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Help us trap killer of tragic Rebecca

Published in The Telegraph & Argus
14th May 2001


Yorkshire
The Telegraph & Argus today takes a leading role in the hunt to catch the killer of teenage prostitute Rebecca Hall. The T&A has teamed up with detectives investigating the murder to launch a poster campaign appealing for information on the brutal killing.

The 250 posters will be put up in police stations, shop windows, bus shelters and community halls across Bradford in the hope they will jog memories of witnesses who could hold vital information. The posters also a feature a new photograph of the 19-year-old mother whose battered body was found in an alleyway behind a company car park in Thornton Street, Bradford, on April 26.

Detective Chief Superintendent Max McLean, pictured, of Bradford South CID, said: "We've had a disappointing response to our appeal so far. Rebecca's mum Angela has recommended that we use the picture you see on the posters because she considers it a very good likeness. We hope that the Telegraph & Argus poster campaign together with the new pictures just obtained by police will help jog people's memories. I'd like people to remember that Becky was a 19-year-old woman with a four-month-old baby.
 
"She was found naked and her clothes were found nearby. They were the same clothes she was last seen in on April 13 before she disappeared. "Where has she been since that date? We are still uncertain as to where she has been since that Good Friday. The question is was she held somewhere or do you know of someone for whom you have suspicions.

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'Cracker' results to aid Becky police

Published in The Telegraph & Argus
11th May 2001

Yorkshire
Detectives were today awaiting the findings of a 'Cracker'-style specialist, hoping he could help them to snare the brutal killer of Rebecca Hall. The criminal profiler - called in to draw up characteristics and other vital information on the culprit - has begun working on the case of the teenage prostitute, whose naked and battered body was found in a Bradford alleyway.

Detective Chief Superintendent Max McLean, the officer leading the hunt, said he was currently keeping an open mind on the killer's background, saying it could be a man or woman. He said the key to the case was Miss Hall's whereabouts in the days she went missing before her death.

The young mum, known as Becky, left her house on April 13, probably heading to the Thornton Road area where she worked. Thirteen days later, her naked and badly-beaten body was discovered in an alleyway running behind a company car park in nearby Thornton Street.

Det Chief Supt McLean said: "Scientific evidence suggests that she had not been dead for more than four days." He said Miss Hall may have been held against her will before being murdered and her body dumped at the spot.

But he said she may have already been at the scene when she was killed and her body gone unseen until the April 26. During the time she was missing, she made no contact with her baby son, family or friends. The clothes she had been wearing almost two weeks earlier were found close to the body.

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Prostitutes urged to stay off streets

Published in The Telegraph & Argus
1st May 2001


Yorkshire
 Bradford prostitutes have been warned to keep off the streets or be more security conscious following the brutal murder of a teenage 'working girl'. Police have stepped up patrols in areas used by prostitutes after Rebecca Hall's naked and battered body was dumped in an alleyway yards from where she worked. And as detectives interviewed other prostitutes in a bid to trace the killer, they stressed clients were not the sole suspects.

Investigators believe Miss Hall - known as Becky to friends - was probably abducted and held captive for a number of days before dying from head wounds sustained during a savage and sustained beating. The 19-year-old had not been seen since she left her Little Horton flat on Good Friday. Her body was found behind a car park in Thornton Street last Thursday.

Detective Chief Superinten-dent Max McLean said: "We are strongly considering the theory she was held captive because she did not have any contact with her baby boy in that time." The infant - four-month-old Jordan - is being looked after by his grandparents.

Det Chief Supt McLean said a large number of officers were dedicated to catching the killer and a special incident room and hotline have been set up. Police patrols have been stepped up and we would urge prostitutes to be very cautious following this incident," he said. "Prostitution places them in extremely dangerous situations and we would advise them not to go on to the street at all. But if they feel they have to, they should take precautions such as having a contact who knows where they are at all times."

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