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POLICE who investigated the case of a Fareham man who committed murder more than 30 years ago have said they would like to speak to any of his victims.

Paul Taylor of Valentine Close was jailed for life earlier this month for the murder of 22-year-old Sally McGrath in Peterborough in 1979 after being found guilty at the end of an eight-week trial at Chelmsford Crown Court.

He was also given separate 16-year sentences for two counts of rape and a serious sexual assault on a 20-year-old woman, 14 years for the rape of a 17-year-old girl and nine years for the attempted rape of a 24-year-old woman.

Taylor, 60, moved to Fareham in the 1980s and was arrested in 2010 after police reopened the case.

Detective Superintendent Jeff Hill of Cambridgeshire Police said: ‘When we were looking at Mr Taylor for these offences we did look at his life beyond Peterborough.

‘We made some decisions in conjunction with a QC around which matters would be pursued, and on his advice those were the cases we pursued to trial.

‘We did interview some people in Hampshire.

‘At this moment in time we aren’t looking to pursue any further charges against Taylor.

‘But if anyone hasn’t been spoken to by police before and they were one of his victims, then we would be more than happy to speak to them.’

After moving to Fareham the former soldier ran a fish and chip shop, Janet and Paul Taylor Seafare in St Nicholas Avenue, Gosport, until about 2000.

A former friend of Taylor has told The News how he reported to police that his daughters were abused by Taylor.

Members of the family were interviewed by the police.

The man told how he challenged Taylor after one of his daughters made claims that he had abused her.

He said: ‘I went over and had a word with Taylor but he said she had got it wrong and she was mistaken.

‘After that, that was when our friendship dropped off.’

The man added: ‘I hope he doesn’t see the light of day again.

‘When I heard what he was charged with, to be honest, I wasn’t surprised.

‘He seemed to have a shady background he was keen to hide.

‘I think my girls had a very lucky escape.

‘If he was capable of that then, what was to stop him doing it around here?’


Fareham reporter