Man arrested 11 years after pensioner found dead at her bungalow

Una Crown was found dead at her home in January 2013
Una Crown was found dead at her home in January 2013 - Cambridgeshire Police/PA

A man has been arrested on suspicion of the murder of an 86-year-old widow 11 years ago.

Una Crown, a retired postmistress, was found dead in her bungalow in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, on Jan 13 2013. Her throat had been cut and her body set on fire.

Cambridgeshire police said the 69-year-old man, also from Wisbech, remained in custody at Thorpe Wood Police Station, Peterborough.

In 2015, an inquest into Crown’s death heard Cambridgeshire Police had missed “clear signs” of her murder during an initial investigation, in which officers believed she had died in an accident.

Police were called to Mrs Crown’s bungalow in Magazine Lane, Wisbech, after her niece’s husband found her in the hallway in a pool of blood, surrounded by burnt newspapers.

Officers initially thought she had set herself alight, but a post-mortem examination showed that she had died as a result of stab wounds to her neck and chest.

The widow had been seen alive two days before, and had spoken to a friend on the phone the evening before her body was discovered.

Una Crown, pictured with her husband
Una Crown, pictured with her husband - Cambridgeshire Police/PA

On the 10th anniversary of her death, Judy Payne, her niece, accused police of making “big mistakes” in the investigation.

At the time, she had said: “We had no idea how she could have done that herself and the fact that she was lying face down in the hall, one slipper was off – there was no way on this Earth that could have been an accidental death for auntie.”

In June 2014, police arrested a 40-year-old man and a 36-year-old man on suspicion of the murder, but they were later released. In November that year, a 44-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder, but was also released without charge.

In March last year, Crimestoppers offered a £20,000 reward for information leading to the capture of Mrs Crown’s killer.

At the time, Detective Chief Inspector Iain Moor, from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire majorcrime unit, said: “We still believe the answer to solving this case lies within the local community. I am urging anyone who has information but not yet come forward, to do the right thing and get in touch – someone out there knows what happened to Mrs Crown.”