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Two boys charged with murdering Spalding man

Detectives investigating the death of a man in Spalding in August have charged two more juveniles with his murder.

The two boys will appear before Lincoln Magistrates this morning over the death of Warren Free and are then expected to appear at Lincoln Crown Court later this afternoon.

Of the seven youths arrested in connection with Warren Free's death, three have already been charged with murder, one boy remains on bail, and the remaining juvenile will have no further police action taken against him.

Five individuals have now been charged but an active investigation into Mr Free’s murder continues. Even at this stage, the public may have some detail which could be very important to the enquiry and I reiterate my previous appeals to anyone with information, however insignificant it may seem, to contact the investigation team.

– Senior Investigating Officer, DCI Martin Holvey

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Bedfordshire air crash: Tribute to dead pilot

The pilot who died when his light aircraft crashed in Bedfordshire was 46-year-old Stephen Spavins from Spalding.

Investigators sift through the wreckage Credit: ITV Anglia

Pete Jarvis, Chief Flying Instructor, Bedford Microlite Airsports at Sandy Airfield has been paying tribute. He knew Stephen for 6 and a half years.

"Steve was one of life's absolute gentlemen. He adored his family and he loved his flying. He always had a happy smile on his face. If somebody had a problem with their aircraft he'd sort it out."

– Pete Jarvis, Chief Flying Instructor, Bedford Microlite Airsports
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Police name pilot who was killed in Bedfordshire plane crash

Stephen Spavins from Spalding lost his life when his single seater came down in a field near Tempsford. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Police have named a pilot who was killed when his light aircraft collided with another plane over the Bedfordshire countryside yesterday.

46-year-old Stephen Spavins from Spalding lost his life when his single seater came down in a field near Tempsford on the Cambridgeshire-Bedfordshire border.

It followed a mid-air collision with another single seater which was able to land safety.

The Air Accident Investigation Board is continuing to investigate.

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Picture: Light aircraft left in ruins after mid-air Bedfordshire crash

The light aircraft was destroyed by the collision. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The pilot of a light aircraft has died after a mid-air collision with another plane over the Bedfordshire countryside.

The other plane involved in the collision was able to land safely at nearby Thurleigh airfield. Credit: ITV News Anglia

One of the aircraft crash landed in a field , while the other was able to land nearby.

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch arrive to investigate. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Air accident investigators are still at the scene near the A1(M) on the Bedfordshire Cambridgeshire border.

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Children bailed in Spalding murder probe

Seven children arrested following the death of a man who suffered a serious head injury have been released on police bail.

Warren Free, 42, was airlifted to hospital after he was found injured at an address in Spalding, Lincolnshire, on Thursday.

The victim, from Coronation Close, in Spalding, died the next day at Nottingham's Queen's Medical Centre and police are treating his death as murder.

Five boys and two girls who were arrested as part of the murder investigation have been bailed, Lincolnshire Police said. None of the children's ages have been released by police.

Detective Chief Inspector Martin Holvey said: "In the early hours of last Thursday morning, we know that there was an incident involving Mr Free and a group of youths, and that he sustained injuries which subsequently led to his death.

"At present, I cannot confirm the cause of death as further tests need to be carried out.

"Our investigation is continuing into the circumstances leading up to Mr Free's death.

"This is a very unusual incident for Lincolnshire as a county, and specifically for the Spalding area.

"I would like to thank the public in the town for the help they have given so far, but continue to appeal to anyone who knew Mr Free, and who has any information, no matter how insignificant it may seem, to contact the Incident Room".

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Four boys held in Spalding murder enquiry

Another four boys have been arrested after the death of a man who was airlifted to hospital with a serious head injury.

Warren Free, 42, died yesterday at Nottingham's Queen's Medical Centre and police are treating his death as murder.

The victim, from Coronation Close, Spalding, Lincolnshire had been found injured at an address in Spalding on Thursday.

Two girls and a boy were arrested yesterday in connection with Mr Free's death. One girl has been released on bail, while the other boy and girl remain in custody, Lincolnshire Police said.

Another four boys have been arrested today in connection with the police investigation, the force added.

None of the children's ages have been released by police.

Following Mr Free's death, Community Inspector Jim Tyner, said:

Coronation Close is a close-knit community and I know many will be affected by what has happened.

My officers will be carrying out extra patrols in the area and I would urge residents to approach them with any concerns.

Detective Chief Inspector Martin Holvey, said:

We are continuing to investigate the circumstances in which Mr Free sustained the injuries that led to his subsequent death and I am appealing to anyone with information that may assist the enquiry to contact the major incident room by calling 101 and quoting incident 161 of August 28.

Spalding murder inquiry: man named

Detectives investigating the death of a 42 year-old Spalding man are continuing to interview three juveniles - two girls and a boy. The dead man has been named as Warren Free, of Coronation Close.

We are continuing to investigate the circumstances in which Mr Free sustained the injuries that led to his subsequent death and I am appealing to anyone with information that may assist the enquiry to contact the major incident room by calling 101 and quoting incident 161 of 28th August

– Senior Investigating Officer, DCI Martin Holvey
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