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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."

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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.

Swindon murder victim is named

We can confirm that the victim has been formally identified as Aulton Thomas Rogers, known as Tom. Mr Rogers, aged 60, lived alone in Walcott, Swindon. His family have been informed and are being supported by specialist family liaison officers.

Aulton Thomas Rogers died from multiple stab wounds Credit: Wiltshire Police

Mr Rogers is described as white, approximately 5'9 tall and of very slim build with grey hair. He was wearing black trousers, a black polo shirt and a khaki hoodie. The post mortem examination has been completed and confirmed that the cause of death was multiple stab wounds.

DCI Sean Memory said: "Our deepest sympathies are with the family and friends of Mr Rogers at this very difficult time. Mr Rogers was not known to police and there is no apparent motive for the attack.

We continue to work tirelessly on the case to identify those responsible and would ask anyone who knew Mr Rogers to contact us. This will help us to build a bigger picture of his lifestyle.

He worked at the Woodlands Edge Public house in Midwinter Close, Swindon and we know that he left the pub shortly before 10:30 pm on Thursday. I would particularly like to hear from anyone who saw Mr Rogers on Thursday night, any information will be dealt with in the strictest confidence."

Extra police patrols following murder in Swindon

Police are continuing to appeal for information regarding the murder of a man in Swindon.

Shortly before midnight on Thursday 26th June 2014, the man was found dead next to a path between Rodbourne and Swindon town centre. In excess of 60 lines of enquiry are being investigated by the teams from across the County and Avon & Somerset Police.

We know that there were a number of people who were near to the scene on Thursday evening and I am appealing for those people to come forward as they may have vital information to help the investigation. I am very keen to hear from anyone who knows of someone who sustained any injuries on Thursday night or who had blood on their clothing. We are able to eliminate from the investigation people who are not involved in the offence, so please do not be concerned that you may have wrongly identified someone."

– DCI Sean Memory

The seriousness of this case should not be underestimated and we continue to advise people to take on board the general personal safety advice we have issued. Enhanced patrols are being carried out across Swindon, and the pathway between Rodbourne and the Town Centre remains closed and is likely to stay closed into next week. Further to the provision last night our dedicated police point will be available this evening in the area of the town centre. Officers will provide advice to any concerned members of the community. "

– Local Commander, Superintendent Andrew Carr

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Extra police patrols after body found near town centre

Extra police patrols have been set up after a body was found near Swindon town centre. The man was found next to a path between Rodbourne and Swindon town centre. The path begins close to Swindon Railway Station and runs to the Oasis Leisure Centre.

In addition to extra patrols we are providing a police information point in Fleet Street from approximately 10pm this evening. Police officers will be available to offer reassurance and advice on personal safety when out and about. Staff at this information point will also be able to assist if anyone has information which may help the investigation.

– Superintendent Andrew Carr, Wiltshire Police

It is also important to stress the need for everyone to think about their own personal safety particularly during the night time and we encourage people to follow the below advice:

  • Avoid walking alone late at night
  • Make sure someone knows where you are going and when you expect to return
  • Consider carrying a personal alarm
  • Make sure your mobile phone is charged and you have sufficient credit
  • Use well-lit routes
  • Plan how you are getting home and use public transport if possible

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call Wiltshire Police via 101.

More details released about Swindon cycle path murder

Police in Wiltshire have released more information about what they're calling 'an extremely vicious attack', in which a man was killed last night. Officers in Swindon launched a murder inquiry after the discovery of a dead man in his sixties on a cycle path in Swindon. He had multiple stab wounds.

The man was found on the route between Rodbourne and Swindon town centre, close to the railway station. Police are trying to establish a motive for the killing. Bob Constantine reports.

Man found dead with stab wounds in Swindon

An investigation is underway after a man in his 60s has been found dead on a Swindon cycle path.

The man was found dead with multiple stab wounds across his body but the weapons have not been found yet.

The body was discovered before midnight on Thursday 26th June near to Swindon town centre and 100m from Swindon Railway station entrance.

A pedal cycle was also found at the scene and the pathway has been closed so a crime investigation team can work.

Although the motive for this murder remains unclear at this time, it would appear to be an extremely vicious attack. "We are currently exploring a number of lines of enquiries but are keen for the public's help in tracking down both the person/s responsible and the weapon/s used. "I'm convinced someone knows who is responsible. It is likely they may have had blood on their clothing or received an injury during the attack and could be acting suspiciously either last evening or today. "

– Sean Memory, Detective Chief Inspector

Man found dead on cycle path was stabbed to death

Police have confirmed that a man found dead on a cycle path in Swindon suffered multiple stab wounds.

A murder investigation is underway after the man was found on the cycle path which runs from the Town Centre to Rodbourne, near to Hawkesworth Trading Estate.

Detectives say it was an "extremely vicious attack".

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