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Police chief defends his inquiry team

PUBLISHED: 18:50 19 November 2001 | UPDATED: 15:21 03 March 2010

IMMEDIATELY after Mr Bradshaw's acquittal Detective Superintendent Roy Lambert the man, who led the Vicky Hall murder investigation, defended his team and its inquiry.

IMMEDIATELY after Mr Bradshaw's acquittal Detective Superintendent Roy Lambert the man, who led the Vicky Hall murder investigation, defended his team and its inquiry.

"Our job is to obtain as much evidence as we possibly can and place it before the court," he said. "I believe we have done that and it is for the court to determine as they wish."

He admitted he was surprised the jury reached their verdict so quickly.

Det Supt Lambert said he had spoken to Graham and Lorinda Hall to tell them he was sorry.

When asked what his exact words were he said: "I am sorry. We have done our best."

He continued: "They (the Halls) showed remarkable integrity and control of their emotions. I was amazed – I am not sure I could have done it."

"The murder of Victoria Hall sent shockwaves through the local community and has deeply affected everyone who has been involved in this inquiry.

"Our sympathies go out to Victoria's family and friends. Unfortunately, they still do not know what happened on that night or what the motive was for this attack.

"Victoria's murder sparked off one of the biggest investigations undertaken by Suffolk Police. The public support we received was extraordinary and I would like to thank the thousands of people who offered their help and information.

"The inquiry team has already sifted through a massive quantity of information and have shown great dedication and I would like to personally thank them for all their hard work throughout this long-running investigation.

"We will now go away and review our investigation in the light of today's decision. Any new information or leads which come in will be fully investigated, so I would appeal to anyone out there who may know anything about this incident to contact the police.

"Once again, I would like to thank everyone in the community, including the media, for their continued help and support during this very long and difficult inquiry."

Chris Yule from the Crown Prosecution service said: "This prosecution followed a long and comprehensive police inquiry, during which others apart from Adrian Bradshaw were investigated."

Mr Yule said the case involved more detailed evidence than any other in recent history in Suffolk.

"I want to pay tribute to the team of CPS lawyers and case workers who worked closely throughout the investigation and the court case with the police officers involved and who brought the best possible evidence before the court," he said.

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