Tommy Ward murder: South Yorkshire Police make new appeal one year on from brutal attack

DCI Vicky Short is leading the Tommy Ward murder investigation
DCI Vicky Short is leading the Tommy Ward murder investigation
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Police have launched a fresh appeal on the first anniversary of a brutal attack which later killed a South Yorkshire pensioner.

Former soldier Tommy Ward, 80, was attacked inside his Maltby home before the callous thugs stole £30,000 worth of savings.

Crimestoppers has offered a 10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of someone involved in Tommy's death

Crimestoppers has offered a 10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of someone involved in Tommy's death

The pensioner sustained shocking injuries and sadly died five months later in hospital. Police then launched a murder investigation and tonight marks one year since the horrific assault.

Detective Chief Inspector Vicky Short made a fresh appeal for information exactly 12 months on from the violent attack.

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DCI Short, speaking from Carbrook House in Sheffield, confirmed three men previously arrested on suspicion of murder remain on bail pending further police investigation.

Mr Ward sustained horrific injuries as police make a fresh appeal for people to come forward one year on since the attack

Mr Ward sustained horrific injuries as police make a fresh appeal for people to come forward one year on since the attack

She said: "We're still progressing with the investigation and we still need to finalise a number of enquiries.

"Part of my appeal today is for people to come forward both in Maltby and the wider community and to give us that key piece of information that may help finalise the investigation.

DCI Short added she was 'confident' people know who has committed the brutal attack and stressed the importance of keeping the appeal in the public eye.

"People talk and obviously £30,000 was stolen and people spend money and others will know people spend more money than they've actually got.

"The police have tried to keep it fresh in people's heads throughout the 12 months. We've got to keep digging and digging to find out what exactly happened not just for the police but for the family - they're absolutely distraught because during the next 24 hours they're going to relive what they think potentially may have happened and I want to give them answers."

Officers have stepped up patrols in the area and have been going door-to-door around the centre of Maltby and around the estate where Mr Ward lived on Salisbury Road.

DCI Short said: "Please come forward, if you've got that key piece of information. Even if you think it's not relevant it may be relevant to me and my investigation team.

"For example, 12 months ago today, did someone suddenly get rid of their clothing or their footwear without good reason? Did they change their mobile telephone number or suddenly lose their mobile phone? There are reasons for that and I need to know and get to the bottom of it.

DCI Short praised the people of Maltby for their assistance but added people know who carried out the attack.

"They've been fantastic, they really have but obviously people have yet to come forward. I'd like to reiterate there is a £10,000 reward from Crimestoppers for any information relating to the arrest of conviction for the people that have committed this offence and for the people who brutally attacked Tommy and caused him to lose his life.

Anyone with any information is being asked to call police on 101 or Crimestopper on 0800 555 111.