Moves to reassure pensioners during Kirkby murder inquiry
A LEADING police officer has moved to reassure pensioners following the violent attack on a 76-year-old Kirkby man which left him dead.
DI Mat Healey spoke to the Chad in the wake of the murder inquiry of Colin Hall, who was brutally attacked in his Cornerpin Drive home on Sunday evening, 9th February.
Known locally as ‘the ice-cream man’ because of his previous work, police believe he was killed by a would-be robber.
But DI Healey, who is leading the investigation, is quelling suggestions that other pensioners could be in danger.
He said: “I do not believe it forms part of a series, and I understand there will be concern amongst the public, he was a 76-year-old pensioner, but in my view the person who has done this either knew Mr Hall and went to his home deliberately.
“In saying that, I would always urge people to check who is at the door before opening it, and ask for identification if needed.
“The motivation was of financial gain. He was not shot and he was not stabbed, but the level of violence resulted in his death.”
A Home Office post-mortem examination on Mr Hall has been inconclusive as to the exact cause of death, however it has shown that the victim sustained an aneurism, caused by the assault.
After the attack he collapsed and later died at hospital.
DI Healey said a ‘significant’ number of officers have been drafted in from around Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire and Lincolnshire to work on the case.
Police issued the description of a man they want to trace, who is white, medium to heavy build, and was wearing dark clothing with a black hat or hood and a sleeveless, yellow high-visibility jacket.
Two men were arrested in Hucknall earlier this week, but have since been released without charge.
DI Healey added: “They both come from Kirkby and Sutton area, and for me it’s a positive development in terms of the arrests because it clears one aspect of the inquiry.
I have been pleased with the response to date, but we want people to look beyond the description of a high-yellow visibility jacket.
“The answers to this crime will lie locally.
“If anyone holds information, no matter how insignificant they think it is, please call the information room at Mansfield [on 01623 483953].”
Alternatively, phone Nottinghamshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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