New witness in hunt for Chittering killers

DETECTIVES investigating the murder of Llywelyn Thomas are keen to trace two drivers who may have overtaken the offenders on the night he was killed.

Detectives have been trying to trace the movements of a silver Rover 75 estate, registration BJ51 CJV, which was stolen from the 76-year-old’s home on Saturday, December 17, the night he was killed.

It had mechanical problems and was only capable of low speeds. Now a potential witness has come forward saying they were stuck behind a slow-moving car on the A10 between Denny Abbey and Milton at about 10.20pm on the night.

Detective Chief Inspector George Barr said: “We are now able to narrow the timeframe on the night. We know Mr Thomas was still alive at 9.30pm and his Rover car was dumped in Milton before 11.30pm.

“This latest information means it is likely to have been on the road between about 10.10pm and 10.25pm. The witness describes two cars overtaking the slow-moving vehicle and I would urge those drivers to come forward.

“Were you stuck behind this silver car at about 10.20pm on the A10 heading towards Milton on Saturday, December 17? Did you overtake the car and see who was inside?

“It was the weekend before Christmas and people may have been heading on a night out with friends. It is vital those drivers come forward as they may have significant information to assist our investigation.”

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Police have also located some items which had been thought to have been stolen from his home.

Detectives had appealed for information about four distinctive watches, a silver tea set and a leather horseshoe wallet which were believed to have been stolen from Mr Thomas’ home in Ely Road, Chittering.

However, following an extensive search of the property, one of the watches and the tea set have been located in the home.

DCI Barr said: “We had been unable to carry out a thorough search of the property due to ongoing forensic examinations, and it appeared all the items were missing from the home. However, we have since been back to the home and recovered the tea set and a Roamer watch which had been thought to have been stolen.

“We are still appealing for information about the whereabouts of three watches and the horseshoe wallet that are thought to have been stolen.”

Mr Thomas was discovered in his home on Sunday, December 18. It is thought he was killed in a botched burglary the previous evening.

His silver Rover 75 estate was taken from the home and later dumped in Church Lane, Milton, before 11.30pm on the Saturday.

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