Police issue anniversary appeal to solve Rotherham robbery

Tommy Ward fighting for his life after the attack
Tommy Ward fighting for his life after the attack
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Detectives hunting an attacker who left a Rotherham pensioner for dead are urging the local community to help solve the case.

Tommy Ward, aged 80, suffered a fractured skull, broken ribs and shattered jaw in an attack in his home in Salisbury Road, Maltby, 50 days ago.

A safe, containing his life savings of £30,000, was also stolen.

Posters are being distributed across Maltby and Rotherham today to urge anyone with information to come forward.

Mr Ward remains in hospital in a serious condition with a ‘significant neurological injury’.

Detective Inspector Richard Partridge, who is overseeing the investigation, said: “I’m very grateful to the local community and the wider public in Rotherham for their continued support as we carry out our enquiries into this viscous and cowardly assault.

“Mr Ward’s injuries are significant and the attack happened in his own home, therefore we must be sure we have gathered every bit of information available to us so we can piece together what happened to him.

“As I’m sure many of you can appreciate, this assault has shocked what is tight-knit local community and has left Mr Ward’s family devastated, so I’d ask again that anyone with any information gets in touch.

“I firmly believe the answer to what happened to Mr Ward lies in the local community and I know there will be people in Maltby with suspicions around who is responsible.

“Ask yourself if a family member or friend has behaved strangely since the attack? Did you see anyone with blood stained clothes? What happened to Mr Ward was a brutal attack on a vulnerable man in his own home and those responsible do not deserve to be shielded by anyone.

“Even if you feel your information is not that significant, I would urge you to contact us as the smallest detail could be crucial to our investigation.”

Two 19-year-old men arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and burglary are on bail pending further inquiries.

DI Partridge added: “While we may have made arrests, this remains an incredibly active investigation.”