Somercotes murder - Police appeal

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Businesses across Somercotes are being asked to display a poster appealing for information about the murder of Jia Ashton.

The posters show three artists impressions of two men seen in Sleetmoor Wood on Thursday, March 10, the day Mrs Ashton was killed.

Officers will today Thursday, March 24 visit businesses, shops and licensed premises asking staff if they recognise the men and if they want to display an appeal poster.

Detective Chief Superintendent Steve Cotterill said: “We’re asking residents whether they have seen these men in the Somercotes area before. Do these men frequent local shops or pubs? Have you seen them using services in the neighbourhood, such as banks or doctor’s surgeries? If you have, then please come forward and speak to police.”

The images are of a man in a beanie hat, khaki trousers, a khaki jacket and boots. He was carrying a satchel-type bag over his shoulder. Another image of this man shows that he was not clean-shaven.

The second man also wore khaki-coloured trousers, boots, and a red hooded top with the hood pulled up. Witnesses said they saw this man smoking.

Detectives say the men may have had a legitimate reason for being in the woods on the day 25-year-old Mrs Ashton died, but that they are yet to come forward.

The images were released yesterday and a number of people have come forward to say that they saw men matching these descriptions in Somercotes on March 10.

Detective Chief Supt Cotterill added: “I’m pleased with the response from the community so far and I hope that by spreading these posters throughout the area, more people may come forward.”

Anyone with information should call police on 0345 123 3333.