Tommy Ward murder investigation "progressing positively", say detectives

By Dave Doyle | 10/11/2017

Tommy Ward murder investigation 'progressing positively', say detectives

DETECTIVES investigating the murder of Maltby pensioner Tommy Ward (80) are confident about new leads, a court has heard.

Press and TV appeals have led to “significant new lines of inquiry” which are “progressing positively”.

Former miner Mr Ward died on February 23 last year — five months after he was viciously beaten in a robbery at his home on Salisbury Road.

His life savings of around £30,000 were stolen during the violent raid on October 1, 2015.

The case was mentioned at Doncaster Coroner's Court on Friday morning, presided over by assistant coroner Mr Mark Beresford.

Coroner's officer Sarah Grainger read to him a statement from the investigative team, before the hearing was adjourned pending the outcome of police enquiries.

Ms Grainger said: “CCTV was shown on Crimewatch and there was an appeal in the local press.

“This produced a positive response and resulted in significant new lines of inquiry, which are being pursued.

“Mr Ward’s family will be kept updated about the situation.”

Mr Beresford said he was not in a position to continue with the inquest and adjourned it until next January 12.

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