Wisbech: Family Plea To Catch Killer

30 January 2013, 14:06 | Updated: 30 January 2013, 14:20

The niece of a murdered Wisbech widow has called for help from the public to catch her killer.

The body of 86 year old Una Crown [pictured - right] was discovered in her bungalow in Magazine Lane, Wisbech, on the morning of Sunday 13th January.

She had been stabbed to death and then set on fire, in what Police believe was an attempt to hide her injuries and destroy evidence.

Mrs Crown has last seen alive at around 5pm on Friday 11th January, but spoke to a friend over the phone on the day afterwards at around 5pm.

Now, Mrs Crown's niece Judy Payne has asked for help in finding the person responsible for her murder.

Mrs Payne, 69, who was close to Mrs Crown,said: "We are all shocked and deeply saddened by Aunty Una's death and cannot understand why anyone would want to hurt her. 

We desperately want justice for Aunty Una, whoever committed this  terrible crime needs to be caught. 

If you have any information about who is responsible, or have suspicions about someone you know, please do the right thing and call the police." 

Paying tribute to her, she said: "Aunty Una started work as a telephonist at Wisbech Post Office and met her future husband Jack Roland
Crown who was working at various post offices in the area after his  service in the RAF. 

They married in April 1948 and moved to Bridge House, Elm, to run the village post office.

Aunty Una would cycle round the nearby villages to deliver telegrams. 

After retiring from the post office she had a number of office jobs including one at Dawbarn's Solicitors. 

She was a very healthy but private lady who enjoyed being in the company of her relatives and friends. 

She particularly enjoyed mid-week trips to Norfolk where she loved visiting a friend's tea room, she also liked going out to visit friends and family for Sunday roasts."

Meanwhile Cambridgeshire Police have confirmed a knife, found close to Magazine Lane, has been eliminated from inquiries and is now not being connected to the murder.

Crimestoppers is offering a £10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever killed Una Crown.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Major Crime Unit on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.