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

  3 comments for “Police Update

  1. Davo
    January 14, 2010 at 12:01 am

    I dont agree with Chris huhne.If we were all on a DNA database then the police would have arrested this killer by now.
    I dont have a problem wiht having my DNA on record because I dont murder or rob people.
    If you dont commit crimes there is nothing to fear.

  2. Peter Stewart
    January 17, 2010 at 9:38 am

    CHRIS HUHNE IS RIGHT. The State should NOT hold INNOCENT people’s DNA. A DNA database of 60 million will NOT make us any safer, quite the opposite! It would make us more vulnerable to wrongful convictions by increasing the FALSE impression that crimes can be solved by DNA. They can NOT! It is insane for a jury to convict solely on the basis of scientific evidence. Yet that is what is happening these days. But experts say YOUR DNA could be found at ANY crime scene because DNA cross-contamination is so easy. Try convincing a court you were NOT at the scene of the crime when DNA evidence “proves” you were there! Never forget Barry George and that microscopic speck of brass! That could just as easily have been YOU WRONGFULLY convicted! We should be moving away from this dangerous reliance on DNA as a cheapskate panacea and back towards good old fashioned policing. Most crimes are actually solved by the good old bobby on the beat. But that requires funding. Until we stop wasting millions on the EU, improvements in crime busting will not happen.

  3. February 7, 2010 at 8:41 am

    There are a lot of guilty people who have been found out and innocent men released too due to DNA forensics..
    If it wasnt for DNA evidence then the real killer of Teresa di Simone would never have been discovered and an innocent man would still be in jail.

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