Plea to re-open murder probe

A CAMPAIGNING real-crime author is calling for police to open a cold case review into the unsolved murder of a Chesterfield teenager in an attempt to finally find her killer.

Scott Lomax believes that the person responsible for the murder of 15-year-old Mavis Hudson in December 1966 could now be identified thanks to the availability of more advanced forensic techniques.

Mavis' body was found semi-naked in a derelict brewery outbuilding on Spa Lane and died as a result of asphyxiation, though there was no evidence of sexual assault.

Police identified a number of suspects during their original investigation but nobody was ever charged.

Now Scott (27), from Brimington Common, is urging Derbyshire police to review the case – one of the crimes featured in his new book 'Unsolved Murders in and Around Derbyshire.'

He said: "Although more than four decades have passed since Mavis' life was tragically ended, there is still every possibility that this killer can be identified and, if alive, brought to justice.

"Modern forensic techniques have yet to be applied in the examination of the clothing Mavis was wearing when she was killed and criminal history has proven that even the slightest trace of DNA can be found, even after so many years."

Scott, who was a leading campaigner to free Barry George – the man wrongly jailed for the murder of Jill Dando – said that police did have one key suspect who is now deceased.

Justice

He added: "I have spoken to people who knew Mavis and I am aware that they and Mavis' family want this case re-opened.

"They want justice and they deserve it."

A spokeswoman for Derbyshire police said that there had been a previous review of the Mavis Hudson case and there were no plans for another.

Scott was due to meet with detectives at Chesterfield police station yesterday to discuss the matter.