Re-appeal after death of woman at hospital

Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Detectives are today (Wednesday, November 16) issuing a renewed appeal for information to help solve the murder of Valerie Kneale, four years on from her death. 

Mrs Kneale (pictured), 75, died on the stroke unit at Blackpool Victoria Hospital on November 16, 2018.

A post-mortem examination found she had sadly died from a haemorrhage caused by a non-medical related internal injury. Following this a murder investigation was launched.

Despite a lengthy inquiry, including interviewing staff and conducting forensic testing, officers have yet to identify her killer and are urging people to come forward with information.

Det Ch Insp Jill Johnston, of Lancashire Police, said: “Valerie’s murder is truly tragic and heart-breaking. She was a patient in the hospital, receiving medical treatment when she was subjected to a horrific attack which ultimately led to her death.

“For four years Valerie’s family have been left devastated by her death, they want and deserve justice.

“We know someone will have information key to our investigation. We know someone can help us the find the person responsible.

“I would urge that person to come forward to help us solve this terrible crime.

“Our investigation has been lengthy. We have been conducting extensive enquiries, including gathering witness statements, forensic examinations and medical reviews, all of which take time to complete in a methodical and structured manner.

“Our priority and the priority of Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is to ensure the safety of patients.

“We continue to support Valerie’s family and they are being kept fully updated by a specially trained officer.

“Again I ask anyone with information to come forward – any new material received at this stage of the investigation could be the crucial breakthrough we need.”

Anyone with information in connection with the investigation can contact police on 101 quoting log 0356 of November 16.

Alternatively, you can contact independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or online at

You can also call a dedicated investigation number - 07814 915454.

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