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Friday, 11 January, 2002, 16:26 GMT
Clue in hunt for prostitute's killer
Michaela Hague
Michaela Hague was stabbed to death in Sheffield
Detectives in Sheffield say an anonymous telephone caller could hold vital information in the case of murdered prostitute Michaela Hauge.

The 25-year-old was found dying at Spital Fields in the city on 5 November 2001 after being stabbed in the neck and back at least nine times.

Ms Hague gave a description of a man as she lay in the arms of a police officer.

Detective Superintendent Paul Broadbent said a man who contacted the police last Saturday gave details which could move the investigations forward.

I hope that with this man's assistance we will find the killer of Michaela Hague

Detective Superintendent Paul Broadbent
He has appealed to the man to call the police again.

Mr Broadbent said: "Obviously, I don't wish to disclose the information until we've carried out proper research, but I'm extremely interested in what he did say.

"I have done some work on it and hope it will lead to a successful conclusion.

"I hope that with this man's assistance we will find the killer of Michaela Hague."

'Bad way'

A photo fit of Ms Hague's killer was created using her description and released by detectives in November.

PC Richard Twigg radioed details of the man back to base as he cradled the woman.

He later wrote the description down on his hand as Ms Hague was taken to the Northern General Hospital where she died that night.

Ms Hague, who lived with her partner and five-year-old son in the Pitsmoor area of Sheffield, was stabbed after going with a man to a secluded spot near the city centre.

She had been picked up on Bower Street.

Another prostitute found her in a pool of blood and called the police.

PC Twigg was one of the first officers on the scene. He wrapped his jacket around Ms Hague to keep her warm.

He said at the time: "I could see she was in a bad way, but she was able to give me a very brief description of the man and his car."

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