THE intensive search for clues that could help solve the case of the death of shopkeeper Gurmail Singh continues tonight.
Police will be stopping people near Cowcliffe Convenience Stores – exactly a week after the death of its much-loved shopkeeper.
Officers are carrying out an ‘information seek’ between 6pm today and 10 am tomorrow in the hope of gathering more evidence that may help the investigation.
A West Yorkshire Police spokesman said: “Officers will be stopping cars and speaking to people in the area. The hope is that they may jog people’s memories and acquire further information that may help the inquiry.”
It comes as magistrates granted detectives more time to question two 17-year-old boys arrested on suspicion of murder and robbery on Thursday.
An 18-year-old man is also still in custody and is being quizzed by the homicide and major enquiry team.
Mr Singh, 63, died after being bludgeoned at least nine times with a weapon, probably a hammer.
He was discovered in the shop in a pool of blood at about 8.30pm and died in the early hours of Sunday.
Witnesses reported seeing two hooded youths standing outside the Cowcliffe Hill Road shop, as two ransacked the inside.
Despite brave efforts by a number of onlookers to catch the perpetrators, they were unable to stop them escaping.
Saturday’s incident followed a raid at the shop two days earlier and police believe the two are connected.
Det Supt Dave Pervin, who is leading the murder investigation, was keen to stress Thursday’s arrests did not signal the end of the investigation.
He said people involved in the attack may still be at large and indicated there were likely to be further arrests.
The Cowcliffe community continues to struggle to come to terms with the death of a man renowned for his dedicated service to customers.
Floral tributes outside the house of Mr Singh’s family on Cowcliffe Hill Road have grown daily.
A message on one bouquet read: “In memory of a gentle gentleman.”
Another, in a child’s handwriting, said: “You were a nice man. Very kind all the time. Helpful. Shouldn’t have been killed. You had a nice shop.”
More than 5,000 people have now joined a Facebook group dedicated to Mr Singh’s memory, called RIP Mr Singh.
Hundreds more have signed up to a group called Justice for Gurmail Singh.
A memorial service for Mr Singh will be held at the Sikh temple on Prospect Street in Springwood tomorrow from 10.30am. Anyone is welcome to attend.
Anyone with information for police should call 0845 6060606 or Crimestoppers, in confidence, on 0800 555111 or text 07786200805.