Detectives issue appeal five years on from horrific murder of Tommy Ward
Written by Rother Radio News on 01/10/2020
Police are appealing for information five years on since a great-grandad from Rotherham died months after suffering horrific injuries in a violent attack at his home.
Tommy Ward from Maltby was left black and blue by thugs who broke into his home and stole £30,000 of his life savings on October 1, 2015.
Over the last four years numerous people have been arrested but now officers leading the investigation have issued a fresh appeal five years on since the attack happened.
Detective Inspector Lee Nesbeth, who is now the deputy senior investigating officer said: “This was a vicious attack on a defenceless, elderly man, which ultimately resulted in him losing his life.
“Tommy’s death sent shockwaves throughout the Maltby community, which is incredibly tight-knit, and we have worked unrelentingly over the last five years to identify those responsible for this crime.
“I want to remind the public of this horrific act of violence on the five-year anniversary of that first phone call to emergency services, and I’m appealing to anyone out there that may still hold information about what happened to come forward.
“There are individuals out there who know what happened to Tommy and there are still people yet to talk to police about what they know.
“I’d ask those people to think about Tommy’s family – his loved ones, his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. They have fought for five years for answers, to find out what happened to him. They are desperate to know why someone would want to harm Tommy.
“This remains an active investigation with specially trained officers in regular contact with Tommy’s family. Those officers and I want to give his family the answers they rightly deserve, to get some justice for their loved one”.
Anyone with information is urged to get in contact with South Yorkshire Police on 101 quoting reference number 202 of September 28.
Alternatively you can submit information online via the major incident public portal here.