Man held in Capel murder hunt

A 24-YEAR-OLD man is today being questioned by police in connection with the murder of Capel pensioner Joan Albert.Officers swooped on the suspect's Ipswich home early this morning.

A 24-YEAR-OLD man is today being questioned by police in connection with the murder of Capel pensioner Joan Albert.

Officers swooped on the suspect's Ipswich home early this morning.

It is the first time in the murder investigation's seven-month hunt for the killer of the 79-year-old that an arrest has been made.

Mrs Albert was discovered by neighbours, stabbed to death in the hallway of her family-sized Boydlands home at 10am on December 16.


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The murder of the elegant widow sparked a huge murder enquiry that in recent months has seen more than 1,000 statements taken and 1,595 vehicles logged.

Police faced criticism from Capel residents that they had let the trail for Joan's killer go cold.

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But detectives involved in the hunt, headed by Detective Superintendent Roy Lambert, remained confident their hard work, which included writing to all Capel residents to help jog memories, would succeed.

Police have 24 hours to question the man, which can be extended by a further 12 hours on a superintendent's request. They may then apply to magistrates' for a further 24 hour extension.

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