£20,000 reward for finding those responsible for Mark’s death

A £20,000 reward has been offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the death of a 42-year-old man in Leicester, three years ago.

The appeal has been launched on the third anniversary of Mark Cookson’s death. He was found in his flat in Wigston. Police believe someone has information about how Mr Cookson died.

Police say Mark was involved in some sort of argument at around 6.30pm on Hillcrest Road, on Sunday 22 March 2015. Mark then returned to his flat on Leicester Road, Wigston. His family say he complained he was suffering from a headache.

Three days later, concerned they had not heard from him, his family called at that flat, and found Mark unresponsive.


A post-mortem revealed Mark died as a result of a fractured skull and associated bleed on his brain.

Mark’s father Robert, together with Leicestershire police, have launched an anniversary appeal to find out what caused Mark’s fractured skull.

Crimestoppers is offering up to £10,000 for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for and in relation to his death.

Mark’s family have joined forces, offering £10,000 of their own money to boost the Crimestoppers reward to £20,000 in the hope someone will come forward with information.

Posters have been put up appealing for the public’s help throughout Wigston and leaflets are being handed out to pedestrians in the area of Leicester Road.

Special beermats have been placed in pubs in the area, and from Monday next week (26 March), fuel pump nozzles in more than 20 petrol stations within a six mile radius of Wigston will also carry appeals.

Mark’s father is hoping the reward money combined with the appeal activity will help reveal what happened to his son.

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