Cops issue fresh plea for help in Leeds murder case

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Police have marked the 12th anniversary of the murder of a Leeds pensioner with an appeal for the public to help them solve the crime.

Len Farrar, 71, was found dead at his home on Cardinal Road, Beeston, on May 4, 2002.

The former merchant seaman and coach driver, who lived alone, had been repeatedly stabbed.

A wide-ranging inquiry was launched by West Yorkshire Police but no one has been brought to justice for the crime.

Now detectives hope the latest anniversary of the killing could prompt somebody with potentially vital information to speak out.

Det Chief Insp Paul Fountain, senior investigating officer, said: “Someone out there knows what happened to Mr Farrar.

“With the passage of time allegiances change and people who have not previously come forward may now feel able to do so.

“We are in regular contact with his family and they deserve closure about what happened to him. I am appealing directly to anyone with any information about what happened to come forward.”

Speaking to the Yorkshire Evening Post last year, Jane Rough, the youngest daughter of Len’s adopted sister Christine Willans, said: “There isn’t a day goes by that we don’t think about it and why his killer has never been brought to justice.”

Anyone with information is asked to ring the West Yorkshire force’s 101 phone number or Crimestoppers in confidence on 0800 555111.

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