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Police renew appeal for murder of Bromley woman - 30 years after it happened

PUBLISHED: 09:23 23 March 2018 | UPDATED: 09:23 23 March 2018

Debbie Linsley, from Bromley was murdered 30 years ago today. Photo: Met Police

Debbie Linsley, from Bromley was murdered 30 years ago today. Photo: Met Police

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The Met Police has renewed its appeal into the murder of a 26-year-old woman from Bromley that happened 30 years ago.

Debbie Linsley, from Bromley was murdered 30 years ago today. Photo: Met PoliceDebbie Linsley, from Bromley was murdered 30 years ago today. Photo: Met Police

Debbie Linsley from Bromley - but living and working in Edinburgh at the time of her murder - was stabbed to death on the 14.16pm train from Orpington to London Victoria on Wednesday, 23 March 1988.

Today (Friday, March 23) is exactly 30 years since she was murdered.

Police have said that detectives are still exploring ways to identify the suspect using DNA evidence.

She boarded the train at Petts Wood in south-east London and entered an old fashioned compartment with room for six people and doors at each side of the carriage.

The train arrived at platform 2 at Victoria railway station and at around 2.50pm, her body was discovered on the floor by British Rail staff.

Debbie, who was working as a hotel manager in Edinburgh, had been to visit her parents and brother Gordon in preparation for his wedding a few weeks later.

The murder weapon is believed to have been a knife measuring between five and seven and a half inches. It was not recovered.

Since the murder, over 1200 statements have been taken and more than 650 people have been eliminated as potential suspects, but unfortunately enquiries have not led police to a suspect and no one has been arrested as part of the investigation.

Debbie fought off her killer during the attack and detectives have a full DNA profile of the suspect because traces of blood belonging to someone other than Debbie were found at the scene.

The current investigation is being led by A/DI Susan Stansfield of the Met’s Special Casework Investigation Team - part of the Homicide and Major Crime Command which investigates unsolved, historical cases.

A/DI Stansfield said: “It has been 30 years since Debbie was tragically murdered, but our efforts to trace the perpetrator continue.

“We will do everything in our power to identify the killer and bring them to justice.

“We have a DNA profile of the suspect and this remains a key piece of evidence that we are following up on.

“As well as the physical evidence at our disposal, we would be keen to hear from anyone who has information that might assist the inquiry.

“Have you had an unusual, out-of-the-blue conversation with someone about the murder in the intervening years?

“Has someone confided in you with information only the killer would know?

“Although this happened 30 years ago, you may recall being on that train or at a station on the route and seeing something which at the time you thought nothing of but in light of what happened was out of place and suspicious, and might be significant.”

Debbie’s father Arthur Linsley said: “My daughter was murdered 30 years ago and despite the DNA profile of the suspect being available, the person responsible has still not been found.

“I appealed in 2013 for those who had suspicions about a partner, a friend or a relative to please come forward and I renew that appeal now on this anniversary of Debbie’s death.”

Anyone with information is asked to call 020 7230 4294 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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