BBC NEWS Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific Arabic Spanish Russian Chinese Welsh

 You are in: UK: Wales
Front Page 
Northern Ireland 
UK Politics 
Talking Point 
In Depth 

Commonwealth Games 2002

BBC Sport

BBC Weather

Monday, 10 December, 2001, 10:02 GMT
Anglesey murder: Man comes forward
House of Anglesey murder victim Mabel Leyshon
The man was seen outside Mrs Leyshon's bungalow
Detectives investigating the murder of a 90-year-old woman on Anglesey say they have identified a man seen outside her home on the weekend she was killed.

North Wales Police said a man had come forward following appeals in the media to say he was outside Mabel Leyshon's bungalow in Llanfairpwll on the afternoon of the day she died.

The widow died in a frenzied attack which police have described as "callous and brutal" two weekends ago.

Mabel Leyshon
Mabel Leyshon : Victim of a 'frenzied attack'

However, following publicity a man carrying a rucksack seen outside her home on the afternoon of 24 November has come forward, police said.

The man, who was apparently waiting for a lift to work, has now been eliminated from police enquiries.

Mrs Leyshon was last heard from on the Saturday afternoon two weeks ago when she spoke to a friend in Birkenhead, Merseyside on the phone.

Detectives believe whoever carried out the attack would have been heavily bloodstained.

They have also been studying CCTV footage from the area.

Sixty officers are involved in the hunt for her attacker and the case will be featured on the BBC Crimewatch programme later this month.

Detectives are considering taking DNA samples from villagers in Llanfairpwll.

Their decision will depend on the results of forensic tests at the bungalow.

They have appealed again for information about a light-coloured - possibly blue - van that was seen parked in the driveway of Mrs Leyshon's home before she was murdered.

Burglary has been been ruled out as a motive.

Police patrols at Llanfairpwll on Anglesey
Police are investigating new leads
Meanwhile, North Wales Police have not yet ruled out a link between the deaths of Mabel Leyshon and David Glyn Griffiths, 37, whose body was found under the Britannia Bridge, on Anglesey last Tuesday.

The discovery was made only half a mile from where Mrs Leyshon was killed.

A post mortem examination revealed he died from smoke inhalation and multiple injuries.

Officers have said there is nothing to link him with her death but they are looking to eliminate him from the inquiry.

Anyone with information should contact North Wales Police on 01286 684868.

BBC Wales's Dominic Kane reports
"Mabel Leyshon's body was found at her home in Llanfairpwll two weeks ago"
See also:

07 Dec 01 | Wales
Murder police reveal new leads
29 Nov 01 | Wales
CCTV studied in OAP murder hunt
22 Nov 01 | Wales
Hunt for pensioner's murderer
Internet links:

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites

Links to more Wales stories are at the foot of the page.

E-mail this story to a friend

Links to more Wales stories