Murder suspect is released on bail

Sally McGrath
Sally McGrath

Attacker followed his victim for a mile before assault in city alleyway

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DETECTIVES have released a man on bail for the murder of a woman more than 30 years ago.

A 58-year-old man, from Fareham, answered police bail yesterday.

He was arrested at his home last year in connection with the murder of Sally McGrath, 22, of Peterborough, who was found dead in woods near the city in March 1980.

He was also arrested on suspicion of serious sexual offences.

It follows a cold case review, codenamed Operation Highfields, into the killing of Miss McGrath and serious sexual offences.

Miss McGrath was last seen alive on the afternoon of July 11, 1979 at the Bull Hotel, Westgate, Peterborough, in the company of a man.

Her body, naked apart from a pair of boots, was found the next year on March 1 partially buried in woods.

The suspect, who has not been named, has been bailed by Cambridgeshire police until April 19.