Police re-arrest suspect in alleged Vicky Hall murder -24 years on
By Nub News guest writer
7th Dec 2023 | Local News
Police investigating the unsolved murder of a teenage girl from Trimley St Mary - which happened more than 24 years ago – have re-arrested a suspect in connection with the inquiry.
Victoria Hall, aged 17, was last seen alive in the early hours of Sunday 19 September 1999, in High Road, Trimley St Mary.
Victoria left home on the evening of Saturday 18 September 1999 to go for a night out with a friend at the Bandbox nightclub in Bent Hill, Felixstowe, where they remained until around 1am on the morning of Sunday 19 September.
They then went to get some food at the Bodrum Grill in Undercliff Road West, before beginning the walk back to Trimley St Mary. They parted at around 2.20am near to the junction of High Road and Faulkeners Way. Victoria was just yards away from her home.
When Victoria's parents woke-up that morning and discovered that she had not returned home, the police were called and a missing person inquiry commenced.
Five days later, on Friday 24 September, Victoria's naked body was found in a ditch beside a field by a dog walker in Creeting Lane, Creeting St Peter, approximately 25 miles away from where she was last seen.
In September 2019, Suffolk Police revealed that the case – known as Operation Avon - was now a live inquiry again and being fully reinvestigated by a new team of detectives, after fresh information had been received that was not previously known.
On 28 July 2021, police arrested a man on suspicion of murder in connection with the investigation and he was subsequently released under investigation after being questioned by detectives. This individual was not someone who had previously been arrested as part of this inquiry.
Yesterday, Wednesday 6 December, the same man was re-arrested on suspicion of murder and taken into police custody for questioning, before being released under investigation pending further enquiries.
Anyone with information about Victoria's death is asked to contact the Major Investigation Team, via either the online portal or by telephone, as detailed below:
- Major Incident Public Reporting Portal – https://mipp.police.uk/operation/3637020112A02-PO2
- Phone – call the incident room direct on 01473 613513
Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers 100% anonymously on 0800 555 111, or via their online form: www.crimestoppers-uk.org