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Vera Cooper murder: Family appeal on 10th anniversary

Vera Cooper
Image caption Vera Cooper was found strangled in the kitchen of her bungalow in January 2002

The family of a murdered South Yorkshire pensioner are appealing for new information on the 10th anniversary of her killing.

Vera Cooper, 80, was found strangled in the kitchen of her home in the village of Grimethorpe, near Barnsley, on 24 January 2002.

South Yorkshire Police believe the killing was carried out during a burglary of Mrs Cooper's bungalow.

Despite a £5,000 reward being put up by the family, the crime remains unsolved.

Mrs Cooper's granddaughter, Tanya Round, appealed for anybody with information to contact police.

No forced entry

She said: "It's a matter of them just coming forward. Whether they're frightened to open up, or somebody is pressurising them, I don't know.

"I'd just ask them if they do know, or anybody out there does know, please come forward to the police, for our sake, our family's sake."

Initially, Mrs Cooper's death was not treated as suspicious.

But when family members noticed items were missing from her home, a second post-mortem examination was held which found she had been strangled.

There was no sign of a forced entry into the property, and the back door was found unlocked.

South Yorkshire Police have said they believe she knew the person responsible for her death.

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