Out in the Field with Herald chief reporter Annemarie Field: These families deserve some sense of closure

I GET to interview lots of people but this week it was my turn to be on the receiving end of some questioning when I met up with criminal psychologist Professor David Wilson at Eastbourne Central Library as he delved into two of the town’s unsolved cases.

The disappearance of Polegate teenager Louise Kay, who hasn’t been seen since 1988, and the murder of student Jessie Earl, whose remains were found on Beachy Head in 1989, nine years after she went missing from her flat in Eastbourne, will be the subject of a television documentary in June pointing the finger of blame very much at Peter Tobin, the serial killer currently serving life for the murders of three young women.

The fact Tobin was known to be living in Brighton, believed to have worked at a hotel in Eastbourne and had links of some kind with Holy Trinity Church in Trinity Trees at the times both of these young ladies disappeared is particularly worrying.

And how dreadful for their poor families who still have no idea as to what happened to them. As parents we don’t even want the rain to fall on our precious children let alone fear they have suffered at the hands of some monster.

What is even worse, though, is that at the time Jessie Earl disappeared, Sussex Police could ill afford a major murder hunt which might explain why that despite a supposed ‘fingertip’ search of the Downs, her body remained undiscovered in the bramble there for nine years.

Tobin has remained tight-lipped about any further victims and refuses to answer questions about Louise and Jessie.

As much as I and others would like five minutes in a room with him and a baseball bat, that’s not going to happen so people need to cast their minds back.

Surely somebody must remember him being in Eastbourne and might have some clue that would help officers in these cases? Then perhaps two of the town’s biggest mysteries could be solved. And the families of Louise and Jessie would finally have some sense of closure.


WHEN it comes to luck, a friend of mine would lose a game of Snap to a man with a stutter.

Not only has she just been diagnosed with breast cancer, she has a very poorly husband and two small children and a month ago her boiler packed up leaving her with no heating or hot water.

You would think that seeing as she is about to start intensive chemotherapy, there would be all sorts of help available for her and her family. But you’d be wrong.

And because she’s not on any form of state benefits (she and her husband have worked all their lives), she can’t get any help.

It makes my blood boil that because she has never asked for any handouts, she now can’t get any help towards a new boiler.

Yet, if she had never done a day’s work in her life and sat on her backside raking in benefits, she could. The mind boggles.

Thanks to an appeal on Facebook, lots and lots of lovely plumbers have offered to do the work free of charge. It restores your faith in human nature.

Now, we just need a boiler to be donated so if there are any companies out there in Eastbourne who would like to do a good turn and have a spare one knocking about, they should get in touch.