Reward offered for information in Leicester murder inquiry

A reward of £10,000 is being offered for information following the death of a man in Wigston.

Howard Staff, 66, was injured during a burglary at his home address in Gibson Close on Monday (13 January). A man entered the house and assaulted Mr Staff and his brother.

The man then left the house taking a small amount of cash with him in a clear plastic takeaway box. He left the address heading along Kings Drive, towards Aylestone Lane.

Mr Staff suffered a number of chest injuries and died in hospital in the early hours of Tuesday (14 January) morning.


From a description given to Police, it is believed the man was white and in his 30s. He was wearing dark coloured trousers and a dark coloured top and may have been wearing a cap.

Officers would like to speak to anyone who saw someone matching this description.

Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Inspector Jonathan Blockley is leading the investigation. He said: “From enquiries carried out so far, I believe the answer to who was responsible for the death of Mr Staff lies within the community.”

“Mr Staff has been described as a “gentle man” by his family who was no threat to anyone. He was at home, as he would be ordinarily, when a man entered and stole his cash.”

“An elderly man has died and his brother was left injured by the intruder and we owe it to the family to find who was responsible.”

The burglary took place at Gibson Close in Wigston

“At the time of the burglary it was daylight when people would have been out and about doing the school run, shopping or driving through.”

“Any information, no matter how small, could prove invaluable to our investigation.”

The independent charity Crimestoppers is offering a reward of up to £10,000 for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible.

Please note: the reward will only be offered if you contact Crimestoppers directly, either online at or via freephone 0800 555 111.

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