Detectives pleased with response to Crimewatch appeal over South Yorkshire murder

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Detectives investigating the murder of a South Yorkshire pensioner say they had a 'positive response' to a Crimewatch appeal for information.

The murder of 80-year-old Tommy Ward featured on the BBC's Crimewatch programme last night to coincide with the 12-month anniversary of the former soldier's death.

He was attacked in a robbery in his home in Salisbury Road, Maltby, Rotherham, in October 2015 and died from his injuries the following February.

The OAP's life savings of £30,000 were stolen in the raid.

Arrests have been made since Mr Ward's death but all those quizzed were released without charge.

Detective Chief Inspector Victoria Short said: “We have had a really positive response from the appeal issued on Crimewatch last night as well as from the appeal last week on the anniversary of Mr Ward’s death.

“There are a number of new lines of enquiry we are keen to follow up and my team of detectives are currently reviewing all the information received.

“I want to thank everyone who has come forward in relation to the brutal and violent attack on Mr Ward, as even the slightest piece of information could prove crucial to the investigation.”

Anyone with information should call South Yorkshire Police on 101.

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