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Vasilijs Ransevs murder: Echo wrap in four languages

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: July 04, 2013

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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.

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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”.

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  • Menshy  |  July 05 2013, 11:03PM

    madowl71 - I think you overlooked the word 'free' in what I wrote. I actually have no objection whatever to the police spending what they like within their budget to detect and prosecute the perpetrators of crime - by whatever means they feel appropriate. I agree with your point that the article doesn't say the police are paying the Echo to provide foreign language editions free of charge; the Echo itself also doesn't make much of this magnanimous contribution to public safety - which well it might if it were footing the bill, so I can see why nolies would jump to the conclusion he has arrived at. What I resent are the costs of uncontrolled immigration and migration being passed on through higher taxes - and as the police don't give the Echo away free every time an English national is murdered it looks to me like the cost of going the extra mile in the case of foreign nationals will increase costs, direct or opportunity; and lead to higher taxes or cuts elsewhere in policing services to balance the budget. I'm not sure I see that as fair.

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  • madowl71  |  July 05 2013, 2:25PM

    There is a massive difference between being able to get by in another language and being able to read a newspaper with all the details of a murder enquiry. Yes Pete we do speak English in foreign countries don't we! I'm afraid the Brits abroad are about the worst for learning to fit in. Wherever we go we expect the locals to be able to speak English and we just about manage to learn the very, very basic phrases or congregate in little versions of England like the Costa or Dubai.

  • Pete67  |  July 05 2013, 1:09PM

    Yet again a reason to make sure the people who decide to come to England speak English just as we are normally expected to do in Foreign Countries.

  • madowl71  |  July 05 2013, 8:50AM

    Menshy - You're reading it! The whole point here is that English speakers have all sorts of ways of accessing information about this crime and all sorts of ways of getting information back to those who need it. Is it really such an issue to spend a couple of grand (it doesn't even say the Police are paying, Nolies) to catch a murderer?!

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  • Menshy  |  July 04 2013, 6:24PM

    Next time police are investigating the murder of a British national I wonder if we'll get free copies of the Echo written in English?

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  • nolies  |  July 04 2013, 1:42PM

    What a vast waste of money,surely it would have been massively cheaper to have had a leaflet printed rather than a whole newspaper but never mind,its only tax payers money.

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