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£10,000 reward for pensioner’s killer
As the first anniversary of a Bradford pensioner’s murder approaches, police have upped their efforts to find his killer, including offering a £10,000 reward for any information that helps solve the case.
Police investigating the murder of 68-year-old Clement ‘Butch’ Desmier at his Ravenscliffe home last August have now released a new video appeal showing his final hours and featuring interviews with his family.
In the run-up to the one-year anniversary on Friday, the video will be played on a display van parked at various locations around Ravenscliffe, and a temporary police station will be set up outside Mr Desmier’s Rowleston Rise home.
The fresh appeal for information sees the reward, provided by charity Crimestoppers, doubled from £5,000 to £10,000, and police hope people whose “allegiances may have changed” in the past year will be tempted by the significant reward.
Police will also mark the anniversary by visiting local shops and public places, handing out flyers and undertaking questionnaires, as they believe there is a local link to the crime.
Mr Desmier was found dead in his armchair on Thursday, August 23. He had been tortured, had 70 separate injuries, including 40 stab wounds, and a pillow placed over his head.
Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Superintendent Mark Ridley will also be featured on the new appeal video. He says the investigation is centred around two men seen entering the house the day Mr Desmier was killed.
He added: "The multimedia display vehicle will highlight the different elements of our investigations as well as the increased £10,000 reward by Crimestoppers.
“This is a significant amount of money which has been put forward by the crime fighting charity and underlines our continued level of focus upon this case.
“A portable police office will also be located opposite the murder scene on Rowlestone Rise where local residents can discuss any matters in confidence. We are now approaching the August bank holiday and I would ask local people to think back to the same time last year. What do you remember that may be of relevance? Even the smallest piece of information could add to a wider picture and build upon evidence already gathered.
“It is still as painful for the family as it was 12 months ago, and I would urge anyone who may be able to help them receive the justice the deserve to get in touch immediately.
“It is highly unlikely that anyone would have simply been passing through this area, and I am confident that there is a very local connection to this crime.
“More importantly, I believe there was more than one person involved. We have still have not heard from the two people seen entering his house in the early hours of the day Mr Desmier was found dead and our enquiries remain centred around them.
“In the months which have elapsed there has been significant media coverage, a BBC Crimewatch appeal and a large Crimestoppers reward.
“It is therefore a reasonable assertion, that those behind this crime may have seen this coverage and have confided in somebody. Allegiances could have changed and there may be individuals who now want to come forward.
“I would urge these people to consider the continued impact this is having on Mr Desmier’s family and to contact us.
“If anyone can assist in our investigations, they can call the non-emergency number 101 or via Crimestoppers on 0800 555111. Information can also be sent by text to police on 07786 200805.”