76-year-old Llywelyn Thomas

Farmer 'left for dead' by burglars

A widowed farmer was savagely battered and left for dead in his own Cambridgeshire home by two burglars, a court has heard.

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Man fighting for his life in hospital after gas explosion in Chittering

Map showing where the gas explosion happened.
Map showing where the gas explosion happened.

A man has been seriously injured following a gas explosion at a premises in Ely Road in Chittering.

Cambridgeshire Police were called at 8.55 this morning.

"Police were called to reports of a man suffering serious injuries following a gas explosion at a premises in Ely Road, Chittering, at 8.55am today.

"Air ambulance were called to the scene and the man was taken to Addenbrooke's Hospital.

"At present we are unable to advise further on the man’s condition."

– Spokesperson, Cambridgeshire Police

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Killers jailed for 46 years

Two men who murdered a retired farmer at his home in Cambridgeshire are starting life sentences in prison.

Gary Smith, who's 21, and 26-year-old Frankie Parker attacked Llywelyn Thomas at his home in Chittering, in December 2011.

They've been told they will spend a minimum of 22 and 24 years, respectively, behind bars. The judge said they had shown their elderly victim no mercy. Elodie Harper was in court

Two burglars guilty of Chittering murder to be sentenced today

Gary Smith and Frankie Parker guilty of murder
Gary Smith and Frankie Parker guilty of murder Credit: Cambridgeshire Police

Two men convicted of murdering a retired farmer from Cambridgeshire will be sentenced today.

It took a jury less than two hours to find 26-year-old Frankie Parker and 21-year-old Gary Smith, from Fen Road travellers site in Chesterton, guilty of killing Llywelyn Thomas.

He was beaten to death in his home in Chittering in December 2011.

Two men found guilty of Chittering murder

Two men who broke into the home of a retired farmer in Cambridgeshire and bludgeoned him to death after robbing him have been found guilty of his murder.

A jury took less than two hours to convict Gary Smith and Frankie Parker. Police today described them both as career criminals.

They say the men saw Llywelyn Thomas as an easy target when they attacked him at his home in Chittering near Ely in December 2011.

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Pair found guilty of farmer murder

Two men who battered a widowed farmer to death in his own home have been found guilty of murder.

Llywelyn Thomas, 76, was found dead in his home in Cambridgeshire on December 18 after neighbours became concerned that the lights had been left on all night.

Gary Smith, 21, of Fen Road travellers' site, Chesterton,and his nephew, Frankie Parker, 26, of Nene Road, Ely, had both denied murdering Mr Thomas as they burgled the property in Ely Road, Chittering, the previous night.

But today a jury at Cambridge Crown Court found both men guilty of murder after less than two hours of deliberations.

They will be sentenced tomorrow.

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