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Star poster to aid in hunt for killer

PUBLISHED: 13:59 18 December 2001 | UPDATED: 11:02 03 March 2010

FEAR is stalking the streets in the shocked village of Capel St Mary as shopkeepers join the hunt for clues into the circumstances of popular pensioner Joan Lambert's horrific murder.

FEAR is stalking the streets in the shocked village of Capel St Mary as shopkeepers join the hunt for clues into the circumstances of popular pensioner Joan Lambert's horrific murder.

Traders are displaying posters designed by the Evening Star's graphics team urging anyone with information to come forward help detectives track down her killer.

The Star's poster campaign comes as a boost to detectives on the trail of the murderer who repeatedly stabbed the 79-year-old woman at her Boydlands home.

A police spokesman thanked the Star for its help, saying: "Anything that will help people come forward with information at this stage of the inquiry is obviously welcomed by us."

The village newsagent Jim Lay, of Capel News, told how he was happy to do anything to help as Mrs Lambert was a regular customer when he worked at Pine Tree garage, a previous business which closed some years ago.

"She used to come in for petrol and bits and pieces," he said.

And Mr Lay, a Capel resident for 23 years, added how her vicious stabbing has rocked fellow villagers' sense of security from its very foundations the moment her body was discovered on Sunday morning.

"One of the members of staff here was saying how she locked and bolted the doors of her home for the first time in donkeys years," he said. "And she's got two dogs."

"All the customers who have been in, especially the elderly, are frightened. It's upsetting."

"Yesterday the girls and boys who do the paper round asked if there was someone to come with them on their rounds," he said. "They didn't want to go round the cuts and alleyways on their own but that wasn't possible. I said that of anyone didn't wanted to do their round I'd understand and arrange cover."


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