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Police murder appeal to residents

PUBLISHED: 13:12 13 March 2002 | UPDATED: 11:32 03 March 2010

RESIDENTS in Capel St Mary are to receive a personal plea asking for their help in the hunt to catch the killer of murdered Suffolk pensioner Joan Albert.

RESIDENTS in Capel St Mary are to receive a personal plea asking for their help in the hunt to catch the killer of murdered Suffolk pensioner Joan Albert.

Detective Superintendent Roy Lambert, who is leading the murder hunt, will be writing directly to residents who have not yet contacted the police but were out in the village on the night of December 15 to get in touch.

Widow Mrs Albert, 79, was found dead in the hall of her Boydlands home, Capel at 10am on Sunday December 16. Her body was peppered with stab wounds.

House to house enquiries in the centre of Capel have been completed, with officers visiting more than 500 homes, police revealed today.

Now nearly 700 letters are to be sent to the remainder of homes in the Capel area, which have not been visited by police.

Each letter is contained within an envelope bearing the Suffolk Constabulary crest and the message: "Help catch Joan's killer".

The letter, which also stresses the rarity of such brutal crimes in Suffolk, asks people who were out in the village on the night of the murder to get in touch.

DS Lambert said: "We have received a good response from the public so far and have amassed a great deal of information from our enquiries.

"Now that we have completed our house to house enquiries in the area around the centre of the village, we are turning our attention to gathering information from Capel residents living outside the area.

"I would appeal to all residents who receive a copy of this letter to take the time to read it.

"It is extremely important that anyone receiving a letter who was out and about in the village on the night of the murder, and has not yet contacted us, gets in touch immediately.

"They may have seen or heard something which helps us with our enquiries."

Detectives have set up a murder incident room at Force headquarters, Martlesham Heath. A team of more than 20 officers has been drafted in to work on the investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the incident room on 01473 613777 or call Crimestoppers on freephone 0800 555 111 or email incident.room@suffolk.police.uk


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