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Calls flood in to murder inquiry

PUBLISHED: 08:54 22 December 2001 | UPDATED: 11:04 03 March 2010

DETECTIVES hunting the killer of Suffolk pensioner Joan Albert have had more than 150 calls from the public since her body was found with multiple stab wounds six days ago.

DETECTIVES hunting the killer of Suffolk pensioner Joan Albert have had more than 150 calls from the public since her body was found with multiple stab wounds six days ago.

Twenty of the calls have been from people who were at a social evening held by the Jimeta Line Dancing Club at Capel St Mary village hall on Saturday, December 15, the night before Mrs Albert was found dead in the hallway of her Boydlands home.

Police are trying to trace anyone who attended the dance night which took place just minutes away from the 79-year-old's two-storey house.

Detectives are continuing house-to-house inquiries in the village meanwhile in the search for clues about the former hairdresser's death.

Mrs Albert, who lived alone with her spaniel Rusty, was found dead in her night-clothes at around 10am on Sunday, December 16, by friends who let themselves in to her house with spare keys after phone calls and knocking on the door failed to rouse her.

A post mortem examination revealed that the widow had died as a result of being repeatedly stabbed.

Neighbours have spoken of how the widow had been particularly security conscious and had installed her own CCTV.

There were signs of a forced entry to the back of her house and it is believed that the pensioner may have been attacked after disturbing a burglar.

A £5,000 bounty has been offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever is responsible for Mrs Albert's murder. The reward money, which is backed by Suffolk Police, has been offered by businesses in Capel which have put up £2,000, £2,000 from the Evening Star and Ipswich and Norwich Co-op, who have offered a further £1,000.

*Anyone with information about Mrs Albert's killing or who was in the area at the time should call the murder incident room on 01473 613777 or Crimestoppers, in confidence, on 0800 555 111.


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