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Boy's face burnt in Rotherham skate park assault

Police in Rotherham are appealing for information after a boy's face was burnt in an assault at a skate park.

Police say the victim is lucky that his injuries are not more severe Credit: Press Association

Detectives say the 11-year-old was riding his bike at the skate park off Manor Road in Maltby, when persons unknown are alleged to have thrown something at the boy.

The item thrown is understood to have been some sort of accelerant, which was on fire and caused burns to the boy’s face.

This was a nasty and unprovoked incident against a child and we want to identify those responsible.

The victim is lucky that his injuries are not more severe, but the fact remains that this behaviour was incredibly dangerous and put lives at risk.

If you were in the skate park that afternoon, or in the local area and saw anything that might help us work out who did this, please get in touch.

– DC Mark Hundleby, South Yorkshire Police


Where is Tommy Ward's £30,000?

Tommy Ward died from his injuries

Police hunting the killer, or killers, of 80-year-old Tommy Ward say someone must know who attacked him and made off with his life-savings of £30,000.

Mr Ward was assaulted in his home in Maltby, seven months ago, and died five months later as a result of his injuries. His attacker made off with a safe containing £30,000. The safe was recovered two weeks later in Kilnhurst canal but the money has never been found.

Who threw that safe in the canal? Where is that money? And who are these people who committed that offence and attacked Tommy? It was a targeted attack on Tommy, he was horrifically assaulted, which led to his death unfortunately and his life savings of £30,000 were taken in that attack. Tommy was such a well like person in the community, he had an extensive close family and they want some questions answering

– Detective Chief Inspector Vicky Short, Lead investigating officer

DCI Short was speaking as Crimestoppers put up a £10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the killers. She said the local community had been very forthcoming and co-operative, but she hoped the reward would prompt someone to come forward with that vital piece of information.

£10,000 reward offered in Tommy Ward murder investigation

Crimestoppers is offering a reward of up to £10,000 for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the murder of 80-year-old Tommy Ward.

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Mr Ward was attacked in his home in Maltby, near Rotherham, and his life savings stolen last year. His attackers broke in between 7pm on September 30th and 6:45am the following morning.

He was treated at Rotherham Hospital but died five months later due to the injuries sustained during the attack .

The images of Tommy following his ordeal left a lump in my throat when I think what he went through at the hands of these thugs.

This could have been your relative, you grandfather who went through this. That is why I'm asking that if anyone has any information on the individuals who did this, to make sure it doesn't happen again and contact Crimestoppers anonymously.

– Gemma Wilson, Regional Manager for South Yorkshire Crimestoppers

Funeral held for murdered pensioner Tommy Ward

A funeral has been held for a South Yorkshire pensioner who was murdered in his home.

Tommy Ward died from his injuries in February Credit: South Yorkshire Police

80-year-old Tommy Ward was robbed of his life savings in Maltby in October 2015.

Five people have been arrested in connection with the incident and have since been released.

Detectives say they are determined to find those responsible for the heartless and vicious attack to ensure justice is served for the elderly man and his family.

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