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Friday, January 20, 2012

Betty Yates murder: Anonymous Letters sent to police

Two anonymous letters have been sent to police investigating the murder of a former teacher in Worcestershire.

Betty Yates, 77, was found stabbed in her cottage by the River Severn in Bewdley, Worcestershire.

West Mercia Police said the letters have given them two new lines of inquiry.

Police also want to speak to a man in his 20s seen walking near Mrs Yates' cottage on 2 January - the night police believe she was murdered.

Det Ch Insp Neil Jamieson said he does not believe the typewritten letters were sent by the same person.

He said: "The letters give different information - I do not believe they have been written by the same person and I appeal for both those persons to come forward."

He said one letter was delivered to a local police station through the mail, the other was sent to the major investigation unit.

Detectives are also trying to find a man who was spotted close to the scene on the night Mrs Yates was killed.

A driver reported seeing a man in his 20s wearing a thigh-length dark-coloured jacket walking alone at about 20:30 GMT.

Det Ch Insp Jamieson said: "We are keen to speak to that man in the strictest confidence." Read More