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Van seized in Shaun James murder investigation

Shaun James was murdered after leaving a pub in Cinderford in 2002 Credit: Family

A van police believe could be linked to the murder of a Forest of Dean man has been seized by detectives. It is being examined by forensics officers.

Shaun James was found dead in a lane near Cinderford in 2002. He was thought to have been involved in a hit and run but his death has now been classified as murder.

Officers say another van seen on CCTV has been eliminated from the inquiry.

There is now a £10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for the murder of Shaun James.

While it has been over 12 years since Shaun's death, forensic science has moved on a great deal in that time, which gives me hope we may recover evidence from the van.

In the meantime can I please continue to appeal to people for more information. We're going to be handing out leaflets again this week in Cinderford, urging people to come forward, and I'm sure there are still people out there who know something but haven't talked to us yet.

There is up to £10,000 available now in reward money and I would remind people that we have trained detectives in our incident room who can help allay any fears people may have.

– Detective Chief Inspector Steve Porter, Gloucestershire Police

Crimestoppers offers £5000 reward for information on Shaun James' murder

The independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers is offering a reward of up to £5000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for the murder of Shaun James.

The money is in addition to a further £5000 reward currently being offered by Gloucestershire Police.

Mr James was found dead on a lane off Steam Mills Road in Cinderford just after 7pm on 15 December 2002. Gloucestershire Police believe the 32-year-old was deliberately run over. He was seen having an argument with the driver of a white Ford Transit type van earlier in the evening. The van was later seen leaving the lane at speed.

Despite a thorough police investigation in the 12 years since the murder, no-one has been brought to justice for Shaun’s death.

This is an awful crime where a young man lost his life in horrendous circumstances.

The person or people responsible need to be brought to justice and we would urge anyone who knows what happened to contact us anonymously.

You have nothing to fear by contacting Crimestoppers. We do not take personal details and we cannot trace calls or information given online. You will not have to give a statement to police or appear in court.

– Tony Butler, Chairman of Crimestoppers’ Gloucestershire committee


Police release new CCTV footage of van they believed was used by Shaun James' killer

Police believe the killer could have used this van Credit: Gloucestershire Constabulary

Detectives investigating the murder of Shaun James have issued previously unreleased footage of a white van they now believe could have been the vehicle used by the killer.

The CCTV footage can be viewed here.

The development comes on the twelfth anniversary of Shaun’s death and officers are hoping the images will prompt more people to come forward with information.

In particular it is hoped that several people who have called in anonymously will phone the incident room again.

Shaun was 32 when he was run over in Steam Mills Road on the evening of December 15th, 2002.

Police who investigated at the time believed the incident was a hit and run but were unable to identify the driver.

Now, the officer in charge of the case is convinced Shaun was taken in a van to Steam Mills Road before being deliberately run over and killed.

After reviewing all the CCTV from the time we’ve recovered footage of a white van in the centre of Cinderford immediately after the incident.

It is seen a number of times between 7.07pm and 7.30pm, firstly in Cinderford High Street and then parking and leaving the Coop car park in Dockham Road.

We’re now working to enhance the images to pick up any wording on the sides and the registration number and occupant of the vehicle but if anyone recognises the van I would urge them to call us straight away.

– Detective Chief Inspector Steve Porter

Police say they had several interesting calls from people who wished to remain anonymous and said they are scared to identify themselves or come forward with more information.

I would like to make a personal plea to those people to phone us back. We understand Cinderford is a tight knit community but I can reassure you that we have trained detectives answering the calls and that they will be able to explain how we can deal with any fears you have.

Remember Shaun’s family - it’s 12 years to the day since Shaun died. Their suffering has gone on long enough. They need to know who did this and why. Please do the right thing and come forward.

– Detective Chief Inspector Steve Porter

Anyone with information should call the incident room on 01452 754544.

Memorial service held for Shaun James

A special memorial was held this morning

It's been 12 years since the death of Shaun James, and today family and friends gathered for a special memorial service.

Shaun was found dead in a lane near Cinderford in the Forest of Dean in 2002. After new forensic tests, police say he was probably taken there and then deliberately run over.

