New lead in murder investigation

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Officers investigating the murder of Jia Ashton in Somercotes on March 10 have released new images of a man they are trying to trace.

The man who is pictured was seen in the Cotes Park Inn on Nottingham Road, Somercotes on the evening Jia was killed.

Two CCTV images of him were released on April 6 but no one has recognised him and he has not yet come forward.

Detective Chief Superintendent Steve Cotterill said: “We’d like to talk to this man who may have information that would help us. As I’ve said before we are trying to speak to everyone who was in that part of Somercotes around the time Jia disappeared.

“We know this man was in the area at about 6pm and went into the pub. I’d urge him to come forward to speak to us.”

Anyone who recognises the man or who has any information about the murder should contact the murder incident room