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New information in hunt for killer

Police say they've already received new information in their hunt for the killer of a pensioner in Wisbech.

86 year old Una Crown was stabbed to death in her home at Wisbech in January last year.

16 months on detectives have relaunched their investigation with new house to house inquiries.

They're also revisiting witnesses. A ten thousand pound reward has been offered.

Officers have "worked tirelessly" for 16 months to find killer of Wisbech pensioner Una Crown

Police say a decision to re-launch the investigation into the murder of a Wisbech pensioner is not a criticism of officers' work so far.

Sixteen months after 86-year-old Una Crown was found stabbed to death and set alight in her home at Magazine Lane, the case remains unsolved and no-one has been charged over the killing.

Today, Cambridgeshire Police announced they were re-launching the investigation in the hope of uncovering new witnesses and information.

But the force said that should not be taken as criticism of the work done by police over the past 16 months and that officers had "worked tirelessly" to try to find Mrs Crown's killer.

Stuart Leithes reports.

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Could you help find Una's killer?

Police have been in Wisbech today in the hope of encouraging someone to come forward with the vital information they need to find the killer of Una Crown.

Officers have been putting up posters and urging members of the East Cambridgeshire community to think back one year to the day of the murder.

Una Crown was stabbed to death before her body was burned at her home at Magazine Lane.

No-one has been charged with her murder.

Dt Sgt Graham McMillan led today's appeal.

Police appeal to Wisbech community to think back to time of murder

Una Crown with her late husband.

Police have urged people to think about the actions of their loved ones as they continue to hunt the killer of a Wisbech pensioner.

Una Crown was stabbed to death and set on fire at her home at Magazine Lane exactly a year ago today.

A £10,000 reward is on offer for information which leads to the conviction of the 86-year-old's killer but no one has yet been charged.Today, Cambridgeshire Police issued a fresh appeal.

Det Ch Insp Jon Hutchinson said the investigation was still "very active" and the force was determined to find the person responsible.

He added: "I would urge people to think back to this time a year ago, did a friend or loved one come home with blood on them or smelling of smoke?

"Were they acting strangely around that time? Did they suddenly come into money?

"Any information, no matter how small or insignificant it may seem, could prove crucial to solving this terrible crime and giving some closure to Mrs Crown's family who are desperate for answers."

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Year anniversary of Wisbech murder

Una Crown with her late husband Credit: ITV News Anglia

A year on since the murder of Una Crown in Wisbech and detectives say they are determined to get justice for her family.

The body of the 86-year old was discovered stabbed to death in her bungalow in Magazine Lane on Sunday 13th January 2013.

Detectives investigating the murder have made a fresh appeal 12 months on from the murder.

Detective Chief Inspector Jon Hutchinson said: "This is still a very active investigation and we have a dedicated team working on solving this horrific murder.

"We are determined to get justice for Mrs Crown and her family and are following up a number of lines of enquiry in order to catch and convict the person responsible.

"However, we still believe the answer to this crime lies in the local community and we need their help."

Una Crown's bungalow in Magazine Lane in 2013 Credit: ITV News Anglia

Burglar broke into murdered pensioner's home

Murdered pensioner Una Crown Credit: Cambridgeshire Police

A burglar who broke into murdered pensioner Una Crown's home in Wisbech has been jailed. Dainius Stelmokas, 29, of De Havilland Road, Wisbech, forced his way into the 86-year-old's bungalow in Magazine Lane on April 4. Once inside he stole a television, stereo and portable DVD player.

A neighbour called police after spotting a plywood sheet which had been used to board up the back door of the property had been removed. Crime scene investigators discovered a fingerprint and Stelmokas was arrested on April 6.

He pleaded guilty to burglary and was jailed for 10 months at Cambridge Crown Court . All of the stolen property has been recovered. Mrs Crown's body was discovered in the bungalow on January 13.

She had been stabbed and then set on fire in an apparent effort to disguise her injuries and destroy evidence. A 58-year-old man arrested on suspicion of murder remains on bail until July 2.

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