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£20,000 reward to catch killer of Valerie Graves in Sussex

Reward to find killer of Valerie Credit: Hampshire Police

A reward of up to £20,000 is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the murder of Valerie Graves.

Valerie, 55, was found dead on 30 December 2013 whilst house-sitting at a friend's house in Bosham. It is believed that she was attacked in her bed during the night by an intruder using a hammer. She died as a result of severe head injuries.

Valerie was an artist who was well-liked. She had two grown-up children and two grandchildren, and had recently moved back to Sussex from Scotland to help care for her elderly mother in Bracklesham Bay.

On the nine month anniversary of her death, Crimestoppers is offering a reward of up to £10,000 with a further £10,000 offered by Sussex Police, for information that is passed to the charity's anonymous 0800 555 111 number leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible.

Angela Hollinshead, Crimestoppers' Area Manager for Sussex, said: "Valerie's murder was extremely brutal and her family has been devastated by her death. It is hoped that, by increasing the reward, this may assist in convincing someone to come forward and provide us with the critical information that may solve this crime"

If you have any information on Valerie's murder then please contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through our anonymous online form at


Police release image of murder weapon: Police statement

Detective Superintendent Nick May from Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team said: "We need to know the origins of this hammer.

"Do you recognise it? We need people to check if they have lost such a hammer or had one stolen in the period leading up to the murder.

"We would also ask police officers, prison staff, probation officers and professionals who work in mental health, if they have dealt with anyone who has talked about causing someone harm with a hammer, to let us know.

"If so we would like to hear from you. We are continuing to appeal for any information from anyone who saw anything suspicious in the area from late afternoon on Sunday 29 December to 10am on Monday 30 December to come forward."

Police release pictures of hammer used to murder woman in Sussex

This hammer was used to murder Valerie Graves Credit: Sussex Police

Police have released these photos of a hammer which they believe is the weapon used to kill Valerie Graves in Bosham.

It was found in Bosham by the search team working on the murder inquiry.

Police want to speak to anyone who recognises this hammer Credit: Sussex Police

Miss Graves was discovered dead in a ground-floor bedroom on the morning of Monday 30 December at the house in Smugglers Lane she was looking after with three other members of her family, while the owners were away.

She died from significant head and facial injuries.

Man released on police bail until February 17th

A man who was arrested in connection with the murder of a woman who was killed while house sitting for friends in West Sussex has been released on police bail.

Valerie Graves' body was found at the waterside property in Bosham on the 30th December.

The 22-year-old man was arrested on Tuesday night on suspicion of murder.

He will be released on bail until the 17th February.

Valerie had been house sitting with her family whilst her friends were away for Christmas.

Police say she had gone to bed at 10pm on Sunday 29th and was found dead by one of her family members at around 10am the next morning, in the bedroom where she had been sleeping.

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