New clues hope in Doncaster murder probe

Nora Tait .who was murdered at her home in Hexthorpe Doncaster
Nora Tait .who was murdered at her home in Hexthorpe Doncaster

Detectives hope to use new technology to try to solve one of Doncaster’s most notorious murders, 10 years on.

South Yorkshire police said they will be taking advantage of the advances made in technology over the past decade, and are hopeful that new DNA evidence ‘can be obtained’ which they believe could help them to find Nora’s killer. Detective Chief Inspector Craig Robinson said: “Although this is the 10th Anniversary since the brutal murder of Nora Tait in her own home we are as determined as ever to bring the person(s) responsible to justice. He continued: “We will use the latest advances in DNA technology and I hope that this latest appeal will result in new information coming to light to solve this murder. This is the least Nora’s family deserve.”

Nora’s murder investigation has generated more than 3,000 actions, and police have taken over 600 witness statements and made a total of nine arrests in a bid to catch Nora’s killer.

Anyone with information is asked to phone South Yorkshire Police on 101 and they will be put straight through to the investigating officer.

Crimestoppers are offering a reward of up to £10,000 for information which could lead to the arrest and conviction of someone involved in Nora Tait’s murder.

The retired seamstress was bludgeoned to death in broad daylight at her Hexthorpe home as she prepared to eat lunch on October 12, 2005.

Despite thousands of lines of enquiry, national appeals, the offer of a £20,000 reward and nine suspects being arrested and later released without charge by police - Nora’s killer is still on the loose a decade on.

The 69-year-old was found dead at her home in 15 Stone Close Avenue, Hexthorpe on October 13, 2005 having been brutally murdered the day before.

The great grandmother had sustained a number of blows to the back of her head that left her with severe skull fractures.

Despite the theft, her property was not ransacked.

Detectives are aware of some of Nora’s movements on the day she was murdered. They believe it is possible that Nora, who lived alone, had been twice widowed and had four children, along with several grandchildren, knew her attacker.

Police do not know how the killer entered Mrs Tait’s house, but there were no signs of forced entry.

Anyone with information for Crimestoppers can call 0800 555 111 or visit