Kirkby-in-Ashfield attack: Police probe money motive theory

Colin Hall
Image caption Police said Mr Hall's family were devastated by what had happened

Money may have been the motive for a fatal attack on a man in his Nottinghamshire home, say police.

Colin Hall, 76, was attacked in his house in Cornerpin Drive, Kirkby-in-Ashfield at about 21:00 GMT on Sunday. He died later in hospital.

Officers said they believe the people responsible intended to take money from Mr Hall.

Two men, aged 37 and 38, were arrested in Hucknall, Nottinghamshire on Tuesday and remain in police custody.

A post-mortem examination into the exact cause of Mr Hall's death was inconclusive, however it showed he had sustained an aneurysm, caused by the assault.

Public response 'excellent'

Det Ch Insp Tony Heydon, of Nottinghamshire Police, said although arrests had been made their inquiries continued.

"There is someone out there who will have information that can help us and we need to hear from them urgently," he said.

"The public response has been excellent, and we have spoken to a number of people who saw a man wearing a high-visibility jacket in the Kirkby area on Sunday night.

"Further enquiries make us believe that the assailant's intentions was to take money, but that doesn't change the consequences of Mr Hall collapsing and dying later at hospital."

Mr Heydon said officers were still keen to speak to a man who was seen in the area on Sunday night.

The man is described as white, of medium to heavy build, and was wearing dark clothing with a black hat or hood and a sleeveless, yellow high-visibility jacket.

Nottinghamshire Police said house-to-house enquiries were continuing on Wednesday.

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