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Dramatic arrest of 28-year-old man by armed officers

Video. A 28-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder following the killing of Tom Rogers in Swindon. His body was found on a cycle path, known as "Muggers Alley", near the town's railway station last Thursday. His family have described him as a gentle man without an enemy in the world.

Eye witnesses described how armed officers surrounded a house before smashing through a front window to gain entry to detain the suspect.

Jonty Messer spoke to residents Malcolm Brownley and Sarah Bowd.

More pictures of Tom Rogers released by family

The family of Tom Rogers, who was murdered in Swindon, have released more pictures of him.

He has been described by family as a "kind, unassuming, gentle man with a happy heart."

Tom horse riding Credit: Wiltshire Police

The 60-year-old was found on a path between Rodbourne and Swindon town centre shortly before midnight on Thursday 26th June 2014.

A police cordon remains in place on a street in Swindon where a 28-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder.

Tom with his brother Roy Credit: Wiltshire Police

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Swindon Street still cordoned off

A police cordon remains in place on a street in Swindon where a man was arrested on suspicion of the murder of a cyclist

The 28-year-old was arrested at a home on Southbrook Street last night. The body of sixty-year old Tom Rogers was found with multiple stab wounds on an underpass last week. He'd left work at the Woodlands Edge Pub at ten thirty on Thursday night to cycle home.

The arrested man is also being held on suspicion of a separate incident of robbery and GBH in the same place last month. He has not been charged with any offence.

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Police cordon remains in place in Swindon street

A police tent outside a house in Swindon Credit: ITV News West Country

There is continuing police activity in the Southbrook Street area of Swindon this morning.A Police cordon and tent remains in place outside a house following the arrest of a 28 year old man on suspicion of murder following the death of Tom Rogers on Thursday evening.

The police cordon remains in place in Southbrook Street Credit: ITV News West Country

Wiltshire Police issued a statement last night:

"...... a 28 year old man from Swindon was arrested on suspicion of the murder of Aulton Thomas Rogers, who is known as 'Tom'.

He was also arrested on suspicion of a separate incident of Robbery and Grievous Bodily Harm with intent which occurred on Thursday 8th May 2014 at the same location.

He has been taken into custody at Gablecross Police Station.

Mr Rogers' family have been informed of this development.

It would be inappropriate to make any further comment at this stage."

28-year-old held after Swindon fatal stabbing

A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder in connection with the fatal stabbing on a cycle path. The 28-year-old was held by detectives investigating the murder of Aulton Thomas Rogers who was discovered dead on the cycle path 100 yards from Swindon railway station on Thursday night.

Police said Mr Rogers, 60, known as Tom, had been the victim of an "extremely vicious attack".

Mr Rogers, who worked at the Woodlands Edge pub, had left there around 10.30pm on Thursday night and was found shortly before midnight.

Wiltshire Police said the man under arrest had also been detained in connection with a separate allegation of robbery and grievous bodily harm which occurred in May at the same location.

We can confirm that a man has been arrested on suspicion of murder. A short time ago a 28-year-old man from Swindon was arrested on suspicion of the murder of Aulton Thomas Rogers. He was also arrested on suspicion of a separate incident of robbery and grievous bodily harm with intent which occurred on May 8 2014 at the same location. He has been taken into custody at Gablecross police station.

– Wiltshire Police

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Family remember Swindon murder victim

The family of a man who was murdered in a quiet cycle path in Swindon have released a tribute to him.

They say:

"Our brother, Tom Rogers, was a kind, unassuming, gentle man with a happy heart. He was a very quiet person, a hard worker and a man of simple tastes and means.

"We are fortunate that just a couple of weeks ago we were able to spend some wonderful time with him. Words cannot describe the sadness and devastation we all feel at this time. We sincerely appreciate all of the thoughts, prayers and support we have received.

"We would like to thank the Police and Community Services for their compassion and professionalism. We would also like to thank the media for their respectful and sensitive coverage of the incident. We appeal to anybody who may be able to help the police with their investigations."

Son's tribute to Swindon murder victim

David Rogers, 35, son of Tom Rogers (Aulton Thomas Rogers), has issued a tribute to his father.

"Dad was sociable and well liked. He worked hard at the pub and I would often meet him there.

"It hasn’t sunk in that my Dad is gone and that I won’t be able to spend time with him anymore. I really feel his loss and will always miss my Dad.

"I would like anybody who knows anything about what happened to my Dad to please call the Police."

Police renew appeal after man murdered in cycle path

A 60-year-old man was found dead on a cycle path in Swindon Credit: Wiltshire Police

Police are appealing for information about the murder of a man on a Swindon cycle path.

Aulton Thomas Rogers, aged 60, was found on a path between Rodbourne and Swindon town centre shortly before midnight on Thursday 26th June 2014.

His pedal cycle was also found at the scene and he was wearing black trousers, a dark coloured polo and khaki hoodie.

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