Shaun James' family say they're glad that police have now begun a murder inquiry Credit: ITV

Police hope to release new information on the murder investigation later today.

Several leads in hit and run murder investigation

Shaun James was killed 12 years ago today.

Police have been responding to a number of leads after a suspected hit and run in the Forest of Dean was reopened as a murder investigation.

Shaun James was found dead in a lane near Cinderford 12 years ago today.

After new forensic tests, police say he was probably taken there and then deliberately run over. He had been drinking in the Upper Bilson Inn in Cinderford that night.

Family of man killed 12 years ago pleased with murder inquiry

The family of a man, who was killed twelve years ago in what was thought to be a hit and run, say they're glad that police have now begun a murder inquiry. Shaun James was found dead in a lane near Cinderford in the Forest of Dean in 2002. After new forensic tests, police say he was probably taken there and then deliberately run over.

Shaun's partner Lisa McStraw says she had always known it was murder but she welcomes the fact that it has been confirmed.


Murder investigation launched 12 years after hit and run

Shaun James died in 2002

Detectives in Gloucestershire have begun and investigation into the murder of a man they thought had been killed in a hit and run twelve years ago.

New evidence has revealed Shaun James was murdered after leaving a pub in Cinderford in 2002. A £5000 reward is being offered for anyone with information leading to his killer. Detective Chief Inspector Steve Porter says Gloucestershire Police are now confident that Shaun James was murdered.

Appeal over hit and run death 12 years ago

Reconstruction of Shaun James' final moments Credit: Crimewatch

Crimewatch is appealing for information into the death of a man in Gloucestershire 12 years ago.

Shaun James died when he was hit by a car on Steam Mills Road in Cinderford in December 2002. The 32 year old had been drinking at a pub in the town. The driver was never traced.

His family say they just want justice for Shaun.

He was really confident and had loads of friends. The day that Shaun died we all died. And even though it's been twelve years there's not a day that goes by that we don't think about him.

– Lisa McStraw, Shaun's partner

Speeding driver banned for two and a half years

Christopher Wright Credit: Gloucestershire Police

24 year old Christopher Wright from Cinderford has been jailed for two and a half years and banned from driving for five years after twice being involved in high speed police chases.

The court heard that the first chase ended with police ramming his car off the road and the second was brought to a halt when he stopped after running over two 'stingers' which punctured three of his tyres.

Judge Alistair McGrigor told Wright that both chases had put the lives of pedestrians and other motorists at risk,

The judge had watched dramatic CCTV film of both chases - one along the A40 and A48 from Gloucester to Newnham on Severn last July and the other through residential streets of Wright's home town.

As well as the two dangerous driving charges Wright also admitted having no insurance and failing to stop for police on the firsrt occasion and having no insurance or licence, refusing a breath specimen and possessing cannabis on the second occasion.

Cinderford woman wins £1m on scratchcard

Emma and husband Phil celebrate Credit: National Lottery

A mother from Cinderford has won the top prize - £1m - on a National Lottery scratchcard.

Emma Wildin, 29, from Cinderford, was on her own in her garden early last Wednesday when she discovered she’d won and promptly phoned her husband who’d already left for work.

... the £1million cheque! Credit: National Lottery

The married mother-of-two said: “I phoned my husband straight away and told him he needed to come back because I thought I’d won £1million. I couldn’t believe it; he was cool as a cucumber!

“I paced around the kitchen until 9am when the Camelot line opened and I could chat to someone about my win. Afterwards I took the children to soft play and because I was too worried to leave it, I had the winning Scratchcard in my handbag the whole time!”

Emma and Phil, 31, a financial advisor, have been married for six years and been together for 16. They live in their own house in Cinderford and have two children aged four and 18 months.

Emma said: “After the money arrived in my bank account I went to buy some new clothes for our holiday next week and also treated myself to a new car – a second-hand Range Rover.

Emma bought a new Range Rover with her winnings Credit: National Lottery

"I’m planning to hang onto the rest of it though because what we’d really like to do is buy a plot of land and build our own dream home.

“The win still hasn’t sunk in properly yet but to know that we will be able to secure a good future for our two children just means so much to me.”

Emma’s Scratchcard cost £5 and was bought at the Co-Op in Cinderford.

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