Fresh leads in Helen Fleet murder inquiry as police investigate new names

PUBLISHED: 08:00 08 April 2017

Helen Fleet and her two dogs.

Helen Fleet and her two dogs.

Avon and Somerset Constabulary

Police investigating an unsolved murder from Weston-super-Mare 30 years ago have received potential new leads following a fresh appeal.

Helen Fleet.Helen Fleet.

Helen Fleet, aged 66, was walking her dogs when she was brutally murdered in Worlebury Woods in 1987.

Last week, Avon and Somerset Constabulary issued a renewed appeal for information and officers said they believed the key to solving the crime may still lie in Weston.

Detective Sergeant Zoe Niccolls, from the major crime review team which investigates historic cases, said: “Following our re-appeal for information on the 30th anniversary of Helen Fleet’s murder, we’ve had several calls from members of the public, some providing us with names.

“We’ll look into each piece of information to see if it can help us progress this inquiry and we’ll be keeping Helen’s family updated with any significant developments.”

Helen Fleet's car.Helen Fleet's car.

The murder weapon was never recovered, but there are items from the crime scene which police will be able to retest for DNA, using advanced techniques which were not possible in 1987.

Mrs Fleet, who had worked in a nursing home, was stabbed repeatedly, beaten and strangled in the apparently motiveless attack.

Anyone with information should call 101 and ask for the major crime review team.

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