Hereford & Worcester

Wyre Forest plea over Albert Ryall's death

Albert Ryall
Image caption Albert Ryall was found dead at his home in Risbury, near Leominster

People living in rural Worcestershire could have vital evidence concerning a man's death ten years ago.

West Mercia Police investigating the death of 75-year-old Albert Ryall said new leads have led them to the Wyre Forest area.

Mr Ryall was found dead at his home, the Hop Pole Inn in Risbury, on 13 November 2000. His home had been broken into and a large safe stolen.

No charges have been brought although several arrests have been made.

Police are also offering a £10,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of those responsible.

A post-mortem examination found Mr Ryall died of a heart attack brought on by the mental and physical stress of being burgled. He also had facial injuries which suggested he had been assaulted.

'Weighed heavily'

An inquest recorded he had been unlawfully killed.

Det Ch Insp Andy Hughes said: "We know there are probably a number of people in the rural communities of Wyre Forest who have vital evidence that could allow us to bring to justice the persons responsible.

"The Ryall family have spent the last ten years wondering what happened to their Uncle Albert and this has weighed heavily on them," he said.

Police wanted those with information to have the courage to stand up and be counted and come forward, he added.

Four men arrested on suspicion of manslaughter and two women arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice are currently on police bail.

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