Police receive two calls after renewed appeal in historic murder case

Admin (27 April, 2017)

Clara Kirton was found dead by her son, and with her throat slashed, in 1985

16594Clara Kirton with son Brian

Police have received two calls following a renewed appeal to help find the person who murdered a grandmother 32 years ago.

Clara Kirton was 86 when she was found dead by her son, and with her throat slashed, at her home in Great Suffolk Street at 8am on November 17, 1985.

Sadly, despite many inquiries over the decades, her murder has never been solved and a fortnight ago the Metropolitan Police Service renewed its appeal for information.

The force last week offered a £20,000 reward for information leading to the identification, arrest and prosecution of Clara’s killer.

A Met spokesperson said police are currently assessing two phone calls received since the appeal, but that they still need more people to come forward.

Clara’s body was found by her youngest son Brian, then aged 42, in the lounge of her ground-floor flat.

She had a number of wounds to her face and massive slash injuries to her throat.

A post-mortem examination found she died from inhalation of blood and crush injuries to her face and neck.

The attack most likely took place between 4pm and 6pm the previous day.

The broken remnants of a beer bottle – believed to be the murder weapon – were found strewn around the lounge.

Drawers in the lounge and bedroom had been opened and searched but the only thing stolen – despite the fact she had £700 elsewhere in her flat – was Clara’s red purse containing a small amount of cash.

There was no sign of forced entry, however Clara had been in the habit of leaving her flat door open.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 020 7230 4294, via 101 or @MetCC or you Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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