28 unsolved murders: Anger as South Yorkshire Police axe cold case review team

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South Yorkshire Police has 28 unsolved murders on its books dating back to 1962, The Star can reveal.

The list of unsolved killings was revealed under The Star’s Your Right To Know campaign.

It comes the day after the force announced the closure of its ‘cold case review’ team, set up to crack unsolved serious offences, including murders and rapes, because of funding cuts.

Margaret Shields, aged 73, of Pitsmoor, whose 19-year-old daughter Dawn was murdered while working as a prostitute in Sheffield in 1994, said: “I have lost a daughter and it feels like they are closing the book. Will they ever find who killed her?

“I have to live with the image of my naked daughter with twigs in her hair after identifying her body. All I want is justice for her. Will we ever get it now that this unit has closed?”

Police stress each unsolved case has been assigned to an officer and reviews will be regularly carried out.