DETECTIVES investigating the death of a pensioner who died more than 10 years ago after being burgled have made arrests in Worcestershire.

Albert Ryall, aged 75, was found dead at his home – the Hop Pole Inn in Risbury, between Bromyard and Leominster – in November 2000.

An inquest ruled Mr Ryall died of a heart attack after being assaulted by burglars.

Seven men were arrested days after his death, but were later released without charge.

West Mercia Police officers made four arrests yesterday morning after reopening the investigation in May.

Two men were arrested at addresses in Worcestershire and a further two in Herefordshire. They were all arrested on suspicion of manslaughter.

A £10,000 reward has been offered for information leading the arrest and conviction of those responsible for Mr Ryall’s death.

The arrested men were being held at a police station in Herefordshire as the Worcester News went to press.

Detective chief inspector Andy Hughes said: “I am repeating my appeal for anyone with any information, no matter how small, to contact the police.

“Albert Ryall’s family have spent more than 10 years in limbo and need to know what happened.

“I want to reassure them and the wider community that we are vigorously investigating Mr Ryall’s death and these arrests are part of our renewed efforts to find those responsible.

“We know there are people who have information that would be vital to our investigation.

“It’s been a long time since his death.

"People’s situations and loyalties may have changed and I want to appeal to them to think again about coming forward and putting an end to the Ryall family’s distress.

“I want them to feel confident that they can come forward and all information will be treated in the strictest of confidence.

“I am searching for the truth. While that search continues, this investigation will not go away.”

Anyone with information should call 0300 333 3000.