Police pledge to continue hunt for Nora’s killer

Nora Tait, who was brutally murdered in her own home.
Nora Tait, who was brutally murdered in her own home.
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The family of murdered South Yorkshire grandmother Nora Tait have been promised detectives will never give up on their case – that has remained unsolved for almost seven-and-a-half years.

The senior officer leading the investigation revealed at her inquest yesterday how police have followed up 3,326 lines of inquiry involving 2,600 people since the 69-year-old was found battered to death at her home in Stone Close Avenue, Hexthorpe, Doncaster, on October 13, 2005.

Medical evidence at the hearing revealed the ‘feisty’ pensioner, who died from head injuries, had tried to fight off her attacker, who used a blunt weapon which has never been recovered.

No fewer than nine suspects have been arrested, but police have insufficient evidence to bring anyone to trial. Detectives have never identified a mystery man known locally as ‘Knock-Off Lad’ who often visited Mrs Tait’s terraced home offering to sell her foodstuffs believed to be stolen.

The police officer in charge of the investigation, Det Chf Supt Neil Jessop, said: “South Yorkshire Police will never give up on this. Out there is someone who knows a friend, associate, family member or partner who is responsible for the murder of Nora Tait.”

The inquest was adjourned to locate a witness.