Detectives investigating the murder of Vasilijs Ransevs have teamed up with the Lincolnshire Echo to make a direct appeal to Lincoln’s Eastern European community.
Today, more than 500 special editions of the Echo are being handed out for free in shops and other businesses near the Portland Street flat where Mr Ransevs was found.
Officers have already put out posters appealing for help. But today’s special edition Echo carries full details of the murder across four dedicated pages and a statement from the officer in charge in four different languages: Russian, Polish, Latvian and Lithuanian.
The appeals urge anyone with information to come forward, as the vital clue could well lie within Lincoln’s migrant community.
Echo editor Steven Fletcher said: “The Echo has trust and loyalty within the community, and this is a way of getting the message across to thousands of potential witnesses in a different way.
“By giving it away for free, we can put the special edition in outlets which wouldn’t usually stock the Echo, and so get the witness appeal across to as many people as possible.
“We are keen to do our bit to solve this unsolved murder, and this seemed as good a way as any.”
Detective Superintendent Stuart Morrison, who is leading the investigation, said this was an unusual collaboration.
“Working with the Lincolnshire Echo to use the newspaper wrap-around in several languages is a first for both Lincolnshire Police and the Echo,” he said
“I hope it will help us to target some of the communities which could hold key information to help us with our investigation. We very much appreciate the help the Echo have given us with this and it is a great example of working together and using innovative new ideas to investigate crime”.