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South Yorkshire Police further appeal for information relating to the death of Martin Neil Radford AKA Ziggy and Ragsy.

Details of Incident

South Yorkshire Police have issued a new appeal for information relating to the unexplained death of Martin Neil Radford born 28 October 1957.

On Sunday 4th February 2018, the remains of Martin Radford were found in a field near to a property off Mitchell Street, Swaithe, Barnsley. The subsequent post mortem examination could not provide a cause of death, other than to say that Martin had been deceased a considerable amount of time. 

Enquiries conducted to date appear to show that the last time anyone saw or heard from Martin was around March 2015, when he was aged 57 years. It is understood that up to late 2014, he had been resident in the Kingstone area of Barnsley, but after this only limited information is known about his whereabouts.

Detectives are now re-appealing to anyone who has any information about Martin Radford that could assist in establishing how he came to his death.

Detective Inspector Rob Platts, who is leading this investigation says:

“If you know Martin Radford, AKA ‘Ziggy’or ‘Ragsy’ or have seen this man before and you have any information whatsoever about:

1) why he may have been in the Swaithe area of Barnsley?

2) where he was living or stopping around March 2015 or beyond?

3) who he was or may have been associating with around March 2015 or beyond?

4) whether you have any other information to assist in establishing how he came to his death?

then please provide information through the MIPP or alternatively contact South Yorkshire Police, quoting – Op Reims.”

“The family of Mr Radford are still quite understandably deeply upset about Martin’s death. We are therefore seeking information so to be able to provide answers to his family as to how he came to be, so they can finally draw some closure from this matter.”         

Contact Information

If you would prefer to speak with someone please contact the Major Crime Unit Incident Room on 01709 443528 (not staffed 24 hours) or 101 to report information quoting Operation REIMS.
Alternatively contact the independent crime fighting charity Crime stoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or