Body found identified as Jayden Parkinson

Police have confirmed that a body found in a grave in Didcot in Oxfordshire is that of missing teenager Jayden Parkinson. Ben Blakeley has been charged with her murder.

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Specialist teams search in graveyard

The tent erected in the graveyard to allow specialist teams to work Credit: ITV Meridian

Thames Valley Police are working with specialist teams at All Saints Cemetery in connection with their search for the body of missing teenager Jayden Parkinson.

The 17-year-old went missing two weeks ago and her ex-boyfriend has been charged with her murder.

The blue tent where police are working in the graveyard Credit: Thames Valley Police

Securing grave 'difficult and highly sensitive operation'

Police said they have found "something significant" in a graveyard in All Saints' Church in Didcot, Oxfordshire, in the search for missing 17-year-old Jayden Parkinson.

An officer on scene at the All Saints' Church in Didcot, Oxfordshire. Credit: PA

Officers are in the process of securing a grave in an operation that Detective Chief Superintendent Andy Murray described as a "difficult and highly sensitive."


Police expect to be in graveyard for a 'number of days'

This afternoon we received some relevant information which leads us to concentrate our search efforts in the Great Western Cemetery and a specific grave within the cemetery.

We’re in the process of securing this grave and would like to emphasise that the family connected with this grave have been informed.

We will be here throughout the night and for a number of days. A tent has been erected which covers more than the specific grave we are focusing on.

The families of those in the graves nearby will be contacted by us and reassured that there will be no disturbance to these graves.


Jayden's family are 'living a nightmare'

Police have urged people to search their consciences as they called on witnesses to help with the search for missing teen Jayden Parkinson.

I think there are people out there that can significantly help us with this inquiry.

I do ask that they examine their memory and, if needs be, their conscience.

Think about Jayden's family who are living a nightmare in the run-up to Christmas.

If you've got anything significant to say, pluck up the courage to say it.

– Detective Chief Superintendent Andy Murray, Thames Valley Police

He urged anyone with any piece of information, no matter how insignificant it may seem, to call the police on 101 or contact Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.


Police appeal to find man with suitcase

Jayden Parkinson disappeared on 3 December Credit: Thames Valley Police

Thames Valley Police have appealed for anyone with information about the disappearance of teenager Jayden Parkinson who disappeared on 3rd December.

Detectives are especially keep to trace a man who was seen in the area with a large suitcase. Police said they have examined a number of suitcase already, but are still keen for anyone who may have seen the man to come forward.

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Jayden investigation: Boy charged

Thames Valley Police has charged a 17-year-old with assisting an offender.

The boy, from Didcot, was charged this morning with one count of assisting an offender between 3 December and 10 December.

The charge relates to the Jayden Parkinson murder investigation.

The boy has been remanded in custody to appear at Oxford Magistrates’ Court this afternoon.

Jayden accused to appear in court

Jayden Parkinson disappeared on 3 December. Credit: Thames Valley Police

A man charged with the murder of 17-year-old Jayden Parkinson has been remanded in custody to appear at Oxford Magistrates’ Court this morning.

Ben Blakeley, of Christchurch Road, Reading, has been charged with the murder following Jayden's disappearance on 3 December and has also been charged with perverting the course of justice.

A 17-year-old boy, who was also arrested on suspicion of murder, remains in police custody.

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