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Grimmer witness found

NSW Police detectives have been successful in their international appeal to locate important witnesses in the murder of Wollongong toddler, Cheryl Grimmer, who disappeared 47 years ago.

Three-year-old Cheryl was kidnapped and murdered during a family outing at Fairy Meadow Beach at Wollongong in January 1970.

Late last month, Strike Force Wessel – comprising detectives from Wollongong Local Area Command and the State Crime Command’s Unsolved Homicide Team – travelled to Melbourne and charged a 63-year-old man with her abduction and murder.

Last Thursday (13 April 2017), NSW Police issued a plea for information about a family that provided officers with important statements at the time of Cheryl’s abduction.

The couple and their two children left Australia late in 1970 and eventually returned to Britain.

Through inquiries with Interpol and assistance from media outlets in Nottinghamshire, England, strike force investigators have been provided with details for the family and will be making further inquiries.

About Mick Roberts

A newspaper journalist, writer and local historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in the Sydney and Illawarra regions of NSW for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides authoring a number of history books, Mick has owned and operated several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), Sydney based, City News, and is now with Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW.

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