Footprint clue in hunt for grandfather's killer
DETECTIVES trying to solve the murder of Barry Rubery are hoping this footprint found near his home could be the key to a conviction.
Popular grandfather Mr Rubery, 68, was found dead two years ago this weekend, at his home on Latteridge Road, Iron Acton.
His son and daughter, Philip and Julie Rubery, said: "It does not feel like two years has passed since dad was murdered it still feels like this happened just yesterday.
"We try to move on but it's very hard not knowing why dad was taken from us in such a violent and horrific way.
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"We would ask anyone who may know something, anything that might help to come forward and speak with the police. Please help give us some closure."
Mr Rubery, a retired civil engineer, had enjoyed a night out with friends at a Masonic dinner, before being dropped home at Crossing Cottage at about 10.45pm on April 28.
The following morning, he was found on the floor of his back porch by a neighbour, having suffered fatal head injuries.
Now police have released the image of a partial footprint, possibly from a Nike trainer.
DCI Mike Carter, who has taken over from DI Guy Turner as the lead on the investigation, said: "Barry needlessly lost his life two years ago and I am determined to find those responsible for this violent crime.
"Having come onto the inquiry only a few months ago and having met Barry's family, I can tell you that the grief they feel is as raw today as it was two years.
"They need to understand why their father and grandfather died at the hands of these people.
"We have a team of more than 20 people still working on this investigation – meticulously sifting through the hundreds of statements that were taken at the time and speaking again with those people who provided information.
"The investigation has highlighted that it was very rare that Barry's property was empty when he returned that night.
"His neighbour who lived on the grounds was not home, his friend had moved out days earlier and his partner had stayed at her own home.
"I believe someone knew Barry would be alone and that they would not be disturbed.
"This was a planned attack by a group of people and I would urge those people to think about their families and the life they lead. Your actions will catch up on you and your freedom could be taken away.
"If your allegiances have changed then you may be able to limit the impact on your life by coming forward and talking to us."
It is believed Mr Rubery let himself in through his front gate and was attacked outside his home before being dragged into his back conservatory.
His hands were tied behind his back with metal wire and electrical flex and his ankles had also been bound.
Mr Rubery's gold Masonic pocket watch, an old Makita drill, keys, and a Nokia 3310 mobile phone were stolen.
Officers believe that those responsible may have been waiting for him as he never made it into his home.
DCI Carter added: "We know that Barry had strong links with his local community and those involved in farming and agriculture and we believe someone within these communities may have that vital piece of information that could help solve this murder.
"Barry was a very private man however we know he was troubled and we are keen to hear from anyone who may have spoken with him in the days before his death.
"No matter how small you feel any piece of information may be please let us decide if it is relevant.
"Did he mention any recent business deals, issues with tenants, or even something personal?"
Call Avon and Somerset police on 101, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.