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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."

Fresh appeal after museum theft

Stolen Chinese artefact Credit: Cambridgeshire Police

Detectives have launched a fresh appeal for information in a bid to recover priceless Chinese artefacts stolen from a Cambridge museum.

Eighteen Chinese artefacts from the Ming and Qing dynasties were taken by a gang of burglars from the Fitzwilliam Museum on April 13, last year.

Three people have each been jailed for six years for their roles in the burglary, a teenage boy was also locked up after admitting burglary. A substantial reward has been issued by the loss adjusters, for information which leads to the recovery of the stolen property.

Detective Inspector Becky Tipping said: "Sadly the items, which are of huge cultural significance, have still not been traced but we still have a team of detectives working to trace those items and would urge anyone with information to call police.


Reward offered after latest Luton shooting

Police at the scene of the latest shooting in Luton Credit: ITV Anglia

A £1,000 reward is being offered after a 16-year-old boy was left in a serious condition in hospital after being shot in the back in Luton yesterday (Saturday).

The teenager was gunned down early yesterday morning.

Armed police are today continuing to patrol the area around Thricknells Close, Marsh Farm, to help reassure concerned members of the public, Bedfordshire Police said.

Patrols are being doubled and officers will be stopping and searching people as they hunt for those responsible for the shooting.

Asst Chief Const Andrew Richer said: "We understand that there will be a number of law-abiding citizens who will be affected by this action.

"However, we hope that they will understand that this action is being taken to keep them and their loved ones safe and they will agree with us that this level of criminality will not be tolerated.

"These measures are being used to ensure those who commit these crimes are stopped."

£10,000 reward for information on murder

Una Crown's home in Wisbech Credit: ITV Anglia

A reward of up to £10,000 is being offered for information which leads to the arrest and conviction of Una Crown's killer.

Crimestoppers has put up the reward in a bid to help police catch the offender responsible for the murder of the 86-year-old in Wisbech.

Una Crown's body was discovered in her bungalow in Magazine Lane at 10.45am on Sunday, January 13. A post-mortem examination found she had died from stab wounds to her neck and chest. Her clothing was set on fire after her death in an apparent effort to hide her injuries and destroy evidence.

If anyone knows anything at all about what happened they should contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through the secure online form at [http://www.crimestoppers-uk.