Police appeal to anonymous caller to come forward in Barry Rubery murder case
POLICE are appealing for an anonymous caller, who they believe may have vital information about the murder of a Iron Acton grandad, to get in touch urgently.
Detectives still investigating the brutal killing of 68-year-old Barry Rubery, who was found beaten with his hands and feet tied in the porch of home, Crossing Cottage, on Latteridge Road in April 2010, want to hear from the person, or people, have called with information on three separate occasions.
Despite a Crimewatch appeal, the offer of a £10,000 reward and an intensive police investigation, nobody has been charged with the murder.
Mr Rubery, who rented out agricultural storage space on land next to his home was last seen alive at 10.45pm on Wednesday, April 28 2010 after a meal out with friends. He was found the next morning.
DCI Gareth Bevan, who is in now in charge of the ongoing investigation, said: "We have had three anonymous calls, one shortly after Barry's death, one after the inquest was opened in January 2012 and the third this June.
"The messages have been directly relevant to one of our lines of enquiry in this investigation and I would really like to speak to this caller or callers."
Mr Rubery would have been 72 this year. His daughter Julie and son Philip have struggled to come to terms with his murder and have repeatedly said they need answers before they can move forward.
In a direct appeal to the caller or callers, DCI Bevan added: "I can understand if you are worried about 'getting involved' or concerned about being identified. I would like you to call me direct on 101, you won't have to give me your name, but we can discuss how you can help us.
"Barry's family are struggling to come to terms with their loss without any answers as to how or why he was killed. You might be able to help us give them those answers."
Detectives are also keen to hear from anyone who may know of any sort of incident – a disagreement or difference of opinion – involving Mr Rubery in the weeks before his death.
DCI Bevan said: "It may be that people have information that could be crucial, but they do not realise it.
"They may have been an unknowing witness to a precursor event that could be linked to Mr Rubery's murder."
A dark Land Rover Defender was spotted in the area and a pocket watch, drill and electric cable were missing from the property.
Anyone who may have information is asked to call the incident room on 101 or ring the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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