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West Yorkshire Police to reinvestigate murder

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The murder of a young mum – who was found dead in an alleyway 15 years ago – is one of a number of “cold cases” being reviewed by West Yorkshire Police.

Rebecca Hall, aged 19, had gone missing from her Bradford home in April 2001.

A fortnight later, Becky’s naked body was discovered in a cut-through in the city. She had been subjected to a brutal assault and had died as a result of severe head injuries.

Becky was a sex worker and police believe that she was on the way to her “beat” when she was snatched off the street and attacked.

Although a massive public appeal at the time failed to trace the murderer, detectives hope that advances in forensic technology in the years since may offer fresh hope of finding the teenager’s killer.

Detective Superintendent Mark Ridley, who is leading the investigation, said: “We remain determined to identify and bring to justice those who were responsible for Becky’s death.

“We still believe that someone in the community is likely to know who was responsible for her death, and I would urge that person to come forward and contact the police.

“There is a chance that allegiances might have changed in the years which have passed, and that the person who holds the vital information could now be in a position to speak to us and tell us everything they know.”

Other unsolved crimes to be re-examined by the force’s cold case unit include the killing of Renee McGowan who was found strangled in a tower block in 1975.

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