More than 1,200 men ruled out of inquiry

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MORE than 1,200 men have been eliminated from a murder probe following a mass DNA screening.

More than 2,000 men have come forward so far to give their DNA in the Valerie Graves murder investigation and Sussex police has been able to write to 1,235 of them to eliminate them from their inquiry.

The other samples are still being processed.

Earlier this year all men over 17 who live, work or visit Bosham were asked to provide a DNA sample and a thumbprint.

The 55-year-old grandmother was brutally murdered in her bedroom in Smugglers Lane, Bosham, on December 30, 2013.

Detective Superintendent Nick May, leading the inquiry, said police would be knocking on doors from April 6 to 12 urging more men to come forward.