Cambridgeshire

Chittering murder probe: Facebook appeal launched

Llywelyn Thomas
Image caption Llywelyn Thomas was a farmer in South Wales before moving to Cambridgeshire 12 years ago

A Facebook appeal has been created to help track the killers of a pensioner who was found dead in his Cambridgeshire home.

The body of Llywelyn Thomas, 76, was found at his home in Ely Road, Chittering, on 18 December.

Police believe he was killed during a "botched burglary" the previous night.

Detectives investigating Mr Thomas's death have put up a Facebook advert to urge people with information about the killing to come forward.

Det Supt Jeff Hill, of Cambridge police, said: "We are exploring every opportunity to get that vital piece of information to help us catch those responsible for this terrible crime.

"The advert is a great way of targeting people who live in the Cambridge and Ely area but may not use traditional media such as television news or newspapers."

Four distinctive watches were found to be missing from Mr Thomas's home, along with a wallet and silver tea set.

His silver Rover 75 estate car was also stolen and found later dumped in Church Lane, Milton.

A poster detailing watches similar to those stolen from the victim has been put up in the village where he lived.

The Facebook advert will appear on pages of people who list Ely and Cambridge as their location.

Users clicking on the advert will be taken to a "landing page" on the Cambridge police website where they can leave information with their details or anonymously, a spokesman said.

Mr Thomas, who had been a farmer in South Wales, was a widower who had moved to Cambridgeshire 12 years ago.

Post-mortem tests found he died from face and head injuries.

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