VIDEO: South Yorkshire Police hope Crimewatch screening may provide breakthrough in Tommy Ward murder case

CCTV footage that could be a vital new lead in the investigation into an 80-year-old Rotherham man’s murder will feature on BBC Crimewatch tonight.

South Yorkshire Police will screen CCTV video showing a car driving past the Maltby home of Tommy Ward on the morning he suffered a fatal beating.

They strongly believe the car may be connected to his killer, and hope that national television exposure could lead to new information.

Mr Ward, an ex-miner, was attacked at his home on Salisbury Road in the early hours of Thursday 1st October 2015. It is believed his life savings, £30,000 in cash, and a safety deposit box were stolen during the attack. An identical box was found empty two weeks later in a canal in the Kilnhurst area.

He was taken to Rotherham Hospital, where he remained in a critical condition until he died of his injuries on 23rd February last year.

Three men were arrested on suspicion of murder in August and later released on bail without charge.

The police opened a new line of inquiry this month after a vehicle was seen on CCTV driving down Mr Ward’s road at around the time of the attack.

The footage shows a Saab 93 turning right onto Salisbury Road from the direction of Grange Lane at around 5.15 am. It then makes a U-turn further along the road, past Mr Ward’s home. It is not seen to leave the area until 25 minutes later.

 

Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Chief Inspector Victoria Short said: “This is either the offender’s vehicle that was used during the attack or a significant witness who has not yet come forward.”

The footage will be shown on Crimewatch tonight at 9pm on BBC1 along with an appeal for information.

DCI Short, who referred to the attack as the “nasty brutal assault and murder of Tommy Ward for his life savings”, said the appeal is to find out who was in the vehicle at that time.

“Mr Ward’s family deserve to know the truth. I am determined to find whoever committed this appalling crime, to hold them accountable for their actions and ensure they are brought to justice.”

Crimestoppers are offering a £10,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the attackers.

You can contact Crimestoppers anonymously with information on 0800 555111 or the police on 101 quoting incident number 408 of October 1st 2015.