Fresh appeal in murder hunt

DETECTIVES last nightappealed for help to catch the killer of a retired traffic warden who was murdered almost a year ago after two suspects were released without charge.

DETECTIVES last nightappealed for help to catch the killer of a retired traffic warden who was murdered almost a year ago after two suspects were released without charge.

Jean Dicker, 58, was found battered to death in her bungalow, in Craigfield Avenue, Clacton, on January 29 last year.

A man and a woman arrested in November in connection with her death were yesterdayquestioned again by detectives and then released without charge.

The 26-year-old man had been arrested on suspicion of murder and the 24-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice.


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Det Supt Gareth Wilson, who has been leading the murder investigation, renewed appeals for help in catching Mrs Dicker's killer.

"We are sadly back to square one and in the position where we no longer have any suspect in mind.

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"Hopefully renewed appeals from local media will jog people's memories because we do have various belongings that Jean owned that were taken from the house which still have not turned up. These include a handbag, mobile phone and various credit and store cards.

"We are still very keen to speak to a person seen near Jean's home on the afternoon of her murder, who was wearing a silver hooded jacket to come forward.

"He or she could provide us with a missing piece of information that could prove to be the missing piece and could provide us with intelligence that leads us to make an arrest."

Mrs Dicker, a widow, left a grown-up daughter and son and grandchildren. She had moved to Clacton from Colchester for her retirement.

Her daughter, Tracydescribed her as a happy, friendly and family orientated woman who enjoyed her social life.

Mr Wilson said: "Throughout the past 12 months we have fully supported the family and kept them up-to-date with how the investigation has been developing and progressing.

"They are aware of today's developments and as such appeal themselves to anyone with any information to contact detectives."

Anyone with information should contact the Stanway major investigation team on 01206 762122.

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