Chittering: New information on murder

30 December 2011, 15:17 | Updated: 30 December 2011, 15:28

Cambridgeshire detectives investigating the murder of a Chittering pensioner believe he was still alive after the Strictly Come Dancing final on the night he was killed.

The body of Llywelyn Thomas, 76, was discovered at about 12.30pm on Sunday, December 18. He had last been seen alive at about 6.30pm the previous day.

However, it has now emerged Mr Thomas had spoken to a friend in Wales on the telephone following the final of the tv talent show.

Detective Superintendent Jeff Hill told Heart: "This latest information means we now know Mr Thomas was alive at about 8.20pm which means we can specifically appeal people who were in the Chittering area after that time."

Detectives believe Mr Thomas may have been killed after a burglary went wrong.

Mr Thomas' silver Rover 75 estate, BJ 51 CJV, was stolen from his home in Ely Road, and later discovered in Church Lane, Milton. It is thought to have been left there between 11pm and 11.30pm on Saturday, December 17.

It had mechanical issues and would have made a lot of noise and been travelling slowly. 

Det Supt Hill added: "I would urge people to think back to what they were doing two weeks ago. We now know Mr Thomas was probably killed between 8.20pm and 11.30pm on Saturday, December 17. It is vital that anyone who was on the A10 between Chittering and Milton between those times and saw this silver car, or anything else suspicious, call police.

People may remember watching the Strictly final and might have popped out after it had finished. If so, did you see anything that may assist our investigation? 

Any information, no matter how small or insignificant it may seem, could be vital in bringing whoever is responsible to justice."

Anyone with any information should call the Major Investigations Team on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111. 

A 22 year-old man arrested on suspicion of murder and a 21 year-old woman arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender remain on bail.