Blackpool Murder Featured On BBC Crimewatch As Reward Offered

independent charity Crimestoppers have announced a £20,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of Valerie Kneale’s murder. As well as the announcement, BBC Crimewatch today (Tuesday 7th March) featured a reconstruction of the circumstances around Valerie’s death on BBC One.

You can see the reconstruction here:

Valerie, 75, from Blackpool, died on the stroke unit at Blackpool Victoria Hospital on November 16, 2018.

A post-mortem examination found she had sadly died from a haemorrhage caused by a non-medical related internal injury. Following this a murder investigation was launched.

Despite a lengthy inquiry, including interviewing staff and conducting forensic testing, officers have yet to identify her killer and are urging people to come forward with information.

Det Ch Insp Jill Johnston, of Lancashire Police, confirmed the independent charity’s reward offer during an appearance on BBC Crimewatch today. The programme featured a reconstruction of the circumstances which led to Valerie’s death, as well as interviews with DCI Johnston and Valerie’s niece.

Det Ch Insp Johnston said: “We remain fully committed to finding Valerie’s killer. We know someone will have information key to our investigation. We know someone can help us find the person responsible.

“We believe the reward offer from the independent charity Crimestoppers will help provide that key piece of information to help unlock the case.

“For four years Valerie’s family have been left devastated by her death – they want and deserve justice.”

If you provide information which leads to the conviction of an individual, you could receive a reward of £20,000.

Please call independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, which is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week or use a secure, anonymous online form at

CrimeStoppers cannot trace your call or track your IP address and never ask for or record any personal information.

Alternatively you can contact the police incident room number on (01253) 604406 or email quoting log 0244 of March 2.

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