Police hope new forensic evidence will solve Cliff Clarke’s murder in Uppingham 12 years on

Cliff Clarke, who was murdered in Uppingham in 2000.
Cliff Clarke, who was murdered in Uppingham in 2000.
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POLICE are hoping new forensic evidence will help them solve a murder in Uppingham 12 years ago.

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

Now 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 help with the investigation.

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: “There are still a lot of unanswered questions and I believe the answers lie within the Uppingham area.

“It is nearly 12 years since this horrific murder happened and it was such a major event that people in the area still remember him and remember the investigation.

“People still talk about it and what we need them to do is wind the clock back, dig deep in their memories and please think. If there is anything that could help, please contact us.

“We want to bring the people responsible to justice so we can get some closure for Mr Clarke’s family.”

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”.

“Forensic science in particular has come on in recent years and there are now new techniques around which were not available to us at the time of the incident,” he said.

“We have been looking at our forensic evidence, looking at the CCTV we have from the time, and we believe there are new lines of inquiry for us.

“We will now be speaking to those we spoke to at the time again to see if there is information they didn’t tell us at the time that they could now and we will be speaking to people we didn’t speak to as well.”

Mr Castle said that within Leicestershire police, unsolved murders were never closed and were subject to periodic reviews.

He said a team of detectives will be speaking to people, who had been identified within the review in the next few weeks,

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.

Four arrests were made at the time the murder inquiry was launched but no charges were brought.

Anyone with information that could help police should phone 101 and quote Operation Magnet or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.