Hereford & Worcester

New leads into death of Herefordshire man in 2000

Albert Ryall
Image caption Albert Ryall was found dead after a break-in at a Risbury pub

The detective leading a cold case review into the death of a Herefordshire man said police were dealing with new lines of inquiry.

Police said they would not reveal what the leads were at this stage after a fresh appeal for information into the death of Albert Ryall.

The 75-year-old was found dead at his home, the Hop Pole Inn, in Risbury, on 13 November 2000.

Evidence indicated that intruders broke into the Hop Pole and stole his safe.

A post-mortem examination found he had been assaulted and had died of a heart attack precipitated by the mental and physical stress of being burgled.

On 5 May a fresh appeal was started as part of a case review along with a £10,000 reward for information that leads to the conviction of those responsible.

West Mercia Police said at the time of Mr Ryall's death seven people were arrested but no one was charged.

'Pleasing developments'

An inquest in 2002 found that Mr Ryall was the victim of unlawful killing.

Det Ch Insp Andy Hughes, who is leading the investigation, said: "Since the launch, we have already had some pleasing developments, including several new lines of inquiry.

"We cannot go into these at this time but my team is already investigating them rigorously.

"I can say that members of the public have come forward with some useful information that is taking the investigation forward.

"I would like to repeat our appeal for anyone who has any knowledge about how Albert Ryall died to please contact us."

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