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Clement "Butch" Desmier murder reward offer doubled

Clement Desmier
Image caption Clement Desmier was "well known" in Bradford and Shipley, police said

Detectives investigating the "brutal" murder of a man who was tortured have doubled reward money in the case.

Clement "Butch" Desmier, 68, was found at his home on Rowlestone Rise, Ravenscliffe, Bradford with 70 injuries and stab wounds on 23 August 2012.

In a video appeal, Det Supt Mark Ridley said he was "convinced those responsible... tortured him".

Crimestoppers offered the increased reward, to £10,000, for information leading to the killers' conviction.

Det Supt Ridley said: "This is a significant amount of money which has been put forward and underlines our continued level of focus upon this case.

"I am confident that there is a very local connection to this crime."

CCTV images

He said a portable police office would be put opposite the murder scene so local residents could talk in confidence.

Mr Desmier left his home at about 11:00 BST on Wednesday, 22 August to visit a farm shop with a friend, West Yorkshire Police believe.

He then made his way into Shipley town centre at about noon where he visited a bank and shops, during which CCTV images of him were captured.

Mr Desmier then took a bus towards Greengates and returned home, said police.

Previously, police said Mr Desmier was well known in Bradford and Shipley and would drink in local pubs and use local transport.

Since the crime there has also been a BBC Crimewatch appeal about the murder.

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