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Reward for information on Bosham murder

It's a murder which has shocked a quiet community and puzzled detectives. But today a 10 thousand pound reward was offered to catch the killer of a grandmother battered to death as she stayed at a friend's luxury home.

Valerie Graves was found dead at the waterside property in Bosham near Chichester on December 30th. She was staying there over Christmas with her mother, sister and sister's partner.

Police say a hammer found near the house was used to kill Valerie. Sarah Cooper reports.

Reward is being offered to find killer of Valerie Graves

Valerie Graves Credit: ITV BORDER

Detectives investigating the murder of Valerie Graves from Maxton near Jedburgh are offering a £10,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of her killer.

The 55 year old was found with serious head injuries at her mother's home in West Sussex on December 30th.

Sussex Police have interviewed more than 200 people as part of the investigation but feel there may still be witnesses who have yet to come forward.

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£10,000 for information on the murder of Valerie Graves

Detectives investigating the murder of Valerie Graves are offering a reward of £10,000 for any information that leads to the arrest and conviction of her killer.

The 56-year-old was found with serious head and facial injuries in Smugglers Lane in Bosham on the 30th December.

She had been staying at the property while the owners were away over Christmas.

Since the murder, more than 200 people have been interviewed and over 100 statements have been taken, but police still feel there are witnesses with more important information that have not come forward.

Detective Superintendent Nick May said, "This was a savage attack, where a significant level of violence was used. We know that a hammer, found nearby in Hoe Lane, was used by the offender and we are seeking the public's help to catch this person before they hurt someone else.

"We particularly appeal to anyone who knows personally, has met professionally, or has a relationship with someone who is violent and who may have used, talked about or threatened violence with a hammer in the past.

"You may have your own concerns or suspicions about this person already, but for your own reasons have not yet come forward.Let me reassure you that we can support you whatever your concerns, but this person must be caught."

Anyone with information should ring 101 or email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk quoting Operation Ensign.

Valeri Graves was killed in December Credit: Sussex Police

Detectives keeping an 'open mind' about Sussex murder

Police are still looking for the person responsible for the murder of an artist in Sussex.

Valerie Graves, 55, was found dead with significant head and facial injuries on 30 December 2013 in the bedroom of a property she was house sitting.

Ms Graves had graduated in textile design seven years ago and set up her own crafts studio at Harestanes near Jedburgh.

She had only moved to Sussex in the past few months to look after her elderly mother.

Police have still to make an arrest in connection with the incident.

Detectives say they are keeping an open mind as to the motive for the murder. The possibility of a break-in at the property has not been ruled out.

"There is no update at the moment. The investigation is continuing and we have a large team of detectives working on the case."

– Sussex Police

Textile School pays tribute to 'creative artist'

Murdered artist Valerie Graves attended the Galashiels based School of Textile and Design as a mature student.

She graduated from the Heriot-Watt University campus with a BA Hons. in 2007.

Fiona Waldron, Head of the School of Textiles and Design at Heriot-Watt University’s Scottish Borders Campus, said:

“We are very sorry to hear of Valerie’s death, especially in such tragic circumstances, and our thoughts are with her family and friends.

“Valerie came to the School of Textiles and Design as a mature student with a background in weaving. However, following an exchange visit to Finland as part of her course, she developed an interest in felted materials, a strong Finnish tradition, and incorporated that in her successful degree course as well as later, when she set up a studio locally specialising in fashion and ornamental felted textiles.

“She was a very creative person, with a wide range of artistic interests, and she will be much missed.”

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Family pay tribute to Maxton woman killed in Sussex

The family of Valerie Graves who was found dead at a house in Smugglers Lane, Bosham, on Monday 30 December have paid tribute to her.

Her family said:

"Val was a much loved daughter, sister, mum and nan, who will be sorely missed by the whole family.

"Val was a free spirit who enjoyed her life and was a talented artist, about to embark on a new path involving ceramics.

"She was an eternal student, who was always hungry for a new challenge.

"She had recently moved back to Sussex from Scotland to be closer to her family and we were lucky enough to spend a family Christmas together.

"This has been a complete shock to the family and we appeal to anyone who has any information, no matter how trivial, to contact Sussex Police."