Murder hunt: new TV link

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AN arson attack close to the home of murder victim Lea Brooke has been linked to the case by a Crimewatch viewer.

An anonymous caller to the BBC programme told detectives two men who started a fire outside a house in Sandal could also be linked to the killing of the 81-year-old grandmother.

Mrs Brooke was murderedwhen her Sandal Grange Farm home was torched on November 10, 2008.

CCTV footage of a similar attack in August of the same year was aired on Monday night to unlock vital clues which could finally bring the killers of Mrs Brooke to justice.

It was recorded outside a home on Milnthorpe Green, Sandal – close to Mrs Brooke’s home.

Det Supt Dave Pervin, senior investigating officer, said: “The nature of this crime would suggest a deliberate targeting of the owner’s property.

“We would very much like to speak to these two men or hear from anyone who may know who they are in order to eliminate them from our inquiries.

“I would also appeal to the anonymous caller to contact us as we are very interested in what he has to say.”

The August incident was initially investigated after Mrs Brooke’s death, but no concrete evidence of a link was found.

Despite extensive inquiries and appeals Mrs Brooke’s killer has never been caught.

Det Supt Pervin said: “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.”

Anyone with any information should contact West Yorkshire Police’s incident room on 0845 6060606 or text ‘Sandal fire’ to 07786 200805 followed by a message. Alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

l To see the Crimewatch footage log onto www.wakefield