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Fresh plea for help to catch killer of West Norfolk hairdresser after 25 years

Detectives have made a fresh appeal for help to solve the murder of a West Norfolk hairdresser 25 years ago.

The body of Russell Marsom, who was 29, was found in a water-filled ditch off the A10 at Milton, near Cambridge, on March 31, 1996.

And officers say they are particularly keen to speak to members of the LGBTQ+ community who may have felt unable to come forward at the time.

Russell Marsom's body was found in a ditch near Cambridge 25 years ago.
Russell Marsom's body was found in a ditch near Cambridge 25 years ago.

Mick Flavin, of the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit, said: “Your information, no matter how small or insignificant you may think it, could help build a bigger picture and bring Russell’s killer(s) to justice.”

Russell, who lived in Heacham as an openly gay man, was known to travel to Cambridge regularly for the LGBTQ+ nightlife there.

Officers say they would like to speak to anyone who was in the Jesus Green area of Cambridge or nearby areas of the city, including the Dot Cotton Club, between 10pm on Saturday, March 30, 1996, and 10am the next morning.

They are also keen to hear from anyone who travelled along the A10 at Milton, in either direction, between 9.45pm on the Saturday and 1am on the Sunday, and who may have seen a vehicle and pedestrian in the area.

Mr Flavin said the case will not be closed until and unless Russell's killers are brought to justice.

Cambridgeshire Police was criticised by Russell's mother, June, in 2010 after it claimed to have no unsolved murders in a media statement.

However, the force said the information provided did not include cases from before 2004.

Mr Flavin said: “We appreciate this tragic event happened 25 years ago, but we believe there are people out there who knew Russell and may be able to shed some light on what happened to him.

"These people may not have felt comfortable speaking to police at the time, but might feel differently now.

“Our investigation can’t bring Russell back, but justice has been a long time coming for Russell and his family and I would urge anyone with information to please come forward and share it with us.”

Anyone with information should contact the investigation team via a dedicated public portal at https://mipp.police.uk/operation/35SA020112M32-PO1.

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