Police rebuke speculation over murder investigation

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POLICE have rebuked speculation in a national newspaper around the Jia Ashton murder investigation.

The article states that police fear Mrs Ashton may have been killed by a fellow worker at Thorntons but Detective Chief Superintendent Steve Cotterill wants to reassure factory staff that the force has not made that statement.

He said: “Articles such as this are disappointing and unhelpful to the investigation.

“Staff at Thorntons have been very co-operative and supportive throughout the investigation and I would like to thank them for that.

“Naturally, we have been making inquiries at the factory because it is where Mrs Ashton worked and it’s where she had many friends. Employees at every level of the company have been keen to help us with our investigation.”