UPDATE: Boston murder investigation hindered by ‘rumours’ on social network sites

POLICE are calling on social network users not to post rumours online about the murder of Janusz Smoderek – as it is hindering their investigation.

At a press briefing this morning (Wednesday), the investigation’s senior investigating officer, Det Chief Insp Stuart Gibbon, confirmed they have now issued a nationwide manhunt for Boston man Stephen Anthony Sleaford, 37.

Mr Sleaford is wanted in connection with the murder of father-of-three Mr Smoderek, 48, following an altercation in the Sleaford Road area of town in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Mr Smoderek, a Polish national, was found dead with multiple stab wounds in a garden in Sleaford Road at around 7.30am on Sunday.

Chief Insp Gibbons said: “There have been some irresponsible comments posted onto social networking sites, which haven’t supported our investigation in terms of rumours.

“I accept that these things are said – but some are very, very inaccurate.”

He concluded by urging people to use trusted media sites to get information about the ongoing murder investigation.

Police are appealing for anyone with information about the whereabouts of Mr Sleaford, or any information about the altercation that took place in Sleaford Road on Sunday, to call Lincolnshire Police on 0300 111 0300 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.