Corby Murder: Shop Customers Could Help Police

2 January 2013, 14:13 | Updated: 2 January 2013, 14:28

Northamptonshire Police officers investigating the murder of Corby man David Ross want to hear from people shopping in a sweet store in the town.

Northants Detective Chief Inspector Martin Kinchin, who is leading the murder inquiry, told Heart: "I have a team of experienced detectives working on this investigation, pursuing a variety of lines of inquiry. I am keen to speak to anybody who visited The Chocolate Shop in The Jamb on Monday morning, Dec 17, the morning of Mr Ross’s death."

DCI Kinchin added: "We know the shop is busy before that time selling newspapers and the like. We need to speak to anybody who shopped there on the morning or who parked outside, or close to, the shop. We believe some of these people will be unaware that they may hold information that is important to the investigation. Secondly, from CCTV in the area of The Jamb we can see a number of people going about their day-to-day activities and would like to quickly eliminate these people from the investigation."

The body of Mr Ross was disccovered on Monday afternoon, around 2.40pm in a hotel room at the Village Express Hotel.

DCI Paul Spicer told Heart: "Mr Ross - or Les as he was locally known, was well known in Corby and was involved in the management of the Rubix club in the town. He also worked as a taxi driver.

We're keeping an open mind as to the cause of the murder. The public have been great in giving us information and possible theories into Mr Ross's death. Some strands of the investigation have gone out of the county, but we believe at this stage it's likely we'll find information relating to the murder will be found in and around Corby."

DCI Spicer concluded: "We now need anyone who was in the Chocolate Shop that morning (17th December) - anytime before 9am - to speak to us."

Anyone who may have any information about Mr Ross’s death can contact officers by calling 101 and asking for Operation Lane, or by calling Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.