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A mother's appeal to find her daughter's killer

A mother's appeal to find her daughter's killer

1:24pm 26th March 2010
(Updated 5:41am 31st March 2010)

'Someone you know may have Diana's blood on their clothes'

The emotional appeal for information from the Mum of a post office mistress killed in Richmondshire this week.

Diana Garbutt lived in Melsonby with her husband Robin. On Tuesday her husband Robin was working in the store, when a masked man appeared from the living area. The intruder threatened him saying 'we've got your wife'. He then made off with a substantial amount of cash.

Robin then found his wife in the living area, and paramedics pronounced her dead at the scene. She died from head injuries.

Diana's Mum's appeal

Agnes Gaylor made the following apeal this morning supported by her partner Michael Hodgson.

"I'm here today to appeal to anyone watching, reading or listening, if you have any information which may help the police catch the person who brutally murdered my wonderful daughter Diana, to please come forward with that information.

"Someone knows the person who did this. Someone you know may have Diana's blood on their clothes, may be behaving oddly or spending more money than usual."
Mrs Gaylor appealed anyone with information to contact police  She added: "Catching them won't bring my daughter back but, if you know anything which can catch or could catch and stop the killer from hurting anyone else, please speak out now and contact the police."

Investigation so far

Underwater search teams have been looking in a beck or evidence of a discarded weapon or clothing. Bin collections have been suspended in the village.

Other searches have been taking place in the area, motorists have been stopped by police and a car has been removed from the scene.

Police Officers investigating the robbery and murder have praised the public's response to appeals for information.

There have been over 90 calls to the incident room so far, from members of the public offering information.

Detective Superintendent Lewis Raw said: "We are extremely pleased with the response to our appeals but still seek further information from the public.

"We would like to trace the owner or driver of a white Transit or box van which was seen parked near the Post office during 4am and 9am on 23 March. The vehicle was seen by a number of people and we would like to eliminate it from the enquiry.  If you believe you are the driver or owner of that van, please get in touch.

"We also wish to trace the driver of any vehicles who may have passed through the village between these times and urge them to contact us even if they believe they have no information to offer.

Description of the offender

The robber has been described as 5ft 11in to 6ft (1.8m) tall. He was wearing a black balaclava, a dark blue, long-sleeved T-shirt and dark blue or black jeans.

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