Police Update

DCI Barton makes his appeal

DCI Barton making his appeal

As a result of Mondays appeal marking the two year anniversary of the Murder of pensioner Georgina Edmonds, Police have revealed that they have received 36 messages from members of the community who have passed on information, including names of people who may be connected to the incident. Officers will now be following those lines of enquiry.

Speaking outside the Tesco Express on Twyford road – the last known whereabouts of the killer Detective Chief Inspector Paul Barton had revealed that as a result of a breakthrough they now had a DNA profile of the wanted Man. As this means that any suspect could now be easily eliminated through a quick and simple swab test, he went on to urged members of the Public who may have been harbouring suspicions about someone in the area to forward the names anonymously, safe in the knowledge that their accusation would not result in someone being ‘stitched up’.

Earlier in the week, Harry Edmonds son of Georgina Edmonds pleaded in a statement:

“Someone must know who committed this crime and I feel sure that assistance from the local community will help bring my mothers’ killer to justice.”

A £30,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the Killer still stands,

Meanwhile as police asked for people to come forward and be eliminated though DNA testing Eastleigh MP Chris Huhne criticised the efficiency of the national DNA base. While commenting on Claims that it has only helped to solve one case in every 500 he wrote on his website:

“The enormous increase in the size of the DNA database, populated by a million innocent people, has not led to an increase in the amount of crimes it helps solve.

Ministers must stop dragging their feet and remove all innocent people from the database immediately.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Operation Columbian invesitgation team on 0845 045 45 45 or call the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111. Mini-Com users can call 01962 875000. Alternatively information can be emailed to: operation.columbian@hampshire.pnn.police.uk

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