Anniversary appeal over death of Rotherham man yields 'positive' response

Tommy Ward was battered in his own home
Tommy Ward was battered in his own home
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An anniversary appeal over the death of a Rotherham pensioner battered in his own home produced a 'positive' response.

South Yorkshire Police used the 12-month anniversary of an attack on 80-year-old Tommy Ward to urge those with information to come forward.

The former soldier was found seriously injured in his home in Salisbury Road, Maltby, last October.

He suffered a fractured skull, broken ribs and shattered jaw in the attack and died in a nursing home five months later.

The OAP's £30,000 life savings were stolen from his home during the attack, with his death now being treated as murder.

Three men arrested over the incident are on bail pending further inquiries.

Detective Chief Inspector Victoria Short, leading the police probe, said: "We had a very positive response from the local community to the work we did in Maltby last week and I repeat my thanks to the residents of Maltby for their support while we did this.
"We continue to follow up a number of lines of inquiry in relation to the murder of Tommy Ward and I urge anyone yet to come forward to police to do so.

"Remember, you can give information anonymously to Crimestoppers if you do not wish to give police officers your details."

Anyone with information should call South Yorkshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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