Suffolk

Karen Hales murder: Six calls to police with information

Karen Hales and her daughter Emily, and the family home in Lavenham Road, Ipswich
Image caption Eighteen-month-old Emily was in the house in Ipswich when her mother was murdered

Six people have called police with information about the murder of a 21-year-old woman in Suffolk 20 years ago.

Police renewed witness appeals over the death of Karen Hales last week.

She was stabbed and her body set on fire at her Ipswich home on 21 November 1993 while her 18-month-old daughter Emily was in the house with her.

Det Ch Insp Andy Smith said each new lead would be examined in the hope of moving the inquiry on and he urged more people to come forward.

Shop assistant Ms Hales was discovered in the kitchen of her home in Lavenham Road by her parents.

'For Karen's family'

At the time, the investigation was one of the biggest murder hunts in Suffolk's criminal history.

Detectives involved in the investigation followed up more than 1,400 lines of inquiry.

Mr Smith said six calls had been received from members of the public offering information about the murder.

"We are making inquiries in response to each piece of information in the hope that it will move the inquiry forward," he said.

"What is really encouraging is that even after 20 years, members of the public are still reporting new information to us.

"We would urge people to come forward with information.

"For whatever reason you may not have felt you could come forward at the time, for the sake of Karen's family we would ask you to please come forward now."

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