Two suspects quizzed by detectives investigating 2005 murder case

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POLICE have made a breakthrough in the investigation into the murder of Doncaster grandmother Nora Tait more than five years ago.

Detectives leading the investigation have confirmed they have made two arrests of suspects as part of the inquiry into the death, which happened in October 2005.

A South Yorkshire Police spokesman said: “South Yorkshire Police arrested two men on suspicion of the murder of Nora Tait earlier this month.

“The local men have been released on police bail until early April.”

It was confirmed both men are from the Doncaster area, but officers have not revealed where in the borough they live.

Mrs Tait’s family has been informed of the development in the case, say police.

The arrests come six months after detectives launched a fresh appeal for information into the murder, on the fifth anniversary of Mrs Tait’s death.

It included a Crimewatch reconstruction of Mrs Tait’s last few known hours alive.

Mrs Tait’s daughter Jayne Watson spoke at the time of her family’s need for the killer to be caught and backed the police appeal for information on the case.

She said the murder of her mother had had a devastating effect on her family.

Mrs Tait, a 69-year-old seamstress, was found dead in her home on Stone Close Avenue, Hexthorpe, on October 13, 2005.

She was described as a wonderful grandmother who adored her grandchildren.

Police have made arrests in the years since then, but no-one has been charged.

The most recent arrest, prior to the two men being questioned this month, was last June.

Mrs Tait sustained a number of blows to the back of her head, causing serious skull injuries, in what Det Supt Neil Jessop, the detective leading the investigation, described last year as a horrific attack.

Police also revealed last year that there was a £20,000 reward for information leading to a conviction in the case.

Anyone with information should call police on 01709 443 465.