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13 March 2013, 16:56
Police in South Yorkshire have arrested three men over the murder of a missing 56 year old man.
Thomas Christopher Groome, 56, was last seen on New Year's Day 2010 after spending the Christmas of 2009 with family in Barnsley and New Year celebrations with family in Doncaster.
Thomas left his son's house in Thorne on New Year's Day, and his family understood that he was travelling to Portugal where he intended to settle and start up a small business.
He was last seen driving a distinctive 2002, left-hand drive, black, sporty-looking VW Golf.
Thomas' family became concerned when they were unable to make contact with him over the following months and reported him as a missing person to the police in England and Portugal.
Since 2010, South Yorkshire Police has been investigating the disappearance of Thomas with assistance from authorities in Portugal and the Republic of Ireland.
Tommy Groome's family in England, his sons, sisters, nieces and nephews say they are desperate to find out what has happened to Tommy.
In a family statement; "We never believed that he would simply disappear and not keep in touch, this is a difficult time for us, but we hope that the police investigation can find out what has happened to Tommy, because we miss him very much.
"We ask as a family that if any person has any information about Tommy's disappearance that they contact the police.
"We also ask that while the investigation is progressing that we as a family be given some privacy as we try to come to terms with what is happening."
The three men arrested are a 36 year old man from the Wheatley area of Doncaster and a 23 year old and a 56 year old both from the Bentley area of Doncaster.