Detectives have issued a renewed appeal for information on the 15th anniversary of an arson attack that resulted in the death of an elderly resident in Wakefield.

The victim, Léa Florentina Brooke, aged 81, perished in the fire caused by the deliberate pouring of white spirit through her letterbox at her residence on Walton Lane, Sandal. The incident occurred just after 1:30 am on November 10, 2008.

Despite the passage of time, no clear motive has been established for the attack. The Homicide and Major Enquiry Team of West Yorkshire Police has diligently kept the case under review, striving to identify the individual or individuals responsible for Léa’s tragic murder.

Detective Chief Inspector Damian Roebuck is now leading the investigation.

“Léa was a mother and a grandmother, and her murder was a huge shock to the local community, as well as her family and friends.

“As we approach the 15th anniversary of this tragic event, we continue to appeal for any information about the person or persons responsible for causing her death.

“We continue to believe the answers Léa’s family are so desperately seeking will be found in the local community and would ask for anyone who has any kind of information about this matter to come forward, as they may have that vital piece of evidence which could lead to a significant development in this case.

“15 years is a long time and it is possible that allegiances may have changed within this period. If you know anything about what happened on that night in Sandal then I urge you to come forward and speak with my team.”

Individuals possessing relevant information are encouraged to contact the Homicide and Major Enquiry Team at 101 or through the online chat facility, citing Operation Pitkennedy.

Additionally, information can be shared anonymously with the independent charity Crimestoppers at 0800 555111 or online.