VIDEO: New lead in Tommy Ward murder investigation

By Gareth Dennison | 23/02/2017 0 comments

VIDEO: New lead in Tommy Ward murder investigation

DETECTIVES have released CCTV they believe shows the car used by murdered Maltby man Tommy Ward’s killers.

The 80-year-old died in hospital a year ago today after nearly five months in hospital following the attack.

The vehicle, identified as a Saab 93, is seen in CCTV turning right onto Salisbury Road from Grange Lane in the footage at 5.15am on the day of the attack, October 1, 2015.

'I strongly believe the car seen on the footage is connected to the attack on Mr Ward and was used by the assailants'

Det Chief Insp Victoria Short

It is then seen to make a U-turn further along Salisbury Road — past Mr Ward’s property. But the car is then unaccounted for until 5.40am, when it is seen turning left back onto Grange Lane.

Det Chief Insp Victoria Short, the senior investigating officer, said: “There is a 25 minute gap between the car arriving on Salisbury Road and leaving, and through extensive enquiries there is no evidence or suggestion as to why the vehicle would be parked up on the road at this time or that it could have driven anywhere else in the surrounding area.

“Furthermore, we know at 4.56am on the morning Mr Ward was attacked, there were no lights on at his property from previously recovered CCTV footage, however, just over an hour later at 5.58am, the property can be seen lit up and Mr Ward was discovered by his carer 45 minutes later.

“I strongly believe the car seen on the footage is connected to the attack on Mr Ward and was used by the assailants, and we are thoroughly exploring all investigative opportunities available to us in light of this new lead.”

Mr Ward’s £30,000 life savings were taken in the attack and never recovered. Eight arrests were made but no-one has been charged.

Anyone with useful information is urged to call 101 or email, quoting incident 408 of October 1, 2015.  

Alternatively, call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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