Murder - son to speak of 'lovely mum'

THE son of a murdered traffic warden is to talk publicly for the first time today about the brutal killing of his "lovely mum" who was battered to death six months ago.

THE son of a murdered traffic warden is to talk publicly for the first time today about the brutal killing of his "lovely mum" who was battered to death six months ago.

Steve Dicker, 34, found his murdered mother Jean Dicker after returning home late on January 29 to their quiet bungalow in Craigfield Avenue, Clacton.

Found lying in the hallway, she died of head injuries, a post-mortem later revealed.

Mr Dicker will appear at a press conference with his sister Tracy Kinton to talk about the events on the night of his mother's death.

Detectives said yesterdaythey remain "disappointed and frustrated" that no one has yet come forward with information that may help trace the 58-year-old's killer.

Mrs Dicker's family said that she had only just started to rebuild her life after the death of her beloved husband Len who died in May last year.

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She was laid to rest next to him at Clacton Cemetery in early June.

At her funeral, a tribute written by her daughter Tracy, a 37-year-old housing officer, described her mother as a "spirited person" who won a bravery trophy in 1995 while working as a traffic warden in Colchester because she helped catch two burglars who had stolen a ring.

Mrs Dicker and her husband of 40 years retired to Clacton only two years ago after she retired as a traffic warden in 1996.

She had been a gymnastics coach in Colchester and West Mersea and was also a keen motorcyclist. She was also a dog-lover who exhibited at Crufts.

One sighting on the evening of the murder reports a person wearing a grey anorak in Craigfield Avenue.

The witness was unable to tell whether it was a man or a woman because the hood was up.

Police also discovered that Mrs Dicker's old-style mobile phone, handbag and credit cards were missing.

Anyone with new information is asked to call the major investigations team on 01206 762122.

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