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Men arrested over Shaun James bailed until June

Five men arrested in connection with the death of Gloucestershire man Shaun James have had their police bail extended until June.

Shaun, who was 32, was run over in Cinderford in December 2002. Following a review, police are now treating his death as murder.

A 60 year old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder, and four others on suspicion of conspiracy to murder.

Man bailed in connection with Shaun James murder

A man arrested yesterday on suspicion of murdering Cinderford man Shaun James in 2002 has been bailed by police pending further inquiries.

The 60 year old man from Cinderford was detained on suspicion of murder and will now return to police in May.

His arrest followed the arrests of four men last week on suspicion of conspiracy to murder. Those men have also been bailed to return to police in May.

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

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

A cold case review of all forensic and witness evidence by the Major Crime Investigation Team (MCIT), using the benefit of new technology and investigative techniques, together with new information that has come to light over the years, led to it being reclassified as murder.

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Another man arrested in Shaun James murder case

Shaun James was killed in 2002.

Another man has been arrested in the Shaun James murder case.

A 60-year-old man from Cinderford, Gloucestershire was arrested on suspicion of the 2002 murder this morning.

This follows last week's arrests of four men on suspicion of conspiracy to murder the 32-year-old. Those men have been bailed until May.

Shaun James was killed after leaving a pub in Cinderford in 2002 in what police at the time thought was a hit-and-run, but now believe was murder.

Gloucestershire Police are appealing for anyone with further information to come forward.

Four bailed in Shaun James murder case

Shaun James was 32 when he was run over in Steam Mills Road in Cinderford on the evening of December 15 2002. Credit: Family

Four men arrested in connection with the murder of a man in Cinderford 12 years ago have been released on bail.

Shaun James was run over in December 2002. Police who investigated the case at the time believed the incident was a hit-and-run, but it has since been reclassified as a murder. Two men arrested on Thursday, and a further two arrested on Friday - all from Gloucestershire - have been released on bail until May.

Two more arrested in Shaun James murder case

Shaun James died in 2002

Two more men have been arrested in connection with the death of Shaun James in 2002.

A 53-year-old, from Cheltenham, and a 46-year-old from Cinderford, were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to murder and currently remain in custody.

They join two Cinderford men, aged 63 and 51, who were arrested and bailed yesterday on the same charges.

BREAKING: Two arrested in Shaun James murder case

Shaun James was killed in 2002.

Two men from Cinderford, Forest of Dean have been arrested in connection with the death of Shaun James.

The two men, aged 63 and 51 were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to murder this morning and are currently in police custody.

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

Police who investigated the case at the time believed the incident was a hit-and-run, but were unable to identify the driver. His death has since been reclassified as a murder.

We’re clearly at a critical stage in the investigation but it’s crucial people still call us with any information they have about Shaun’s death. The community response has been fantastic but we still need people to come forward and help us.

Our neighbourhood engagement vehicle will be in Cinderford today if people want to go and speak to a local officer.

– Detective Chief Inspector Steve Porter, Gloucestershire Police

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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.

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