Detectives issue Wisbech murder appeal on second anniversary of pensioner’s death

Pensioner Una Crown (inset with her husband, photo supplied) who was found dead in her Wisbech home in January 2013. Main photo: Peterborough Telegraph
Pensioner Una Crown (inset with her husband, photo supplied) who was found dead in her Wisbech home in January 2013. Main photo: Peterborough Telegraph
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Monday 11.45am: Detectives have reissued a plea for help solving a brutal murder two years after a Wisbech pensioner was stabbed to death in her home.

The plea comes two years after 86-year-old Una Crown’s body was discovered in her bungalow in Magazine Lane on Sunday, January 13, 2013.

She had not been seen alive since Friday, January 11, but had spoken to a friend over the phone at about 5pm on the Saturday, the day before she was discovered by police.

A post-mortem examination revealed she died as a result of stab wounds to her neck and chest. Her body was then set on fire in an apparent attempt to disguise her injuries and destroy evidence.

A £10,000 reward from the independent charity Crimestoppers is still on offer for information which leads to the arrest and successful conviction of Mrs Crown’s killer.

Detective Chief Inspector Sharn Basra, from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit, said: “It has been two years since this terrible crime happened and we still believe the answer to solving it lies within the local community.

“I’m asking people to really think about what they were doing in the days before and after Mrs Crown’s death – did you see anything suspicious? Did someone you know come home smelling of smoke, acting strangely, or had clothing that was burnt or had blood on it?

“Someone out there knows what happened in Magazine Lane that weekend and I’m asking them to do the right thing and call police or the charity Crimestoppers.

“Any information, no matter how small or insignificant it may seem, may hold the key to solving this tragic case, so I urge anyone with information to contact us. We are determined to get justice for Mrs Crown and her family.”

A 44-year-old man from Wisbech who was arrested on suspicion of murder in November is due to answer police bail tomorrow (Tuesday).

Anyone with information should call the Major Crime Unit on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.