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Help Police find two men in connection with murder of Arthur

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STAFFORDSHIRE Police are asking for help from the public to locate two men who are wanred in connection with the murder of 87-year-old Arthur Gumbley last year.

Staffordshire Police have said: “If you know these two men pictured, or know of their recent whereabouts, we need your help to track them down.”

Police were called to Mr Gumbley’s home address in Endwood Drive, Sutton Coldfield at 9:51pm on 21 November 2017 following a report that he had been attacked in his own home by two men demanding money.

Arthur had been punched to the face, kicked whilst on the floor and jewellery was forcibly removed causing injury to his hands and wrists. Arthur died as a result of his injuries three weeks later, on 12 December

Following an extensive investigation, police are keen to talk to Jimmy Michael Connors, 28, and Tom Joseph Ward, 17, (both pictured) about their whereabouts on the day of the incident.

Connors is described as 5ft 5ins, average build with an Irish accent. Ward, who resides in Stoke-on-Trent occasionally, is described as 5ft 8ins, average build with an Irish accent.

A number of items of property are also missing from Arthur’s home address being a Seiko Man’s watch; Ladies Gold Bracelet with gold sovereign inset; Ladies Gold Necklace and gold sovereign inset; Henry VIII Angel Gold Coin dated 1544-1547; Two rings, one Silver with a diamond shape in the middle possibly with stone inset; Gold ring similar to the Silver ring missing and Gold Sovereign held in plastic casing.

Detective Inspector Dan Ison, the senior investigating officer, said: “Both men have links throughout the country and are known to frequent the London, Birmingham, Stoke-on-Trent and Yorkshire areas. It is imperative they are caught as soon as possible and help from the public is needed to track them down.”

Police say that both men are considered violent, so please do not approach them.

If you do see them or know of their location, please call Staffordshire Police 101 or 999 in an emergency quoting incident number 828 of 21 Nov 2017 or, for guaranteed anonymity, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

You can also report anonymously and directly to Staffordshire Police using the UK Police Major Incident Public Reporting website at https://mipp.police.uk/operation/557

If you provide information that helps police to find them, you could be eligible for a Crimestoppers reward of up to £10,000.

The incident happened in Endwood Drive, Sutton Coldfield which is in the Lichfield Policing area.

Our thoughts remain with the family and friends of Mr Gumbley and we urge our readers to share this information and help bring these men to justice.

 

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