Fresh appeal in murder hunt

A FRESH appeal has been made to catch the killer of a man murdered seven years ago.

The body of Wath man Brian Metcalfe was found by a dog walker in a car park off Station Road in Wath, on Sunday October 14, 2001.

Police remain convinced the key to solving the crime lies within the local community.

Detective Superintendent Carl Sturgess said: "Despite an extensive and thorough investigation, the perpetrator has not yet been brought to justice.

"Mr Metcalfe was a creature of habit and a well-known character locally. We believe that the answer to this crime lies within the Wath community and we would urge anyone with information to contact us."

The 43-year-old single man from Sandygate was wearing a black leather jacket and black denim jeans when his body was found under a bridge not far from his home.

A post mortem examination revealed he had died as a result of an assault.

There are reported sightings of Mr Metcalfe in the West Street area of Wath on October 13, 2001, but medical evidence suggested he may have died before 8am the previous day.

Anyone with information about the murder should contact Rotherham Police on (01709) 832662 or ring Crimestoppers anonymously on: 0800 555111.