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Ronnie Simpson murder: £5,000 reward offered for information

CCTV pictures of Ronnie Simpson
Image caption CCTV has confirmed Mr Simpson visited local shops near to his home

A £5,000 reward is being offered for information about the murder of a frail 67-year-old man in West Lothian a week ago.

The body of Robert Simpson was discovered in Mayfield Drive, Armadale, just after 21:00 on Saturday 6 October.

He had been the victim of a "brutal assault" and suffered serious head injuries.

Crimestoppers are offering up to £5,000 for anyone who can help police find and convict his killer or killers.

CCTV footage of Robert Simpson, known as Ronnie, was released earlier this week with an appeal for anyone who saw him after he visited local shops on 3 October.

Lothian and Borders Police said Mr Simpson was a "particularly small", frail man who often walked with the assistance of a stick or crutch.

Mr Simpson's family, daughter Kay Simpson and son Ross Simpson, said they had been left devastated by their loss.

About 40 officers are working on the case and police are continuing a high visibility presence in and around the area throughout the weekend.

Det Supt Bob Cowper, said: "The response from the local community has been very encouraging so far, however they may still be other pieces of vital information out there and I would encourage people to come forward."

Anyone with any information is asked to contact the police or Crimestoppers, where information can be given anonymously.

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