Charges over pensioner's murder

Hertfordshire Constabulary has charged 55-year-old Ian McLoughlin with the murder of Graham Buck in Little Gaddesdenon Saturday, July 13. Mr. Buck had been stabbed to death after going to assist a neighbour who was being robbed.

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Man charged with pensioner's murder

Ian McLoughlin

Hertfordshire Constabulary has charged 55 year old Ian McLoughlin with the murder of Graham Buck in Little Gaddesdenon Saturday, July 13. Mr. Buck had been stabbed to death aftergoing to assist a neighbour who was being robbed.

Graham Buck

Ian McLoughlin, who is also charged with robbery and possession of cannabis will appear before Hatfield Remand Court tomorrow.

He was arrested in Tottenham in the early hours of yesterday morning by the Metropolitan Police. The arrest was made following investigations by detectives from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit.

Three further people were also arrested yesterday. Two of those have been charged with assisting an offender.

Three others arrested in north London

Three other people were arrested in Tottenham, north London, at the same time as McLoughlin, police said.

The 54-year-old man from Tottenham, 45-year-old woman from Edmonton, north London, and 50-year-old man from Hackney were arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender.

All four are being questioned at Hatfield police station, Hertfordshire Police said.

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McLoughlin was on day release

Ian John McLoughlin was on day release from Springhill prison in Aylesbury Credit: ITN

McLouglin was on day release from Springhill prison in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, after being convicted in 1992 and sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of 56-year-old Peter Halls, from Brighton.

McLoughlin was 22 years into a 25-year sentence, according to police, and was serving his sentence at Springhill.

He was also jailed for manslaughter in 1983 following the death of 49-year-old Len Delgatty, from Stoke Newington, north London. He was sentenced to 10 years for this offence which was later reduced to eight years on appeal.

Police said Mr Buck, who lived two doors away from Mr Cory-Wright, went to help Mr Cory-Wright after hearing shouting in his front garden.

Mr Cory-Wright was jailed for 30 months in 2011 for indecently assaulting a 10-year old boy in the 1970s. Mr Buck, a father-of-three and grandfather, and Mr Cory-Wright are not believed to be connected in any other way than being neighbours.

Detective Chief Superintendent Jeff Hill said Mr Buck, described as a retired financial industry worker, paid the "ultimate price" for intervening during the robbery at the home of an elderly neighbour.

Mr Buck leaves behind a wife, two sons and a daughter, two grandchildren and a former wife.

Man arrested over murder

Forensic officers arrive at the house in Little Gaddesden at the weekend Credit: ITN

A man was arrested today over the murder of a pensioner who was stabbed after going to the aid of his neighbour - a convicted paedophile - during a robbery.

After the death of Graham Buck on Saturday, Hertfordshire Police appealed for help in tracing 55-year-old Ian John McLoughlin who they wanted to question in connection with the stabbing.

McLoughlin, also known as Ian John Baker, was arrested in London at around 1am and is being questioned on suspicion of murder and robbery, the force said.

Mr Buck, 66, received fatal stab wounds when he responded to cries from the home of 86-year-old Francis Cory-Wright in the village of Little Gaddesden, near Berkhamsted.

Man murdered aiding neighbour named

A pensioner who was murdered while apparently trying to help his neighbour has been named by police.

Graham Buck, 66, was found dead in the village of Little Gaddesden, near Berkhamsted in Hertfordshire, on Saturday afternoon.

Hertfordshire Police said that, although formal identification has not taken place, they believe he is Mr Buck - contrary to former reports which named him as Dennis Skinner.

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Update on Berkhamsted murder hunt

Police are continuing their search for 55-year-old Ian John McLoughlin after a man, now known to be in his 60s, was found murdered in Little Gaddesden yesterday.

Officers have given an updated description of the man they are hunting:

He is described as being a white male, around 6ft tall with greying hair. That day he was believed to be wearing sunglasses, blue jeans or possibly three quarter length trousers and a dark, blue, light blue and white checked short sleeved shirt with a button down collar. He is of average build.

We also believe that he is in possession of a large amount of £50 and £20 notes which he may be using to pay for purchases. It is a substantial amount which he could be trying to conceal.

– DCI Martin Brunning from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit

McLoughlin has been called "a very dangerous man" by police. Anyone who spots the 55-year-old is asked not to approach him but to call 999 immediately.

Description of man hunted in connection with Berkhamsted murder

We urgently want to speak to Ian McLoughlin in connection with this offence. He is described as being a white male, around 6ft tall with straight greying collar length hair.

At the time of the incident he was wearing a short sleeve grey/military green t-shirt, He is of average build.

The public are asked not to approach him, please contact the police immediately on the 999 emergency number.

– Detective Chief Inspector Jerome Kent, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit

Police hunt for man in connection with Berkhamsted murder

55-year-old Ian John McLoughlin is also known as Ian John Baker
Police are trying to trace Ian John McLoughlin in connection with the incident. Credit: Hertfordshire Police

Police are searching for a 55-year-old man after a man is his 60s was found murdered in Berkhamsted.

Officers have released an image of Ian John McLoughlin, the man they would like to talk to, who is also known as Ian John Baker.

The victim was found dead at an address on Nettleden Road on Saturday afternoon.

A second man in his 80s has been taken to hospital with injuries that are not believed to be life threatening.