Two men arrested in connection with the murder of a man killed nearly 15-years-ago have been released as of yesterday evening (Monday).
Clifford Clarke was found dead in his flat, off High Street, Uppingham on Sunday, September 10 2000. He had been stabbed several times to his chest and neck. No-one has ever been charged with his murder.
Numerous people have been arrested in connection with his death over the years, but all were released with no further action.
Detectives made a renewed appeal last week for information and two men were arrested on suspicion of Clifford’s murder.
A 30-year-old man has been released on bail, a 32-year-old man has been released with no further action.
Detective Sergeant Kev Burdett, who is working on the case said: “This murder took place nearly 15 years ago. Clifford was well known around the town, often visiting the green near his home. To locals he was known as Shaky, due to his shaky appearance caused by an illness.
“Since then time has moved on, people have grown up and allegiances between friends will have broken down.
“I believe those who were living in Uppingham at the time of the offence hold the key to us finding who is responsible for Mr Clarke’s death.
“You may not have felt able to speak out about it at the time - maybe you were protecting someone, or didn’t think it was appropriate to contact us about someone you knew or were close to.
“Time has moved on and friendships have changed, you could have pushed it to the back of your mind, thought it no longer mattered. It does, we need to know what you know.
“Contact us so we can bring those responsible to justice.”
Shortly after Mr Clarke’s death detectives revealed they had found three pieces of evidence which they believed were significant to the inquiry.
They were a small vegetable knife with ‘Made in Japan’ on the blade and some keys on a chain. Both were found in a drain about a quarter of a mile from Mr Clarke’s home.
A shoe print was also found in the blood in his flat.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101. Crimestoppers can be contacted on 0800 555 111.
If you have information in response to this appeal please contact us on 101. You can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. Your personal details won’t be taken, information isn’t traced or recorded and you will not be required to go to court.