£10,000 reward still on offer over Bobby Jones murder

A £10,000 reward is still being offered for information leading to the identity of the brutal killer of a young man in Alexandra Park 16 years ago.

The body of Bobby Jones, 27, was found in undergrowth in the park on the morning of January 31, 1996.

He died from a single stab wound to the back of the neck and a number of coins was scattered across his body.

Despite 14 arrests and police raids carried out in Hastings, Bexhill and as far away as Rochester, Kent and Ilford in Essex no one was ever charged with the killing.

The substantial reward remains for information leading to the conviction of the killer. An annonymous member of the public offered £5,000 at the time.

The former Hillcrest student, who lived in

Ore, was last seen alive near Lower Park Road around 11.20pm the night before his body was found.

A Stamco worker made the grim discovery and raised the alarm.

Police believe Bobby, who sold small amounts of cannabis from time to time, may have gone to the park to complete a deal when his killer struck.

In November 2009, Bobby’s sister Sally Jones made a tearful plea for information after detectives reopened the case.

Speaking to the Observer at the time, Sally said: “As a family we just need closure.

“It is not going to bring Bobby back but we just need to know what happened.

“Bobby was quite well known around Ore. He was a real gentle giant, very kind and he loved animals.

“It is so sad because Bobby’s dad died without ever knowing what happened to him.

“But we are a big extended family and there are a lot of people in the area who need to know the truth.”

Jill Pederson, spokesman for Sussex Police, said: “The tragic murder of Bobby Jones was thoroughly investigated at the time.

“It remains undetected but we recently reviewed the case as a matter of standard practice in order to see what new lines of enquiry could be developed bearing in mind advances in forensic scientific practice and potential changes of loyalty as the years have passed.

“That review has been completed and there are no current lines of enquiry.

“But we are always keen to receive any fresh information, which would be carefully considered and treated in strictest confidence.

“Callers can ring us via 101 quoting Operation North, or you can call independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”