Woman, 27, arrested as part of Clifford Clarke murder inquiry

Cliff Clarke, who was murdered in Uppingham in 2000.

Cliff Clarke, who was murdered in Uppingham in 2000.

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POLICE have arrested a 27-year-old woman as part of the investigation into the unsolved murder of Clifford Clarke 12 years ago.

The woman was arrested today (Tuesday) and is currently in police custody.

Mr Clarke was found dead at his flat in High Street East, Uppingham on Sunday, September 10, 2000. He had been stabbed to death.

Officers from the East Midlands Major Crime Team reappealed for information about the murder last month after forensic techniques, which were not around at the time of Mr Clarke’s death, unveiled new information.

A £5,000 reward is being offered by Crimestoppers for information which helps lead to a conviction for an unsolved murder.

Senior investigating officer Detective Chief Inspector Neil Castle said: “We are making some excellent progress with our investigation so far and the public have been a great help but I’m sure there are others that could come forward with information.

“Even though we have someone arrested our inquiries aren’t over and I would still urge anyone who can help to call police or Crimestoppers.”

Mr Castle said it was not too late for members of the public to help solve the investigation.

“Forensic science 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 and these will help us look at our evidence.

“I would urge anyone who knows anything to come forward and contact us, before we contact you. What you know could help solve this murder and provide closure to the family help the family of Clifford have closure.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Leicestershire Police on 101 and quote Operation Magnet.

National charity Crimestoppers, are offering a reward of up to £5,000 to anyone who provides information to Crimestoppers which leads to the arrest and conviction of anyone linked to the offence.

The reward will be available to anyone providing information to Crimestoppers leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone linked to the above incident. Any information given directly to the police will not qualify.

Crimestoppers can be contacted on 0800 555 111.