Murder police chase up new lines of enquiry

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A POLICE plea for information to help them solve the murder of a Sheffield mum generated a ‘significant’ number of calls, detectives have revealed.

The team investigating the death of 25-year-old Michaela Hague, who was working as a prostitute when she was killed on Bonfire Night 2001, said the callers have generated a number of new lines of enquiry to follow up.

South Yorkshire Police used the 10th anniversary of the sex worker’s death to repeat their appeal for help in tracing her killer.

The mum-of-one was stabbed 19 times in her back and neck and found slumped on a remote car park off Spitalfields near Sheffield city centre after being picked up by a punter on Bower Street, where she was plying her trade.

A policeman alerted to the knife attack after another prostitute found Michaela, spoke to her and managed to get a brief description of her attacker before she died.

Michaela told the officer he was clean shaven and wearing a wedding ring.

Her death promoted a huge manhunt and has featured on the BBC Crimewatch programme but her killer has never been found.

Dave Powell, who is working on the investigation, said: “We’ve had a significant number of calls into the incident room and to the force since publicity surrounding the 10-year anniversary of Michaela’s murder.

“Some of these have provided good lines of enquiry for the investigation team to follow up.

“It’s been an overwhelming response and we’re grateful to anyone who has picked up the phone and contacted us.

“However, if there’s anyone else out there with information, who was in the Spitalfields area of Sheffield on Bonfire Night 2001 or even in the days leading up to it, we’d urge them to contact us.”

Last week Michaela’s partner, Mick Holmes, met for the first time the police officer who cradled Michaela in his arms and spoke to her after the attack.

In an emotional meeting Mr Holmes - father of Michaela’s son - spoke to PC Richard Twigg about the murder and the notes the officer scribbled on his hand at the crime scene and on the way to the Northern General Hospital, where Michaela died three hours later.

n The murder investigation team can be contacted on 0114 296 3713. Crimestoppers can also be contacted on 0800 555111.