Police open 60-year-old murder file

POLICE have re-opened the files on the unsolved murder of a Newstead woman 60 years ago after a call from a member of the public.

Detectives revealed at the weekend they will look again at the 1951 killing of Florence Weatherall following contact from the caller, who has not been named.

The 23-year-old’s body was found in a ditch near Bestwood Village three weeks after she went missing after leaving her home near Newstead Abbey on February 2 1951. The mother of twin girls had been strangled.

At the time the Dispatch reported the killer remained at large despite an ‘exhaustive’ investigation involving Scotland Yard detectives and dozens of county police officers.

Mrs Weatherall, described in original newspaper reports as ‘small, attractive and vivacious’, was married to Edward, a vaccum cleaner salesman.

Her mother, who was at the couple’s home to babysit the children, had watched her leave the bungalow close to the abbey gates and walk towards Mansfield Road to catch a bus to the town.

Her husband later reported her missing and her body was found in the ditch beside Moor Road, between Papplewick and Bestwood Village.

A miner heading to a spring to fetch water made the discovery and alerted police.

Said a Nottinghamshire Police spokesman on the latest development: “We can confirm that we have been contacted by a member of the public in the last few days in relation to the murder of Florence Weatherall.

“We have not been given any new information or evidence. However we will be looking again at the file of this historic unsolved murder.”

Mrs Weatherall was one of seven daughters and originally from Mansfield.

She had sold ice cream from a van in the town for her father’s business and had also worked as a nurse shortly before marrying.