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Son's TV plea over murder of retired farmer.

THE son of a man murdered in a burglary gone wrong has issued a fresh plea for information.

Retired farmer Llywelyn Thomas, 76, originally from South Wales, was found dead in his home in Ely Road, Chittering, Cambridgeshire, on December 18.

It is believed Mr Thomas had watched the final of Strictly Come Dancing on television before answering the door to his killers.

Mr Thomas, who farmed Tye Fry Farm, Cefn Cribwr, in the 1960s before moving to Laleston, near Bridgend, and then to Cambridgeshire in 1999, died from injuries to his face and head.

Three distinctive watches and a wallet were missing. A car, stolen during the attack, was found dumped a few miles away in the village of Milton.

Speaking on the BBC's Crimewatch programme, to be shown today, his son Richard Thomas said: "Whoever is close to these people should see what their son, their daughter, their father, their brother, their friend, has done.

"They may have done it before, they may do it again.

"If neither of those things is true, then they just need to see what they've done to one gentle old boy."

Detectives investigating the murder have offered a pounds 50,000 reward for information.

Police believe the killers may have targeted the property because of its "mansion-like" appearance and may have been disappointed at the relatively modest possessions inside.

Detective Chief Inspector George Barr said he hoped the reward will motivate someone with information to come forward.

After the incident, the offenders made off in a silver Rover 75 estate which they stole from the widower's drive.

Officers are particularly keen to hear about the movements of this vehicle.
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:May 1, 2012
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