Bosham murder update: Man released without charge

Scene outside the house. Picture by Kate Shemilt.
Scene outside the house. Picture by Kate Shemilt.

A MAN arrested on suspicion of the murder of Valerie Graves was released without charge today (March 24).

The 22-year-old man was arrested on Tuesday, January 14, and was due to answer bail today – when he was subsequently released.

The investigation continues after Miss Graves was found dead in a house in Smugglers Lane, Bosham, on Monday, December 30.

She and other members of her family had been house sitting while the owners were away over Christmas.

Sussex Police has recently pledged a £10,000 reward to anyone with information which will lead to the conviction of the killer.

Detectives, supported by neighbourhood policing officers vowed to knock on the doors of more than 700 homes in the area in their effort to gather any information that can help them in the investigation.

The Sussex and Surrey Major Crime Team is also being advised by the National Crime Agency in order to provide further offender profiling. They are keeping an open mind as to the motive for Valerie’s ‘violent’ death.

Chief Inspector Justin Burtenshaw, district policing commander for Chichester, said: “Some local residents are obviously concerned and we want to do all we can to reassure them.

“I have ensured that extra patrols continue in the area and the neighbourhood policing team is available in Bosham to speak to residents about their concerns.”

Police are also holding a number of ‘street briefings’ for residents, from Monday to Friday.

Local officers will be outside the Bosham Craft Centre in Bosham Lane from 11am to midday each day, and outside the Co-op store in Delling Lane from 7pm until 8pm.

Anyone with information connected with the murder should ring 101 quoting Operation Ensign or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.