Delia Hughes

New developments in murder case

Three weeks since the body of Delia Hughes was uncovered in her flat in Ocean Village, Hampshire Police outline their main lead.

Delia Hughes

Delia Hughes murder update

Detectives searching for clues after the murder of pensioner Delia Hughes in August, have sent hundreds of items for forensic tests.

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Images to be projected onto buildings by police

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Delia Hughes Credit: Meridian

Detectives from Hampshire Constabulary’s Major Crime Team are turning to modern technology as they continue to try to identify a man of significant interest to them in connection with the murder of 85-year-old Southampton woman Delia Hughes.

To coincide with the four week anniversary of Mrs Hughes' death on Saturday, officers will be trying to increase awareness about the man they want to speak to by projecting images of him onto buildings in the Woolston area of Southampton. That is where police believe he was last seen.

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Lily ponds may contain clues to Delia Hughes murder

ornamental lily ponds at Ocean Village
Police search ornamental lily ponds at Ocean Village

Detectives investigating the murder of Southampton pensioner Delia Hughes at the Ocean Village complex, say they hope fingertip searches of four ornamental lily ponds at the site will yield potential clues to the 85-year-old's death.

As well as items including bricks, bottles and glasses, officers from Hampshire Constabulary’s Major Investigation Team (HMIT) also found several items of 'potential interest' to the inquiry team.

Detective Superintendent Tony Harris who is leading the investigation said: “These latest searches have revealed several items which may be linked to the murder of Delia Hughes.

"We have therefore sent them off for forensic analysis and we remain very much open minded as to whether they will provide us with any evidence. We now have to wait while scientists examine them and this could take several weeks.

“In the meantime the investigation team are following up numerous lines of enquiry and we have still been unable to identify a man who was seen in the Ocean Village area on the morning of Saturday, August 18, when Mrs Hughes’ body was discovered.

"It is imperative that we speak to this man as he could hold vital information. If anyone knows who this man is, we would ask them to contact us."

Anyone with information is asked to contact Southampton Central police station on 101 or Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111 quoting Operation Anglian.

Murder investigation: New CCTV image released

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Police hunting the killer of Delia Hughes want to speak to this man Credit: Hampshire Police

Detectives hunting the killer of Southampton pensioner Delia Hughes have released another CCTV image of a man they want to speak to.

This latest image shows the man on Bridge Road in Woolston at approximately 8am on Saturday, August 18, the day the body of Mrs Hughes was discovered.

The man was later sighted by an Atlantic Close resident leaving Atlantic Close and walking off in the direction towards Tasman Close at around 9.30am.

Prior to that, CCTV cameras saw the same man in the general area of Atlantic Close and the Ocean Village complex from around 8.20am.

He is described a white, aged 25-30 years old, slim build, approximately 5ft 8ins to 5ft 11ins tall.

He was wearing a grey hooded jacket which was zipped at the front, faded blue jeans, white training shoes and had a small black rucksack resting on his back.

Call Hampshire Police on 0845 0454545.

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