Police pursue 10 new leads in Kate case

Detectives investigating the 1997 murder of Exwick schoolgirl Kate Bushell are working on 10 new lines of enquiry following a new public appeal.

On Monday [6 November] the Force launched a major public appeal for information on the 20th anniversary of the 14-year-old’s murder as part of an investigative review into her death.

So far around 140 calls and messages from the UK public have been received through the police incident room and online reporting portal.

There has been an excellent response and interest on social media with more than 97,000 views for the public appeal films.

Senior Investigating Officer Paul Burgan said: “The response to this appeal has been tremendous so far and each day we continue to receive more information into the incident room. As a result, we have 10 new leads which have been passed to the Major Crime Team to progress.

“We would urge people to keep the information coming as we still need that critical bit of information that could help us to identify Kate’s killer. If you think you know something, be brave and please pick up the phone.”

Phone the incident room on 0800 096 1233 or report online via: www.dc.police.uk/katebushell

A £10,000 reward has been offered by independent charity Crimestoppers for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Kate’s killer.

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