Suspect quizzed after TV appeal

L�a Florentina Brooke died on Monday 10th November aged 81
L�a Florentina Brooke died on Monday 10th November aged 81

DETECTIVES investigating the murder of Lea Brooke arrested a man following a TV appeal.

The 29-year-old man, from the Wakefield area, was questioned on suspicion of starting a fire outside a home on Milnthorpe Green, Sandal, in August 2008 – close to Mrs Brooke’s home on Walton Lane.

The arrest was made after a fresh appeal for information about the killing of grandmother Mrs Brooke in November 2008 appeared on BBC’s Crimewatch last week.

CCTV footage showed two men pouring accelerant onto a plastic cone outside the house on Milnthorpe Green. The men were then seen driving off.

Detectives have said they are not linking this arson attack or the suspect with the fatal fire which killed 81-year-old Mrs Brooke.

She was murdered after white spirit was poured through the letter box and her Sandal Grange Farm home was torched during the early hours of November 10, 2008.

Despite many high profile appeals for information her killer has still not been brought to justice.

Det Supt Dave Pervin, who is leading the investigation, said: “I would still like from anyone who has information about the fire in which Mrs Brooke died

“Mrs Brooke’s family are still dealing with the devastation caused by her death and there is the added suffering while her killer is still at large.”

The 29-year-old man has been released on bail pending further investigations.

Anyone with information should contact West Yorkshire Police on 0845 6060606.

Alternatively send a text to 07786 200805 followed by “Sandal Fire” and your message. Or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.