Police in Bosham a year on from Valerie Graves’ murder

Valerie Graves, 55, was murdered in a property she was house-sitting at a year ago
Valerie Graves, 55, was murdered in a property she was house-sitting at a year ago

EXTRA police will be out in Bosham today and tomorrow to ease residents’ fears on the anniversary of Valerie Graves’ murder.

The Bracklesham Bay grandmother was killed at a property in Smugglers Lane on the night of December 29, 2013.

She was found the next morning by her sister with multiple wounds to her face and head and a year on from her shocking murder a major operation continues to catch her killer.

Officers will be in Bosham today (Monday, December 29), and tomorrow (Tuesday, December 30), asking residents and visitors if they have any information to speak to them.

Detective superintendent Nick May of Surrey and Sussex major crime team said: “A year ago Valerie was brutally murdered in her bedroom overnight between Sunday, December 29 and Monday, December 30.

“Where you in the area, do you remember anyone acting suspiciously?

“We need the public’s help to catch this person before they hurt someone else and to get justice for Valerie and her family.

“Since the murder, officers have interviewed more than 9,500 people, of which 8,000 of these were during the house-to-house enquiries and taken 580 statement as part of the investigation, but feel there may still be witnesses with important information who have not yet come forward.”

Chief Inspector Justin Burtenshaw, district policing commander for Chichester, added: “I would urge any residents or visitors to come forward and speak to my officers if they have any information about the murder.

“I have ensured that there will be extra patrols on the night of December 29 in the area to reassure residents.”

Anyone with information should ring 101 or email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk quoting Operation Ensign, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.