Cambridge: Police Confident 'Net Is Closing In' On Murderers

28 November 2013, 08:43 | Updated: 28 November 2013, 11:42

Detectives investigating the cold case murder of club doorman Ian Grant in 1995 say they have been boosted by the response to their appeal for information.

The Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit has re-launched the investigation into the murder of the 24-year-old who was found dead on wasteland in Cherry Hinton 18 years ago.

The investigation was launched after 'significant' new information coming to light.

Detective Chief Inspector Jon Hutchinson said: "We have been given a huge boost by the brilliant response so far to the media appeal for information around Ian's murder.

"We have had a number of calls including some from those who you might not expect to engage with police due to previous involvement in criminality.

"I'm optimistic that the net is closing in on those responsible for this shooting, but we still need people to come forward. I've no doubt that there are people out there who know what happened and have since moved on with their lives and are now settled with families. This is the perfect chance for them talk to police to draw a line under this terrible incident and distance themselves from having had any involvement.

"We've been really encouraged by the response from the community and it has made us even more determined to solve this senseless killing and bring Ian's family some closure after all this time."

Ian Grant's body was discovered on wasteland near Fulbourn Hospital close to his Cherry Hinton home shortly after midnight on November 15, 1995. It is thought he had been killed between 8pm and 10pm earlier that evening.

His girlfriend's car had also been set alight outside their flat in Speedwell Close two weeks prior to his murder. Detectives still believe that incident is linked to the killing.

Two men were acquitted of conspiracy to murder following a trial at Norwich Crown Court.