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Police launch murder inquiry after child's death

Thames Valley Police are appealing for witnesses

A murder investigation has been launched after the death of a young child in Oxfordshire.

Officers from Thames Valley Police were called to Bromsgrove cottages in Faringdon at about 1.20pm, on arriving they found the body of the young child. A 40-year-old woman arrested on suspicion of murder is being questioned by police.

“Following the discovery of a deceased child, we have launched a murder investigation.

“The next of kin have been informed and we are offering support to them.

“We are in the very early stages of this investigation and an arrest has been made in connection with this incident.

“We would ask anyone with information to please call 101 quoting reference 730 (14/03).

“If you do not want to speak directly to the police you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers (opens new window) anonymously on 0800 555 111. No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.”

– Det Insp Dave Hubbard, Major Crime Unit

“This is a very shocking discovery and I am aware it may have a very direct impact on the community of Faringdon.

“In light of this incident there will be an increased police presence in the area to provide reassurance and we would advise any members of the community affected by this incident to speak to one of the Neighbourhood Policing Team.

– Supt Rory Freeman, LPA Commander for South and Vale of White Horse

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Police investigate sudden unexplained death of baby

Thames Valley Police has launched an investigation into the sudden unexplained death of a baby in Oxfordshire.

The Force received a report at 2.57am on Monday that an 11-week-old boy had collapsed at a property in Faringdon at 6pm the previous evening. The boy had been taken to the Great Western Hospital, Swindon, by ambulance and was later transferred to the Bristol Royal Hospital for Children where he sadly died of his injuries at 10.30pm last night.

A 21-year-old man from Faringdon was arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm on Monday and has been released on police bail until 2 February next year. A postmortem examination will be carried out today.

Thames Valley Police is treating the death as suspicious at this stage and an intensive investigation has been launched. However, I would like to stress that this is a very complex case and we are keeping an open mind as to the cause at this moment. The Force’s specially trained Family Liaison Officers are currently with the family, at this extremely distressing time.

– Det Ch Insp, Kevin Brown

Acid spill at church car park in Oxfordshire

A church car park was closed after 25 litres of Hydrochloric acid spilled from a container in Faringdon, Oxfordshire. It happened at 10.15am yesterday. The container and the spill were quickly contained and cleared up by Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue crews dressed in protective equipment.

Incident Commander Station Manager Mike Adcock said: 'The quick action of members of the public in calling the Fire and Rescue Service, enabled the service to arrive promptly and effectively deal with the spill.'