Man bailed over Elsie Frost murder

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Detectives this evening have bailed a pensioner over the death of Elsie Frost.

The 78-year-old, named in reports as Peter Pickering, has been interviewed by detectives from West Yorkshire Police over what is one of Britain’s longest-running unsolved murder investigations.

The 14-year-old was attacked from behind and stabbed in the back and head as she walked through a railway tunnel just off a canal towpath in Wakefield in October 1965.

A major inquiry was launched after Elsie’s body was found at the bottom of a flight of steps by a dog walker, and hundreds of people were interviewed, but her killer has evaded justice ever since.

The man was arrested yesterday in Newbury.

Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Superintendent Nick Wallen of the Homicide and Major Enquiry Team, said: “We have now bailed a man arrested yesterday, pending further enquiries.

“Our investigations into Elsie’s murder remain very much ongoing.”