Safe missing from home of brutally attacked Rotherham pensioner is found

Tommy Ward
Tommy Ward
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Detectives investigating an attack on a Rotherham pensioner in his home have found his safety deposit box.

Former soldier Tommy Ward, aged 80, was left fighting for his life after being brutally beaten up by robbers in his home in Salisbury Road in Maltby, on October 1.

A safety deposit box like this was stolen

A safety deposit box like this was stolen

After viciously attacking him they stole a safe containing his £30,000 life savings.

Police believe they have found the safe after a dog walker discovered it next to the canal at the rear of a recycling plant, off Wharf Road, in Kilnhurst on Tuesday evening.

The man has seen the appeal to trace the safe on the police’s Facebook page and contacted officers.

Detectives are now keen to find out how the safety deposit box got to Kilnhurst.

Detective Inspector Richard Partridge, leading the investigation, said: “The item is currently undergoing forensic tests but we believe it is the safety deposit box taken during an aggravated burglary on Salisbury Road, Maltby, in which an 80-year-old man was seriously assaulted.

“This does illustrate the key part the public play with many of our investigations and I would now ask for their help in establishing how the safety deposit box came to be in Kilnhurst.”

The safety deposit box is light grey with a key lock, around 40cm x 30cm x 18cm and is big enough to accommodate A4 documents, weighing around 7kg.

An appeal to raise £30,000 for the grandfather smashed its target after more than 2,000 people donated in just four days. The money will go directly to his family and will be used to help him with the care he will need.

Two 19-year-old men are on bail after being arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and burglary.

Anyone with information should call 101 or email, quoting incident number 408 of October 1, 2015.