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Delia Hughes murder: Further CCTV from Woolston released

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Media captionThe man was wearing a grey hooded jacket, faded blue jeans, trainers and was carrying a small black rucksack.

Detectives investigating the murder of a great-grandmother in Southampton have released further CCTV images of a man they want to trace.

Delia Hughes, 85, was found beaten to death inside her Atlantic Close flat in Ocean Village on 18 August.

Police believe a man seen on CCTV near her home in the morning of her murder lives in the Woolston area of the city.

He is white and aged between 25 and 30, and described as being "nimble and bouncy on his feet".

At the time he was wearing a grey hooded jacket, faded blue jeans, trainers and carrying a small black rucksack.

From the hundreds of hours of CCTV footage viewed, detectives have been able to plot the movements of the man which shows him leaving Woolston and later returning to the area after spending about 45 minutes in and around Atlantic Close.

Joggers and fishermen

Sixty detectives are working on the case and are conducting house to house inquiries at residential properties bordered by Bridge Road, Shamrock Road, Peartree Road and Defender Road.

Image caption Delia Hughes was found dead inside her Ocean Village home on 18 August

Images show the man on Bridge Road at about 08:00 BST. He was later seen in the area of Atlantic Close and Ocean Village at 08:20 BST, before leaving there at about 09:30 BST.

Det Supt Tony Harris said: "This man has become increasingly significant to our inquiry as we believe he holds vital information that will enable us to move the inquiry forward.

"He has been seen at several locations within Ocean Village on the day Mrs Hughes' body was found.

"It is vital that we trace him as he could well hold the clues we need to identify the killer.

"We believe he may live there [in Woolston] and we'll be asking local residents if they can assist us in identifying him.

"With every day that passes, the fact that we have been unable to identify this man is of course becoming more of a concern.

"We believe he was in the area of Ocean Village at a very critical time and he may have seen or heard something very significant."

Police also want to talk to any joggers or fishermen who were in Ocean Village on 18 August.

A 29-year-old woman and a 37-year-old man arrested on suspicion of murder have been bailed pending further inquiries.

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