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Fresh call to contact hot line

PUBLISHED: 07:37 28 December 2001 | UPDATED: 15:22 03 March 2010

POLICE are repeating their appeal for more people to contact a murder incident room hotline – set up to aid the investigation into the killing of a Suffolk pensioner - now that the Christmas festivities are over.

POLICE are repeating their appeal for more people to contact a murder incident room hotline – set up to aid the investigation into the killing of a Suffolk pensioner - now that the Christmas festivities are over.

Up until Christmas Eve more than 150 people had called the special line following the discovery of pensioner Joan Albert's body in the hallway of her Capel St Mary home a week before Christmas.

Two more calls were received over the Christmas period and police spokesman Steve Henry said detectives had now contacted around 40 of the 80 members of a line-dancing club which had been using the village hall on the night of the murder.

However, police would like to speak to all those club members who were in the hall that night and are asking as many as possible to contact the hotline on 01473 613777.

He said: "We would like to thank all the people who have helped so far and there has been a lot of support from the local community, but we still need more people to come forward who may have been in the area or seen something or have other information."

Mr Henry said that over Christmas detectives had continued to work on material gathered in the village from house-to-house inquiries and from questioning people around Mrs Albert's Boydlands(crrct) home on the evening of Saturday, December 22, the weekend following her death.

Mrs Albert, 79, was found still in her nightclothes and with several stab wounds by a neighbour on Sunday, December 16, after she failed to answer calls or knocks at the door.

There were signs of a forced entry at the back of her home and it is possible she was killed after discovering a burglar in her home.

Anyone with information can either call the incident room or Crimestoppers, on 0800 555111.


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