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Detectives investigating Sussex murder use mobile DNA screening unit

Men can visit the unit and voluntarily provide their DNA to police Photo:

Detectives investigating the murder of Valerie Graves have now set up a mobile DNA screening unit in Bosham.

Last week the voluntary mass DNA screening sessions inviting all men aged over 17 who live, work or visit Bosham started at the Millstream Hotel in the village. Now police are using a major incident vehicle which can be moved around the area for men to visit to offer their DNA as well as the sessions at the hotel.

The vehicle will be outside the Co-op shop in Delling Lane, Bosham, on Wednesday (28 January) from 10am to 2pm and outside the Tesco Extra store in Fishbourne from 3pm to 8pm.

Anyone who attends is asked to bring along photo identification, a passport or the photo driving licence. An officer will fill out some details, check their identification and take a photo of them. Their thumbprint will be taken and a swab will be taken from inside their mouth.

More than 800 men have already come forward since the screening sessions began last week.

The screening sessions are taking place at the Millstream Hotel in Bosham Lane, Bosham, until Thursday (29 January) and then from Monday 2 February to Saturday 7 February and again from Tuesday 10 February to Sunday 15 February. All sessions are from 10am to 8pm.

The process is painless and should take no longer than 10 minutes. Police will only use the samples obtained to check against this particular crime and their DNA profile will not appear on any database. The samples will be destroyed at the end of the investigation.

On 30 December 2013 55-year-old mother and grandmother Valerie Graves was found brutally murdered in her bedroom in Smugglers Lane, Bosham. She had been staying at the property while the owners were away over the Christmas period. Just over a year on and a significant investigation is continuing into the murder.

Anyone with information about the murder of Valerie Graves is asked to call 101 and quote Operation Ensign or to call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.