Charity doubles reward and renews appeal to help solve murder of Wellingborough man Shane Fox
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The charity Crimestoppers has increased its reward to £20,000 for anonymous information on the murder of Northamptonshire man Shane Fox, as a fresh appeal for information is launched.
The 26-year-old was assaulted on Saturday 1 December 2018. He died from a stab wound to the chest after an incident just after 2am on the Hemmingwell housing estate where he lived in Nest Farm Crescent, Wellingborough.
On the night Shane was killed, he returned to Nest Farm Crescent from the direction of Nest Farm Road across a grassed area and footpath leading to flats. He was attacked near the car park as he made his way back to his flat.
The suspect was described at the time as a black male in his 20s, wearing a dark-coloured puffa-style jacket with horizontal stitching.
***A reward of up to £20,000 is available to anyone providing information directly to the charity Crimestoppers which leads to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for this murder***
The person in the CCTV footage below who was walking past The Well Café just before 2am on 1 December 2018 may be able to assist with the investigation. Police would also like to speak to them.
Lydia Patsalides, East Midlands Regional Manager for the charity Crimestoppers, said: “Our charity, which is independent of the police, is reaching out to anyone who has stayed silent but wants to do the right thing. We hope that by appealing for anonymous information and doubling the reward, Shane’s family and friends may finally have the answers and justice they deserve as their loved one has been cruelly taken away.
“CCTV has shown that people were at the location at the time of the attack and we are urging anyone with information to come forward anonymously. Crimestoppers is here to give people the courage to speak up. Since we began in the late 1980s, we have never revealed the identity of someone who has contacted us. Protecting your identity is key to everything we do so we neither ask for or could even store any of your personal details such as your name or contact details.
“If you know who may have been involved in this murder and want to remain anonymous, contact our charity. You could be eligible for a reward of up to £20,000. Everyone who contacts Crimestoppers stays 100% anonymous. Always. We’ve kept this promise for over 30 years.
“When you call our charity’s Contact Centre on freephone 0800 555 111 or use our anonymous online form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org, no-one will know. It could be your information that makes all the difference.”
Detective Chief Inspector Adam Pendlebury from Northamptonshire Police’s Major Crime Team, said: “This is still very much a live investigation and we remain as determined as ever to find out who killed Shane and to get some much-needed answers for his family. Shane was killed just three weeks before Christmas in 2018 and I am certain that there are people out there who have the information we need to further this investigation and find the person responsible.
“If you have information that you have not yet passed onto us, please think of Shane’s family who are still, every day, very much living with this loss at the forefront of their minds. Shane was a much-loved man, son, brother and uncle and I am determined to see justice done for him. The Hemmingwell is a close-knit community and I believe someone somewhere knows who murdered him.
“I am appealing to them or anyone with any information about the circumstances leading to Shane’s death or the person involved, to come forward and speak anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers or to the police. I am also appealing for anyone who recognises the person in the CCTV image who was walking past The Well Café at 1.56am to get in touch with us as we believe they may have vital information in relation to this case.”
Please note: Computer IP addresses are never traced, and no-one will ever know you contacted Crimestoppers. For telephone calls, there is no caller line display, no 1471 facility and calls have never been traced. The charity is completely independent of the police and guarantees your personal identity will always been protected.
***Information passed directly to police will not qualify for a reward. Only information given exclusively to the charity Crimestoppers’ via the 0800 555 111 number or the simple and secure anonymous online form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org will qualify.***