Police step up bid for help on Bosham murder on BBC’s Crimewatch

VICTIM Valerie Graves
VICTIM Valerie Graves
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POLICE have stepped up their bid to find out more about the murder of an artist in West Sussex.

As reported, Valerie Graves, 55, was found dead in a ground-floor bedroom of a £1.6m mansion in Smugglers Lane, Bosham, on December 30.

It was a property she was looking after with three other members of her family while the owners were away.

On an episode of BBC programme Crimewatch last night, detectives said they were particularly keen to speak to probation officers and health officials about someone who may have wanted to hurt someone with a hammer. It comes after a photograph of one which police believe was used to kill Miss Graves was released.

As previously reported, it was found in Bosham by the search team working on the murder inquiry.

An extensive search of the Bosham area is still being carried out. Police last week searched the cottage in Hoe Lane as part of the investigation. The body of Miss Graves, a grandmother and mother of two, was found with severe head and facial injuries.

Anyone with information should ring 101 quoting Operation Ensign.