Tony Martin was released from jail in 2003

Farmer confronts another burglar

Farmer Tony Martin, who was jailed for shooting dead a burglar in 1999, has said he confronted a burglar on his property in Cambridgeshire.

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Wisbech murder arrest

A man has been arrested after a pensioner was found stabbed to death and set alight in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire.

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Woman remanded over ditch murders

A woman, charged with stabbing to death three men whose bodies were found in ditches in Cambridgeshire, has appeared in court.

Joanna Dennehy, 30, from Peterborough, is accused of three counts of murder after the bodies of Kevin Lee, 48, Lukasz Slaboszewuski, 31, and John Chapman, 56, were discovered. Dennehy did not enter a plea and will appear in court again on July 17.

Mr Lee, who was found in a ditch in Newborough on March 30 and Mr Chapman, found at Thorney Dyke on April 3 are both said to have been killed on March 29.

Mr Slaboszewski, also found at Thorney Dyke on April 3, is said to have been killed 10 days earlier.

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Farmer Tony Martin "There were weapons inside the shed so, if I had wanted to fight him off, I could have"

Tony Martin was living alone at his farmhouse in Emneth Hungate, Norfolk, nicknamed Bleak House, when he caught Brendon Fearon, then 29, and Fred Barras, 16, inside his house.

He fired his shotgun three times towards the intruders, killing Barras.

He was initially jailed for nine years after being convicted of murder but the conviction was reduced to manslaughter on appeal and his sentence was reduced to three years.

The case provoked a national debate about the measures homeowners can take to defend their property.

Speaking about the latest incident, Mr Martin, who no longer lives in Emneth Hungate, said he was visiting the shed when he saw the man attempting to steal car batteries.

"There were weapons inside the shed so, if I had wanted to fight him off, I could have.

"I wished I had but, after everything I've been through in the past, I just couldn't face all that hassle again.

"It isn't the first time it's happened since I've been out of prison - it's happened two or three times.

"I haven't changed my views about what happened in 1999 but the whole experience has made me lose faith in the system and I didn't want to be made out as the criminal again."

– Tony Martin, Farmer
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Farmer 'confronts another burglar'

Tony Martin was released from jail in 2003
Tony Martin was released from jail in 2003 Credit: PA Images

Farmer Tony Martin, who was jailed for shooting dead a burglar in 1999, has said he confronted a burglar on his property yesterday.

Mr Martin, who was convicted of murder following the 1999 incident but later saw this reduced to manslaughter, said he caught the burglar in the act near an outbuilding at his property near Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, yesterday.

He said the would-be burglar drove off when he confronted him and he decided not to attempt to stop him, adding: "I couldn't face going through all that again."

A spokesman for Norfolk Police said: "Police were called to reports of an attempted burglary of outbuildings at a property in Wisbech at around 1.20pm yesterday. Inquiries are ongoing."

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Two arrests after body found in ditch near Peterborough

Cambridgeshire police have arrested two people after a body was found in a ditch near Peterborough Credit: ITV Anglia

Murder squad detectives in Cambridgeshire have arrested two people they were trying to trace after a body was discovered in a ditch by the A16 near Peterborough on Saturday.

Gary Stretch and Joanna Dennehy are now helping police with their enquiries.

Man arrested on suspicion of murder

A 23-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a man's body was found in a ditch in Peterborough.

The body was found close to the A16 at Newborough on Saturday. The man was reported missing on Good Friday and his car was found burnt out in Yaxley.

A post-mortem examination revealed he died from stab wounds.

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Una Crown murder- man bailed

Una Crown who was found murdered at her home in Wisbech Credit: Cambridgeshire Police

A MAN arrested on suspicion of the murder of Una Crown in Wisbech has been bailed.

The 58 year old had been arrested yesterday morning (Thursday). He has been released on bail pending further enquiries.

Mrs Crown, 86, was discovered in her home in Magazine Lane on Sunday, January 13. She was last seen alive on the morning of Friday, January 11, but had spoken to a friend by telephone on the Saturday.

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Murder detectives keen to trace three men

Una Crown pictured with her late husband

Detectives investigating the murder of Wisbech pensioner Una Crown want to trace three men seen near her home on the night of her death.

The men were reportedly seen in Magazine Lane, near Mrs Crown's home, between 11.30pm and 11.45pm on Saturday, January 12.

Mrs Crown's body was discovered at 10:45am the next day. Mrs Crown had been stabbed in the chest and neck. Her body was then set on fire in a bid to cover the crime.

Detective Chief Inspector Jon Hutchinson said: "We are very keen to identify these three men who were seen in the area of Magazine Lane as they may hold vital information which could help our investigation."

A £10,000 reward has been offered by independent charity Crimestoppers for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the murder.

Anyone with any information should call the Major Crime Unit on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.

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