Ripley investigation: man charged with murder

Detectives have charged a 40-year-old man from Harrogate with the murder of Mark Leslie John Berney, aged 44, from Knaresborough.

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Ripley murder victim named by police

Mark Leslie John Berney Credit: North Yorkshire Police

A man who died from stab wounds on Sunday 3 August has been named by police as Mark Leslie John Berney, 44-years-old, from Knaresborough.

Officers re-opened the B6165 at Whipley Bank on Monday 4 August. The section of road had been cordoned off while searches were carried out at the scene.

The suspect - who is aged 40 and from Harrogate - remains in police custody for questioning while enquiries continue.

Detective Superintendent Dai Malyn, Head of the Major Crime Unit, said: “At this time we are not looking for another person or anticipate further arrests in connection with the case.”

Anyone with information that could assist the investigation should contact North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 2, and ask for theMajor Crime Unit.

Information can also be passed to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 quoting 12140130641 when providing information about this incident.

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