Cambridgeshire

Man held over 1980 Peterborough murder quizzed

Murder victim Sally McGrath
Image caption Miss McGrath was last seen with a man in a Peterborough pub

Detectives have brought a man arrested in connection with the murder of a woman from Cambridgeshire to the county for questioning.

Sally McGrath, 22, of Peterborough, was found dead in woods near the city in March 1980 after vanishing in July 1979.

A 58-year-old man was arrested in Fareham, Hampshire, early on Tuesday morning, and is now in Peterborough.

He will also be questioned about seven serious sexual offences, police said.

It follows a cold case review, code named Operation Highfields, into the killing of Miss McGrath and linked serious sexual offences.

Pair of boots

Miss McGrath was last seen alive on the afternoon of 11 July 1979 at the Bull Hotel, Westgate, Peterborough, in the company of a man.

Her body, naked apart from a pair of boots, was found the next year on 1 March partially buried in Wild Boar Spinney at Castor Hanglands, to the west of the city.

A post-mortem examination revealed she had died from a blunt force injury to her head, but it is not known what caused the injury.

Miss McGrath had been living with her parents in Tower Street, Peterborough, when she vanished.

Det Supt Jeff Hill, of Cambridgeshire Police, said: "These were shocking crimes in which a young woman was brutally murdered and other young women were seriously sexually assaulted.

"My team is dedicated to ensuring that no stone is left unturned as we gather further evidence in relation to these awful crimes."

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