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Ronnie Simpson murder: Police hail response to appeal

CCTV pictures of Ronnie Simpson
Image caption CCTV footage showed Mr Simpson visiting local shops near his home

Detectives investigating the murder of a frail pensioner in his West Lothian home have had a positive response to an appeal for information.

Robert Simpson, 67, was found dead at the property in Mayfield Drive in Armadale at about 21:00 on 6 October.

Police said he had been assaulted, sustaining serious head injuries.

Crimestoppers is offering a reward of up to £5,000 for anyone who can provide information which leads to the arrest and conviction of his killer.

'Very positive'

A team of aboutd 40 officers is investigating a number of lines of inquiry, as well as continuing door-to-door and CCTV inquiries.

Det Supt Bob Cowper, of Lothian and Borders Police, said: "The response to the Crimestoppers appeal has been very positive so far. However, I must stress that the inquiry is still live and the reward is still available.

"I understand that, for whatever reason, it might be difficult for people to come forward to police and speak to us, but they might hold the vital piece of information that could lead us to Mr Simpson's killer or killers.

"Please be assured that any information passed to Crimestoppers will be treated in complete anonymity and they will never disclose any personal details to police."

Police officers visited the scene on Friday evening to speak to neighbours and regular passers-by.

Mr Simpson, also known as Ronnie, was described as a small, frail man who often walked with a stick or crutch.

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