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Police investigate new leads in Kate Bushell murder

Kate Bushell was just 14 when she was killed. Photo: Family

Police investigating the murder of an Exeter schoolgirl twenty years ago have revealed they're pursuing 10 new lines of inquiry.

Kate Bushell, 14, was killed as she walked a neighbour's dog near her home in Exwick in 1997. She was found in a field off Exwick Lane with a brutal wound to her throat.

Detectives launched an appeal on the anniversary of her death last month, where they received around 180 calls from the public. They say they're reviewing new information which they hope will "break open the case."

Kate’s older brother Tim Bushell, 35, said the family were very grateful for the public’s help and appealed to anyone who was still withholding information to speak out.

As Kate’s family we have been informed of some new information being passed to the police amongst hundreds of calls. We are very grateful for this and it means so much to us.

We maintain a joint view with the police that somebody must have that piece of information that will lead to the police apprehending the person who killed Kate. We hope that somebody may find it within themselves to let the police have that information.

Today marks the 20th anniversary of the day I lost my sister in brutal circumstances. It is long overdue that the killer is brought to justice.

– TIM BUSHELL, KATE'S OLDER BROTHER