Manhunt after South Yorkshire pensioner murdered

Police at the scene on Marsh Street in Wombwell after the death of a man at a house which has turned into a murder investigation.
Police at the scene on Marsh Street in Wombwell after the death of a man at a house which has turned into a murder investigation.
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A killer who stabbed a pensioner to death in South Yorkshire is today being hunted by detectives.

John Gogarty was found dead at a house on Marsh Street in Wombwell, near Barnsley.

The 65-year-old’s body was discovered after police were called to the property at around 4pm on Friday.

A post-mortem examination confirmed his death was caused by multiple stab wounds, and detectives leading the murder investigation said the incident ‘appears to be a targeted attack’.

There were no signs of a forced entry at the house where Mr Gogarty’s body was found - suggesting he knew the killer.

Det Chf Insp Phil Etheridge, who is leading the murder probe, said officers were following ‘a number of lines of enquiry’.

“We are in the early stages of the investigation, however the indication at this stage is that the person who carried out the attack was probably known to the victim as there were no signs of forced entry,” he said.

“If anyone has any information they think may assist us, however apparently insignificant, please do get in touch. We have a dedicated team of officers working around the clock.”

Police carried out door-to-door enquiries over the weekend, and forensics officers in white suits combed the scene for evidence.

An incident room has been set up at Marsh Street, which will remain cordoned off this week. Witnesses should call 01709 443506.