson, Cambridgeshire Police

Two men were acquitted of conspiracy to murder following a trial at Norwich Crown Court.

Anyone with any information should call the Major Crime Unit on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously.

More on this story