Regional police unit to investigate cold cases

A new police unit has been set up in the East Midlands to investigate cold cases.

The organisation will look at unsolved murders, rapes and fatal hit and runs.

Undetected cases are currently handled separately by the five police forces in the region - Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire and Northamptonshire.

The new unit will help to reduce costs, and save £287,000, the East Midlands Police Collaboration Programme said.

The unit will consider any case which is unsolved for more than 28 days but will work mostly on serious crimes.

It is currently working on six such reviews, including a cold case murder.

Det Supt Jack Russell, head of the Regional Review Unit, said it is the first regional unit of its kind in England.

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