Crimewatch appeal over Tommy Ward's murder

A RECONSTRUCTION of murdered Tommy Ward’s final moments was aired on BBC One this morning.

It is almost nine months since the brutal attack in the 80-year-old’s home — four months since he died — and no-one has been charged.

The former soldier’s £30,000 life savings were stolen in the incident, which will feature on today’s Crimewatch Roadshow from 9.15am.

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Det Chief Insp Vicky Short, leading the investigation, said: “I want the reconstruction to drive home the stark reality to those who know who committed this vicious attack on a defenceless old man.

“I want them to visualise what actually happened and for them to understand the grief and pain that has been caused.

“Someone out there knows something, and I hope that by seeing the reconstruction, it may trigger an emotional response and some form of empathy, and encourage them to come forward.”

Tommy was found seriously injured on Salisbury Road last October 1 and died in hospital on February 23.

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A safety deposit box like the one stolen was found empty in Kilnhurst two weeks after the attack.

DCI Short said: “The charity Crimestoppers have offered a £10,000 reward in connection to our investigation, and I have a team of dedicated detectives who are solely committed to working on this case.

“Officers are in Maltby today, in conjunction with the reconstruction, handing out leaflets and distributing posters into the area, publicising the reward and asking for anyone with information in connection the murder investigation to please come forward.

“Can you remember a family member or friend behaving strangely in the days following the attack?

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“Did you see anyone with blood-stained clothes, or anyone suddenly in possession of large amounts of cash?

“I would encourage anyone, even with the slightest piece of information, to please get in touch with us so we can ensure justice is served for Tommy.”

Five people have arrested in connection with the incident have been released.

You will be able to see the Roadshow programme on the BBC iPlayer later today and for the rest of this week.

Anyone with information should call 101 or email [email protected], quoting incident 408 of October 1, 2015. Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


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