CCTV efforts to find killer of Blackpool pensioner

CCTV stills issued by Hampshire Police of a man that police want to speak to in connection with the killing of 85-year-old Delia Hughes.
CCTV stills issued by Hampshire Police of a man that police want to speak to in connection with the killing of 85-year-old Delia Hughes.
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MURDER squad detectives have arrested a man in connection with the death of a Blackpool pensioner.

It comes as images of a man officers want to speak to in connection with the killing of 85-year-old Delia Hughes were projected onto buildings in Southampton in an effort to solve the case.

Delia Hughes

Delia Hughes

Mrs Hughes, originally from Blackpool, was living in Southampton when she was found dead by relatives at her ground floor flat on August 18

Up to 60 officers are working to find the killer who bludgeoned Mrs Hughes to death with a blunt instrument.

CCTV footage of a hooded man aged between 20 and 30, seen in the area of Mrs Hughes’s flat at the time she could have been killed, was circulated before a 24-year-old, from the Bitterne area of Southampton, was arrested on suspicion of murder yesterday morning.

A Hampshire Police spokesman said: “The man remains in police custody at this time and is being interviewed by detectives from the Hampshire Major Investigation Team.”

Officers had launched a major publicity campaign to coincide with the four-week anniversary of the murder.

Bluetooth messaging was also used to circulate details of the man in the hope someone seeing the messages could identify him.

Cinemas were also screening the man’s description and images to audiences.

Det Supt Tony Harris, who is leading the investigation, said: “Despite saturating the area with a description and images of this man through the local media, social media, the distribution of appeal leaflets and by displaying posters, it became clear from house-to-house inquiries not everyone is aware of our interest in this man.

“We therefore had to look at alternative communication channels to bring this to the attention of as many members of the public that we can.

“By sending out Bluetooth messages and projecting images on to buildings, we hoped to achieve this.”

Mrs Hughes had lived in Southampton for the past 17 years.

Before she retired, she worked as a supervisor for Littlewoods.