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Police make CCTV appeal following murder in Wombwell

Police investigating the death of 65-year-old John Gogarty would like to trace a woman who could hold vital information that could assist their inquiry.

Officers were called to a house in Marsh Street, Wombwell, at around 4pm on Friday 17 July, where they found Mr Gogarty's body.

A murder investigation is underway and officers have now released CCTV footage of a woman they believe holds significant information which could assist with their enquiries.

Our investigation is very much ongoing and we would now like to speak to this individual or anyone who may recognise her. We are working with the public to piece together Mr Gogarty’s movements in the days leading up to the discovery of his body. The woman we want to speak was in High Street in Wombwell at around 6.50pm on Monday 13 July and we believe she holds vital information that could help us. Are you the woman in the footage? Were you in the area at the time? Can you help us to identify who this woman is?

– Detective Chief Inspector Steve Handley

Detective Chief Inspector Steve Handley said: “Our investigation is very much ongoing and we would now like to speak to this individual or anyone who may recognise her.

“We are working with the public to piece together Mr Gogarty’s movements in the days leading up to the discovery of his body.

“The woman we want to speak was in High Street in Wombwell at around 6.50pm on Monday 13 July and we believe she holds vital information that could help us.

“Are you the woman in the footage? Were you in the area at the time? Can you help us to identify who this woman is?”

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Lord Scriven calls on South Yorkshire police chief to resign

Lord Scriven, the former leader of Sheffield City Council, has called on the Chief Constable of South Yorkshire Police David Crompton to resign over the latest child sexual abuse revelations.

Scriven told ITV Calendar that police on the ground are not doing enough to keep children out of harm or "at least keep them in a safe place".

I've taken the view enough is enough. I said about a year ago that jury was out on the senior management team at South Yorkshire Police, including the Chief Constable. I've now come to the view, reluctantly that it needs to happen and the Chief Constable needs to go. It's quite clear that those at the top are talking a good talk but when independent people go in it shows that on the ground young people are not being believed, reporting is hap hazardous at best and that actually in quite vulnerable situations where children are at risk that the police on the ground are not taking the type of action to take those children out of harm or at least keep them in a safe place so the chief constable has to go.

– Lord Scriven

South Yorkshire Police: There is more that we can do

South Yorkshire Police Assistant Chief Constable Ingrid Lee says there is more the force can do to address the failings highlighted in today's HMIC report.

The force watchdog said the force had made improvements over the past year, but changes weren't being implemented quickly enough.

Of the 28 cases assessed in the report:

2
Good
19
Require Improvement
7
Inadequate

PCC: Report paints 'mixed picture' of South Yorkshire Police

South Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner says today's HMIC report paints a "mixed picture" of the force.

Dr Alan Billings

The report says South Yorkshire Police has improved in some areas but still needs "major improvements" to child protection practices.

This report paints a mixed picture. This should not surprise us because it comes at a particular moment in time. The initial inspection was in May last year. But it was overtaken by the Jay report which came out in August. That changed everything. For the first time the full extent of child sexual exploitation was revealed. Since then South Yorkshire Police have had to look at every area of their practice, past and present.

The report shows the force where they have made progress but more particularly where improvements still have to be made. Part of my task will be to ensure that what is recommended is implemented.

– Dr Alan Billings, South Yorkshire PCC

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Police appeal for help after murder investigation launched in Wombwell

Police have appealed for help today to find the killer of a South Yorkshire pensioner.

John Gogarty was found in his home in Wombwell on Friday.

He had suffered multiple stab wounds in what police are saying was a targeted attack.

Martin Fisher reports:

Police: 'Wombwell murder victim may have known killer'

Police searching for the killer of Wombwell pensioner John Gogarty say they believe he knew his killer.

Credit: ITV Yorkshire

They described Mr Gogarty as a security conscious man who would not have let a stranger into his home.

His home was not broken into and the motive for Mr Gogarty's murder remains unclear.

They want anyone who spoke to him or contacted him in the week before his murder to contact them.

No signs of break in at home of murdered pensioner

Detectives hunting the killer of a pensioner at his home at Wombwell in South Yorkshire say he probably knew his attacker because there were no signs of a forced entry. Today the victim was named as 65-year-old John Gogarty, who died from multiple stab wounds. David Hirst reports.

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