A “SIGNIFICANT development” in the Tommy Ward murder investigation will be aired on BBC One’s Crimewatch tonight.
CCTV footage of a car seen near to Mr Ward’s Maltby home was released by South Yorkshire Police last week.
Footage of the Saab 93 caught on camera near the pensioner’s home less than two hours before he was found badly injured, will be aired to the nation tonight (Monday) at 9pm.
Det Chief Insp Victoria Short, of South Yorkshire Police, said the CCTV footage was a “significant development” and showed the car being driven on to Salisbury Road, where Mr Ward lived alone, at 5.15am on October 1, 2015.
“It is seen to do a u-turn and is then parked up for aproximately 25 minutes in the near vicinity of Tommy’s address,” said Det Chief Insp Short.
“It’s either the offender’s vehicle or a significant witness who has not yet come forward.
“Tonight the CCTV footgae and an appaeal will be aired on Crimewatch to identify who was in that vehicle at that time on Tommy’s road.”
The grandfather was left for dead after the attack in which his £30,000 life-savings were stolen.
Det Chief Insp Short said it was a “nasty, brutal assault and murder” for his life-savings.
His injuries included a fractured skull, a bleed on the brain, a broken jaw, and his left index finger was so badly damaged his tendons were exposed and it had to be amputated.
The war verteran also had a footprint mark on his chest and severe bruising to his entire body.
After a determined battle, Mr Ward died in hospital on February 23 last year.
There is a £10,000 reward offered by the charity Crimestoppers for the arrest and conviction of those responsible for his murder.
Anyone with any information should contact Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111 or call police on 101, quoting incident number 408 of October 1 2015.