In­ter­na­tional DNA test­ing to help track the sadis­tic killer of quiet store worker

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Front Page -

PO­LICE have launched an in­ter­na­tional DNA hunt in a bid to track down the bru­tal killers of quiet shop worker Alan Wood who was tor­tured for up to three days.

The re­ward for in­for­ma­tion lead­ing to the ar­rest of the killers of the 50-year-old at his home in Main Street, Lound, near Bourne, in Oc­to­ber 2009 has been in­creased to £60,000.

A WORLD-WIDE mass DNA screen­ing will be con­ducted in a bid to try and find Alan Wood’s killer.

Po­lice have been able to build up a DNA pro­file of the sus­pect af­ter they suf­fered an in­jury, pos­si­bly a hand wound, and left blood be­hind at the scene.

The pro­file has al­ready been run through the UK na­tional DNA data­base but no matches have been found.

It has also been sent across the world to coun­tries which have na­tional data­bases and no match has been found so far.

The force is also launch­ing an in­tel­li­gence-led mass screen­ing which will in­volve thou­sands of men across Bri­tain and other coun­tries be­ing swabbed.

As well as DNA test­ing the po­lice have con­ducted a num­ber of press ap­peals, leaflet drops in the lo­cal com­mu­nity and mo­bile phone ap­peals through Blue­tooth technology.

Lo­cal neigh­bour­hood polic­ing teams have been run­ning road­shows in Stam­ford, Bourne, Spald­ing, Bos­ton, Peter­bor­ough and Northamp­ton and show­ing CCTV footage of the sus­pect mak­ing seven at­tempts to use Mr Wood’s bank cards at cash points in Stam­ford and Bourne be­tween Oc­to­ber 22 and 2 .

They have also trans­lated leaflets into Pol­ish, Lithua­nian, Rus­sian and Por­tuguese to try to get in­for­ma­tion from the mi­grant com­mu­ni­ties.

Det Supt Stu­art Mor­ri­son said: “Al­though Alan Wood’s fam­ily are clear as to our com­mit­ment and de­ter­mi­na­tion in catch­ing the killer, the wider pub­lic may not be.

“Giv­ing the press and there­fore the pub­lic a de­tailed in­sight into this in­ves­ti­ga­tion is a way for us to stress the huge amount of work that is on­go­ing. I am con­vinced some­one knows the iden­tity of the peo­ple who have done this. Ev­ery piece of in­for­ma­tion is im­por­tant.”

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