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Appeal to find pensioner's killer, 15 years on

Leonard Farrar was stabbed to death in Beeston Credit: ITV News

Detectives are continuing to appeal for information on the 15th anniversary of the murder of a Leeds pensioner.

71-year-old retired Merchant Navy officer Leonard Farrar was found stabbed to death at his home in Cardinal Road, Beeston, on May 4, 2002.

He was found dead on Cardinal Road Credit: ITV News

Despite extensive enquiries at the time and a number of renewed appeals over the years that followed, his killer has not yet been found. 

Mr Farrar's Fiat Panda was found burnt out shortly before his death Credit: ITV News

The investigation currently sits with West Yorkshire Police’s ‘cold case’ team which regularly reviews unsolved murders in an effort to make a breakthrough in these long-running cases.

Mr Farrar was also a bus driver Credit: ITV News

Detective Chief Inspector Jim Dunkerley, of West Yorkshire Police Homicide and Major Enquiry Team, said: "We remain absolutely convinced that someone out there has that crucial piece of information that will lead us to the person responsible for the murder of Leonard Farrar. 

"His family are understandably still as keen as ever to see his killer caught and justice done. I would ask anyone who does have information that could assist us to search their consciences and tell us what they know, either directly or anonymously through Crimestoppers.

We have repeatedly shown that, even after many years have passed, we can still progress investigations to a successful conclusion and get justice for families and we are determined to continue doing all we can to achieve that for Leonard Farrar’s family.

– Detective Chief Inspector Jim Dunkerley, of West Yorkshire Police Homicide and Major Enquiry Team

Anyone with information is asked to contact officers via 101 or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.