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£5,000 reward after Stevenage murder

Thomas Ward Credit: ITV Anglia

A reward of up to £5,000 is being offered by Crimestoppers for information after a man was shot dead as his young family slept nearby in Stevenage.

Thomas Ward, who was 21 years old and a father to his five day old daughter Lilly was murdered on Dyes Lane, Stevenage on Tuesday April 23rd as he lay in bed with his wife Theresa.

Three men with their faces covered are believed to have attacked his caravan before Thomas came out of the caravan and was shot in the chest. He then ran from the caravan before being found by his family unconscious in undergrowth nearby.

The men are believed to have escaped in a white Audi A3.

Detective Inspector Sharn Basra, from the Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit said: “I would like to thank Crimestoppers for putting forward such a large reward to help with our investigation.

“This was a horrific murder which was carried out in cold blood. It has left a young infant without her father, a woman without her husband and a family without their son and brother.

“Whilst a large number of enquiries are being made, I am hoping that someone will be able to provide information which can help us identify those responsible."

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Murder investigation launched in Luton

A murder investigation has been launched after a 19 year old man was fatally stabbed in Luton.

Police were called to a disturbance at Milliners Court. The man was taken at the Luton and Dunstable Hospital but died soon after arrival.

A 19 year old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder and is being questioned by detectives.

Pair deny Chittering murder

Llywelyn Thomas Credit: Cambridgeshire Police

Two men have denied the murder of a pensioner near Ely in a suspected botched burglary. Llywelyn Thomas, 76, was discovered at his home in Ely Road, Chittering, Cambridgeshire, on December 18th, 2011. He was last seen alive the previous evening.

Frankie Parker, 25, of Nene Road, Ely, and Gary Smith, 20, of no fixed address, pleaded not guilty at the Old Bailey to the murder of Mr Thomas.

Earlier, at the same court, a third man, John Smith, 66, of Wold Gate, Bridlington, East Yorkshire, denied assisting an offender.

Parker and Gary Smith were remanded in custody, while John Smith was granted conditional bail.

The judge, Mr Justice Singh, said there will be hearing for the case at the Old Bailey on May 24, and the trial is due to start at Cambridge Crown Court on July 1.

Could van hold the clue to Luton murder?

The scene of the shooting in Brunel Road in Luton Credit: ITV Anglia

Detectives investigating the fatal shooting of a man in Luton are looking for a white Transit style van seen in the area at the time of the attack.

The victim, named locally as 46 year old Paul Foster, died after being shot outside a house in Brunel Road.

He was driven to hospital by friends but doctors were unable to save him.

Murder investigation continues

Cambridgeshire Police investigate Easter murder Credit: ITV News

Police are continuing to investigate a murder near Peterborough after the body of a man was found in a ditch near the A16 at Newborough on Saturday morning.

The victim went missing on Good Friday and his car was found burnt out at Yaxley.

A post mortem revealed he died from stab wounds.

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Police name murder victim

Police at the scene in Hemel Hempstead Credit: ITV News

Police have named the victim of a murder in Hemel Hempstead in Hertfordshire.

The body of Thomas Baird, 63, was found after a fire at his home in Westerdale at the weekend.

Mr Baird died of trauma to the head and neck, and stab wounds to the chest.

A 30-year-old man from Hemel Hempstead remains in custody having been arrested on Saturday on suspicion of murder.

Anyone with information should contact the Major Crime Unit via the non-emergency number 101.

Murder trial jury dismissed

Rachel Manning, whose body was found at Woburn Golf Club in December 2000. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The jury in the trial of Shahidul Ahmed, accused of the murder of teenager Rachel Manning in 2000, has been dismissed after failing to reach a verdict.

The jury at Luton Crown Court spent a total of 24 hours and 20 minutes trying to reach a decision before being dimissed by the judge.

Rachel Manning, 19, was found strangled in undergrowth at Woburn Golf Club in December 2000.

Her boyfriend Barri White was convicted of murder but acquitted in 2008, after serving six years in jail.

Shahidul Ahmed, 41, of Chestnut Crescent, Bletchley, denied murder. The prosecution has asked for a retrial

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