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South Yorkshire Police investigation into the Murder of Nora Tait in 2005. Public appeal for information.

Details of Incident

Nora Tait  69 years (previously known as Nora Watson) was found dead in her own home at 15 Stoneclose Avenue, Hexthorpe, Doncaster, shortly after 9.00am on Thursday the 13th of October 2005.  Despite extensive enquiries the person(s) responsible have not been brought to justice.

The Senior Investigating Officer Detective Chief Inspector Mark Oughton said:

"Nora was killed in the most horrific circumstances, and 15 years on, we are still very much committed to finding her killer, and bringing some element of closure for her family.  We have always believed that the answers as to what happened to Nora, and who killed her, lie within the local community."

"This inquiry has received an incredible amount of support from the public over the years, but I know that people's allegiances change over time.  I am urging anyone who holds information about Nora's death, that they have never previously shared, to come forward."

Investigators will also be taking advantage of advances in scientific techniques to re-examine evidence in Nora's case for previously undetected traces of DNA.

DCI Oughton continued "Advancing DNA technology regularly provides us with new opportunities in cases like this.  This has led to successes in other historic investigations and I am hopeful that it will lead to new lines of enquiry here."

"Nora's family deserve to know what happened to her.  If you have any information which you haven't previously shared, no matter how insignificant, there are a number of ways you can pass this to us.  If you don't feel comfortable speaking to police, you can give information anonymously".

Contact Information

If you would prefer to speak to someone please contact the Major Incident Room on 01709 443544 (not staffed 24 hours) or 101 to report information quoting incident 158 of  08/10/20.  Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via their website at