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Response is ‘promising’ to appeals over Ravensliffe killing
Detective Superintendent Mark Ridley in City Park with the screen showing an appeal for any information
Police have said a high-profile appeal has led to some “promising” new information as their investigation into the murder of a Bradford pensioner enters its second year.
Today marks a year since 68-year-old Clement “Butch” Desmier was found dead at his Ravenscliffe home.
To mark the occasion, police have stepped up their campaign for information about his killers, and yesterday had a high profile presence at City Park, where they showed a video featuring information about the murder, an interview with his family and details about the £10,000 reward offered by Crimestoppers. The reward has been doubled in an effort to help move the case along.
They have also set up a mobile police station outside Mr Desmier’s Rowlestone Rise home, and posted officers at places he frequented such as nearby supermarkets.
Mr Desmier, who had six children and ten grandchildren, was found dead on his armchair. He had 40 stab wounds and there was evidence he had been tortured.
Central to the police investigation are two men seen entering his home the day he was killed – they have never been identified.
Superintendent Mark Ridley said: “We have had the multimedia van at Morrisons in Eccleshill, as well as officers at Asda in Greengates and the shopping centre there, which is where we know he spent a lot of time. We’ve been in Centenary Square because we know he came to Bradford most days to socialise. We are trying to remind people that this is still a major investigation that we are still committing significant resources to.”
He believes that whoever killed Mr Desmier must have had some local links. He added: “Someone knows who did this, and I would remind people of the pain his family felt 12 months ago is still as intense today.
“We have been provided with some interesting and promising information, and there are a few new pieces of information we are investigating.
“We’re asking people if they recognised anyone’s behaviour change around this time last year.”
Anyone with information is asked to call the 101 non-emergency number, Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 or text to police on 07786 200805.