Exeter Schoolgirl Murder Re-Examined

Twelve year old samples from the murder of an Exeter school girl are to undergo new forensic tests.

Kate Bushell was killed in Exwick in 1997... the evidence is now being reviewed using the latest methods.

Detective Superintendent John Clements says the murder was a huge shock for the community: "I felt that same concern and horror that I think everyone suffered in the city and that has lasted with me right until now. It is one case I would dearly like to see cleared"

The unsolved murder is one of 50 nationwide which is being re-examined as part of Operation Stealth.

DS Clements says up to date techniques could make the difference: "we still have the samples we obtained back in 1997. Hopefully the additional funding will allow us to be a bit more imaginative"