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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.

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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.

Wombwell murder appears to have been a 'targeted attack'

Police investigating the murder of a man in Wombwell say the incident appears to have been a '"targeted attack." The body of 65-year-old John Gogarty was found in a house on Marsh Street on Friday afternoon. A post-mortem examination found that he had been repeatedly stabbed.

We are in the early stages of the investigation however the indication, at this stage, is that the person who carried out the attack was probably known to the victim as there were no signs of forced entry. If anyone has any information they think may assist us, however apparently insignificant, please do get in touch. We have a dedicated team of officers working around the clock and are following a number of lines of enquiry.

– Detective Chief Inspector Phil Etheridge


Police investigate 'suspicious' death of man in Wombwell

Police investigating the discovery of a body in Wombwell have described the death as "suspicious".

The 65-year-old's body was found in a property in Marsh Street at 4pm on Friday.

South Yorkshire Police said, "The death is being treated as suspicious and a full investigation is underway including house to house enquiries in the area."

David Hirst reports:

Police have asked for anyone with any information to contact them on 101.

South Yorkshire PCC promotes restorative justice campaign

South Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner is raising awareness of the force's restorative justice programme.

South Yorkshire PCC, Alan Billings

Doctor Alan Billings, is promoting the scheme which offers victims of crime the chance to meet the criminal who offended against them to get answers and move on from the experience.

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