Shoe-print clue in retired farmer’s murder

Police investigating the brutal murder of a retired farm labourer are following a new lead.

Barry Rubery, 68, was found dead at his home in Iron Acton, south Gloucestershire, in April 2010.

The father and grandfather-of-six had been bound and beaten in his home and his hands and feet were tied with electrical cable.

Avon and Somerset Police said Mr Rubery had strong links to agriculture, and officers are appealing to the farming community for help.

On the second anniversary of his death, detectives said a shoe print, found outside Mr Rubery’s cottage, could be linked to his murder.

Police believe the partial print of the sole, which was found outside Mr Rubery’s porch where his body was discovered, may be from a Nike trainer.

Detective chief inspector Mike Carter said: “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?”

Mr Rubery was killed at Crossing Cottage on Latteridge Road in Iron Acton sometime overnight on 28-29 April 2010.

He had returned to the property at about 10.45pm after attending a Masons’ dinner at a lodge in the area.

After letting himself through the gate of his property, he was brutally attacked and as a result sustained significant head injuries.

Officers believe that those responsible may have been waiting for him as he never made it into his home.

His son and daughter, Philip and Julie Rubery, released a statement saying: “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.

“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.”

Anyone with information on the murder is urged to call Avon and Somerset Police on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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