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Roy Blackman burglary killing: Workmen sought as witnesses

Roy Blackman Image copyright Kent Police
Image caption A post-mortem examination revealed Roy Blackman died as a result of multiple blunt force injuries

Workmen seen near the home of a man beaten to death after a burglary are being sought as potential witnesses.

Roy Blackman, 73, was found with multiple blunt-force injuries inside the property on Headcorn Road, in Biddenden, on 21 March.

Kent Police said the workmen were seen at the entrance to a field the evening before. They were wearing high visibility jackets and white hard hats.

Mark Love, 37, of Frittenden Road, Staplehurst, is charged with murder.

He has also been charged with aggravated burglary.

Officers said they were also keen to trace a man seen walking near the victim's house at about 21:40 GMT on 20 March.

He was wearing a high visibility sleeveless top and is thought to have walked past a nearby car wash.

Kent Police said both the man and the group of workmen may have information crucial to the investigation.

Image caption Mr Blackman's body was found at his home on 21 March

On Thursday, Mr Blackman's family paid tribute to him. "It is unthinkable to us that a vulnerable 73-year-old alone in his home could be harmed," they said.

"We truly can't believe that we won't see him again or hear his laughter and we will never come to terms with the manner of his death."

The family described Mr Blackman, a self-taught car mechanic who set up his own garage, as a man who lived a simple life without extravagance and who had desperately missed his wife after her death from cancer six years ago.

They said the couple would have celebrated their golden wedding anniversary this July.

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