Nottingham

'Pretty Windows' murder: 'Possible' new leads

George Wilson
Image caption Nottingham pub Landlord George Wilson was stabbed 13 times

Police investigating the murder of a man killed outside a Nottingham pub 50 years ago say they are exploring possible new leads.

Who killed George Wilson has remained a mystery since he was found outside the Fox and Grapes pub in Southwell Road, Sneinton, on Sunday 8 September 1963.

Nottinghamshire Police's Det Ch Insp Tony Heydon said he was pleased at the response to a renewed appeal.

He said there had been more than 10 calls to the force since last week.

"Some people have come to us with names, some are talking about possible motives, others have information about the weapon," said Det Ch Insp Heydon.

"We are now taking all of this and cross-checking it with our files to see if we have any new leads to go on."

Unknown motive

Landlord George Wilson was stabbed 13 times outside the Fox and Grapes in what was dubbed the "Pretty Windows" murder.

It sparked one of the biggest manhunts ever seen by the force - but no-one was ever caught.

His wife died in 1997, not knowing the reason or motive for his death.

Image caption Mr Wilson's wife died in 1997, never finding out the reason why her husband was killed

The father-of-two was killed as he left the pub, well-known for the intricate design of its windows, to take the family dog for a walk shortly after midnight.

About 20 minutes later, George's wife Betty heard the dog barking in the alley nearby.

The former miner was found lying face down with injuries to his face, neck, head and back. He died at the scene.

Nine days after the murder, two young boys playing in Polser Brook, near Holme Pierrepont, discovered a knife which they handed in to police.

A forensic examination linked the weapon to the murder.

But despite an extensive search for the killer by Nottinghamshire Police the murder remains unsolved.

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