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Wednesday, 19 December, 2001, 14:38 GMT
Line dancers may hold murder clues
Capel St Mary, Suffolk
Joan Albert's body was discovered by a neighbour
Detectives investigating the murder of an elderly Suffolk woman say a group of line dancers may hold clues about her death.

Joan Albert, 79, was found dead at her home in the village of Capel St Mary, Suffolk, on Sunday morning.

Police believe she was stabbed repeatedly after disturbing an intruder.

The incident happened in the early hours of Sunday morning and Mrs Albert was found by her neighbour after friends could not get in touch with her.

Incident room

The Jimenta Line Dancing Club met in the village hall at Capel St Mary on the Saturday evening and police believe members of the group may be able to help police.

Detective Superintendent Roy Lambert of Suffolk Police said: "It could be that they have seen or heard something after leaving the hall which could help the inquiry move forward."

A police incident room has now been set up in the village and has already received 70 calls from the public.

Meanwhile a team of more than 20 police officers is continuing house-to-house inquiries.

'Horrific attack'

Detectives are also liaising with North Wales Police to see if the murder has any links with the killing of an elderly woman in Anglesey last month.

Mabel Mary Leyshon died from multiple stab wounds after being attacked while sitting in a chair at her home at Lon Pat, Llanfairpwll. Nothing was stolen from her house.

Suffolk Police said there were signs that an intruder had broken into Mrs Albert's house via a rear window but there were no signs anything being taken.

Mr Lambert said: "It was an horrific attack on a defenceless old lady in her own home.

"The level of violence used can only be described as terrible".

Mrs Albert, a former hairdresser, had been found in her nightclothes.

Security camera

Her neighbours said that in recent months she had been troubled by youths knocking on her doors and causing a nuisance.

Friends said she had installed a security camera above her front door and reported the problem to police.

Mrs Albert was said to have been very security conscious - one neighbour described her house as being "like Fort Knox".

Detectives are checking to see whether the security camera has revealed any clues to her killer's identity.

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