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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

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.

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More details released about Swindon cycle path murder

by Bob Constantine

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

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Police treating death of man in Swindon as murder

Wiltshire Police are appealing for information after a man was found dead on a cycle path in Swindon.

Police are treating the mans death as murder after he was found at midnight on last night on the cycle path which runs from the Town Centre to Rodbourne, near to Hawkesworth Trading Estate.

A formal identification has not yet been completed but the man is described as local and in his sixties.

The area has been cordoned off as forensic officers begin their investigations.

It is likely the cycle path will be closed for some time.

Detective Chief Inspector Sean Memory said, ‘We commenced a murder investigation and are appealing for anyone who was in the area between 10:30 pm-1230 am last night to contact us as they may have vital information to assist the investigation.’

Man dies after bring thrown from his car in collision

A man in his 30s has died after he was thrown from his vehicle after a collision between a Vauxhall Astra and a red van in Swindon. Officers are currently in the process of contacting his next of kin. The collision happened at 6.30am today on Thamesdown Drive, Swindon near to ASDA Walmart.

Another man in his 20s was taken to the Great Western Hospital in Swindon and is in a critical condition. A third man in his 50s,was removed from a vehicle as he was initially trapped. He was then taken to Bristol Royal Infirmary and is a stable condition.

The road is closed in both directions and is likely to remain closed for some time whilst investigators are on the scene. Two men have been arrested in connection with the incident. They have been taken to Gablecross police station.

Detectives continue to search remote farmland

Sian O'Callaghan Credit: Wiltshire Police

Detectives investigating the murder of a woman in Wiltshire will continue searching remote farmland later.

Christopher Halliwell Credit: Wiltshire Police

Officers recovered the boots Sian O'Callaghan was wearing on the night she vanished in a pond in Ramsbury last week. The 22-year-old was killed after leaving a nightclub in Swindon in 2011. Minicab driver Christopher Halliwell was jailed for life for her murder.

One of Sian's boots recovered from a pond in Ramsbury Credit: ITV News
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