Murder investigation launched after pensioner found dead

A murder investigation has been launched after an 85-year-old man was found battered to death in his own home in Rochdale.

Vincent Kershaw was found with head injuries after police visited his house on Sunday afternoon following reports he had not been seen by his neighbours on Willows Lane, in Milnrow.

Mr Kershaw, who lived alone and was known to carry large amounts of money on him, had not been seen alive since Thursday October 4, when he picked up his pension from the Post Office earlier that day.

His wallet was missing when his body was found and police believe he may have been robbed and murdered for his money.

A Home Office post-mortem concluded Mr Kershaw died from head injuries.

Detective Inspector Iain Butler, from Greater Manchester Police (GMP), said: "We are keen to piece together Mr Kershaw's final movements. We know that Vinny travelled by bus and taxi in Rochdale and Shaw in Oldham.

"He was seen collecting his pension at Milnrow Post Office on Dale Street at 10am on Thursday 4 October and was also seen buying groceries at Tesco Express on Dale Street at 1pm.

"If anyone saw Mr Kershaw that day and has any information as to his movements leading up to the discovery of his body on 14 October, please phone police.

"The information you have, no matter how insignificant you may think it is, may be vital in this investigation."

Anyone with information should phone police on 0161 856 2027 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.