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Postman murder - family's questions
Paul Savage
Paul Savage was attacked as he was delivering mail
The mother of a postman murdered delivering mail 12 months ago has spoken of her anguish at knowing his killers are still at large.

Father-of-one Paul Savage, 30, died in hospital on 4 February 2003 after he was assaulted as he delivered mail in Mold.

One year on, and his widow, his mother June White and the man who found him dying in his driveway, have joined North Wales Police in a renewed appeal for information.

His mother said she stills wants the killers caught and her questions answered.

"What were his last words? We'll never know," Mrs White said.

The grim discovery of a dying postman at my front gate has not faded from my memory
Ray Dodd
"Who did he shout for that morning? Did he shout for his little princess?"

Mr Savage, originally from Sale in Greater Manchester, died in hospital from head injuries.

He had been struck on the head several times with a wooden baton.

He was discovered in a pool of blood on the driveway of the home of Flintshire County Councillor Ray Dodd.

Mr Dodd said: "It's difficult to believe that a whole year has flown... the grim discovery of a dying postman at my front gate has not faded from my memory."

"Almost 90% of all murders are solved....I'm not party to any of the matters the police themselves are pursuing but I do know their frustration.

"With little forensic evidence, the police continue to make it clear that they need the community's help."

Widow's appeal
Paul's mother, June White
Appeal: June White wants justice for her murdered son

He added: "I've got a room available at County Hall where people can meet with me in private......please get in touch."

Detective Chief Inspector Dave Loftus, who is heading the investigation, said inquires are continuing.

He renewed his appeal for members of the community to come forward.

Speaking on Monday, Mrs White said Paul's widow, Charlotte, "never thought she'd still be appealing for help in catching his killers".

In a written statement, Charlotte said she was "honoured to have so many wonderful memories of Paul".

She said: "Our daughter received an award at school last week, she said 'Daddy would've been so proud'."

After Mr Savage's death, it was revealed that he had a number of criminal convictions.

Despite a detailed reconstruction, Royal Mail's 25,000 reward and intensive efforts by police to trace the killer, the murderer has never been caught.

Anyone who has any information is being asked to ring a confidential hotline on 01352 707500.




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