Landlord murder case reopened

A fresh appeal for information over the brutal murder of a Nottingham pub landlord has been launched to mark the case's 50th anniversary. George Wilson was found stabbed 13 times outside the Fox & Grapes pub, which he ran with wife Betty.

Police 'determined to get justice' in unsolved murder

Cold case detectives hunting for fresh evidence in the 50-year-old murder of Nottingham pub landlord have vowed to get justice for his family.

George Wilson, aged 41, was stabbed to death 50 years ago today outside the Fox & Grapes in Sneinton, which he ran with wife Betty.

George was murdered outside his pub, the Fox & Grapes in Southwell Road, Nottingham
George was murdered outside his pub, the Fox & Grapes in Southwell Road, Nottingham Credit: Nottinghamshire Police

Det Ch Insp Tony Heydon, who is continuing the hunt for George’s murderer, said: "Over the years we have had people calling in with information in relation to George’s murder, but we are still keen to hear from anyone who hasn’t come forward before.

"Those who have previously spoken to the police if they wish to corroborate their accounts or anyone out there who has information which they may previously have thought to be of little relevance is also asked to contact us.

"I would also be keen to hear from anyone who was in the local licensing industry in the 60s, other landlords, or even older residents who still live in the area.

Happier times: George and his wife Betty, who died in 1997 never knowing who killed her husband
Happier times: George and his wife Betty, who died in 1997 never knowing who killed her husband Credit: Nottinghamshire Police

"People do change alliances, and it may be someone you knew many years ago arrived home on 8 September 1963 acting out of character or even gave you information about what had happened.

We need to hear from you, and I would urge you to contact us.

"Fifty years has passed but for George’s children, Margaret and David, so many questions remain unanswered.

"Cases such as this never close, and we remain determined to get justice for George’s family."

Family of murdered landlord speak 50 years after death

The family of murdered pub landlord George Wilson of spoken of their anguish as his killer remains a mystery 50 years after his death.

Nottinghamshire Police have launched a fresh appeal for information about the murder, which took place in an alleyway outside the Fox & Grapes pub which he ran with his wife, Betty.

In a statement released today, George’s daughter Margaret, who was six at the time of the murder, and son David, who was 10, said:

Every time there is an appeal we hope there is going to be something new, or that someone will genuinely come forward and tell the police what happened.

Our mother died in 1997, without ever knowing who did this or why. No motive has ever been established. Over the years Mum was able to talk about what happened to Dad, and she re-lived it a lot.

Whoever did this robbed us of our Dad. We would really like to know who did this for our own peace of mind, even if the offender is dead.

Many years have passed, but if you know who did it, or have any new information, please speak to the police and give us some closure.

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Anniversary appeal for information over brutal murder

Fifty years after the brutal murder of a Nottinghamshire pub landlord, police are launching a fresh appeal for information to try to track down the killer.

George Wilson died aged 41 while taking his dog Blackie for their usual evening walk after closing up the Fox & Grapes pub in Southwell Road, Sneinton, on September 8, 1963.

George Wilson, former landlord of the Fox & Grapes pub in Nottingham, was brutally murdered 50 years ago today
George Wilson, former landlord of the Fox & Grapes pub in Nottingham, was brutally murdered 50 years ago today Credit: Nottinghamshire Police

Twenty minutes after he left, at around 12.50am, his wife Betty heard Blackie barking in the alleyway next to the pub. When she went outside to investigate, she found him lying facedown on the ground with 13 stab wounds to his face, neck, head and back.

He died at the scene - and officers still have no clue what the motive was for the attack.