Fresh plea 11 years after murder in Mold

Published date: 04 February 2014 |
Published by: Robert Doman 
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A DETECTIVE investigating the unsolved murder of a postman remains determined to bring his killers to justice.

Father-of-one Paul Savage was beaten to death with a wooden baton while making his delivery round in Mold on this day 11 years ago.

The 30-year-old died in Wrexham’s Maelor Hospital after being found lying beside his delivery bike in the snow on Clayton Road with his mailbag at his side.

Paul’s mother has renewed her own plea for anyone with information about her son’s 2003 murder to come forward and told the Leader: “It will never go away.”

Despite a £100,000 reward, his killer, or killers, have never been caught.

Det Supt John Hanson of North Wales Police said: “Our determination to solve his murder has remained throughout the last 11 years and we would dearly like to get justice for his family.

“The investigation into an unsolved murder is never closed and we will continue to explore any new leads and utilise advances in technology that may help us bring Paul’s killers to justice.”

In the weeks following the murder, which occurred at around 7.30am near Bryn Gwalia School, North Wales Police confirmed they had received a huge response to their appeals for information.

They revealed two hooded males had been seen in the area around the time of the incident.

Paul’s murder was also the focus of a BBC Wales documentary entitled Wall of Silence.

In 2005, North Wales Police detectives said they knew what the motive was but they were not prepared to release the details.

And in 2010, officers re-visited the investigation with the inquiry leading to a fresh search of fields near the murder scene and new items undergoing forensic tests.

However, Paul’s family are still awaiting a conviction and his mother June White said: “As a family, we’ve moved on as far as we can but it will never go away.

“The people responsible are walking about getting on with their own lives.

“I wish I could do more but I can’t.

“I was looking through the archives the other night and not a day goes by when I don’t wonder what Paul would look like now.

“He had been enjoying his job and was just settling into the area – having moved there less than six months before this happened.

“I continue my plea for anyone with information to come forward until his killers are caught.”

Mrs White, 63, also revealed her husband and Paul’s stepfather, Lance, died from cancer six years ago without having ever seen justice.

“Hopefully I will have my day,” she added.

Mold town councillor Ray Dodd found Mr Savage’s unconscious body lying on the gateway to his house as he left for work.

This was the last mail delivery Mr Savage ever made.

“It happened at my front gate,” Cllr Dodd said. “Mine was his last delivery.

“I came out to get in my car and go to work. That was when I found his body.

“He was unconscious but I couldn’t really judge whether he was dead or alive.

“I called the police and they told me not to disturb anything. It was a great trauma.

“My only wish is that anyone with information gets in touch with North Wales Police.”

Det Supt Hanson said: “We know people change with the passage of time, as do associations and allegiances.

“I continue to encourage anybody who has new information about this murder to come forward and speak to the police.

“I understand people are sometimes reluctant to come forward in the aftermath of such a serious crime but I would like to reassure them there are special measures that can be put in place to protect witnesses in a serious case of this nature.

“There may be those who have been keeping secrets linked to Paul’s death for others. I would appeal to those people to come forward and speak to me.”

Speaking last year, retired Detective Chief Superintendent Chris Corcoran said he believed some people in Mold knew who killed Mr Savage.

“For the sake of the local community in Mold, this needs to be solved,” he said.

“Some people in the community have the answer. They know exactly what’s gone on. They know the people involved.”

Anyone who has any information should contact police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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