Police hope new forensic evidence will help solve Cliff Clarke’s murder

Cliff Clarke, who was murdered in Uppingham in 2000.
Cliff Clarke, who was murdered in Uppingham in 2000.

POLICE are hoping new forensic evidence will help them solve a murder 12 years ago.

Cliff Clarke was found stabbed to death in his flat in High Street East, Uppingham, on Sunday, September 10, 2000.

Police are looking again at the case and are hoping that new forensic techniques will help them catch the killer or killers.

Officers are also asking people to cast their minds back and come forward with any information that could assist.

Crimestoppers is offering a reward of up to £5,000 to anyone who provides information which leads to an arrest and a conviction.

Senior investigating officer Det Chief Insp Neil Castle said: “It is now nearly 12 years since this murder happened and it could be that someone out there has information which could prove vital to our inquiry.

“This was a horrific attack. Somebody may know something but they have never come forward or were reluctant to provide information when they were initially spoken to.”

Mr Castle said there had been advancements in technology in the recovery of fingerprints and DNA from the scene, which has resulted in “new lines of inquiry”.

Shortly after the murder, detectives revealed they had found a small vegetable knife and some keys in a drain about a quarter of a mile away from Mr Clarke’s home. A shoe print was also found in the blood in his flat.

Mr Castle said there were four arrests at the time of Mr Clarke’s murder but no charges were made due to a lack of evidence.

Mr Clarke was 56, divorced and lived alone. He suffered from a disability that made him shake and his brother Colin, of Lyndon Way, Stamford, believes this made him vulnerable.

He said his brother was a friendly and trusting man, who would do anything for anyone.

Mr Clarke, who discovered his brother’s body, said: “Cliff didn’t deserve to die the way he did and I would ask anyone who knows anything to come forward. I think there are people out there who knew who it was.

“When it first happened, it was really upsetting and shocking and although time is a big healer, the family will never have closure until justice has been done.

“What grieves me the most now is the people who did this to my brother are still out there loose and they could be doing the same to other people.”

Since his brother’s brutal murder, Mr Clarke, 62, has remarried and his wife Gill added: “I have heard such wonderful things about Cliff and I would have loved to have met him.

“Someone should not have taken him away from the people who loved him and it’s at family celebrations, like our wedding, that you really realise Cliff should be there and he’s not.

“We want to see justice done so we know that no other family has to go through what we have had to go through.”

Anyone with information that could help police should phone 101 and quote Operation Magnet or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.