New leads in Metcalfe murder

POLICE are investigating new leads in the unsolved murder of Wath man Brian Metcalfe.

Detectives could be on the verge of a breakthrough after calls came flooding in after a re-appeal for information on the tenth anniversary of his death.

The 43-year-old’s body was found on Sunday, October 14, 2001, under a bridge on Station Road in Wath.

His family and South Yorkshire Police launched a fresh appeal last month, offering a reward of £7000 for information that leads to a conviction.

A force spokeswoman said this week that offiers were chasing up new leads passed to them as a result of the re-appeal.

She said: “The South Yorkshire Police team working on the Brian Metcalfe case are currently following up on information received during the anniversary publicity.”

This will bring fresh hope to Brian’s family that the net may finally be closing in on his killer.

A post mortem examination revealed that he had been assaulted and may have died earlier on Friday, October 12.

Police believe Mr Metcalfe had been drinking in pubs in Wath shortly before the attack.

Acting Detective Superintendent Terry Mann has said he believes “the answer to his murder lies in the Wath community.”

Anyone with information should call South Yorkshire Police on 0114 296 3161, or alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 500111.