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Swindon murder victim 'without an enemy in the world'

Murder victim Tom Rogers was a "gentle man without an enemy in the world", according to his family. The 60 year-old was stabbed to death on a cycle path, known as Muggers Alley, in Swindon on Thursday night. Police say it was a motiveless attack.

They also say he finished work at the Woodlands Edge Pub, before attempting to make his way home on his bike. Today the landlady there spoke to our reporter Caron Bell about her shock at the murder of a popular and much loved man.

Family pays tribute to Swindon murder victim

Tom Rogers was found stabbed on a cycle path in Swindon Credit: Wiltshire Police

The son of Swindon murder victim Tom Rogers has issued a statement on behalf of his family:

‘Dad was sociable and well liked. He worked hard at the pub and I would often meet him there.

It hasn’t sunk in that my Dad is gone and that I won’t be able to spend time with him anymore. I really feel his loss and will always miss my Dad.

I would like anybody who knows anything about what happened to my Dad to please call the Police.’

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Swindon murder victim named as Tom Rogers

Tom Rogers. Credit: Wiltshire Police

Wiltshire Police have confirmed that the man whose body was found with multiple stab wounds in Swindon was Aulton Thomas Rogers, known as 'Tom'.

Mr Rogers, aged 60, lived alone in Walcott, Swindon. His family have been informed and are being supported by police. He worked at the Woodlands Edge Public house in Midwinter Close, Swindon, and he left the pub shortly before 10:30 pm on Thursday 26 June - the night of his death.

Police would particularly like to hear from anyone who saw Mr Rogers on Thursday night. He was not known to police and as yet they do not know of any motive for the murder.

Full report: Swindon murder victim was stabbed all over his body

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

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Police say man found dead in Swindon was stabbed

Wiltshire Police have this lunchtime held a press conference following the murder of a man in Swindon. The man, who was local and in his 60s, was found with multiple stab wounds on the Rodbourne cycle path late last night.

A bike was found nearby. Detectives are still looking for the murder weapon. Post mortem results are expected to be released later. Forensic teams are still at the scene. Detective Chief Inspector Sean Memory ..

Police reveal man was stabbed to death

Wiltshire Police have released further details surrounding the murder in a press conference.

The man was found with multiple stab wounds and a bike was discovered nearby. Detectives are still looking for the murder weapon. Post mortem results are expected to be released later.

Police are appealing for anyone who was in the area between dusk and midnight (Thurs evening) to contact them.

Cycle path closed off after man's body found

Cycle path closed off after man's body found Credit: ITV News West Country

Police are treating the death of a man in Swindon as murder. The man, who was local and in his 60s, was found dead on the Rodbourne cycle path late last night. Forensic teams are still at the scene. A media briefing is being held this lunchtime.

Police investigate murder in Swindon Credit: ITV News West Country

Police investigate murder in Swindon

Police in Swindon are investigating after a man was found dead on a cycle path last night. He was found on the path running from the Town Centre to Rodbourne just before midnight.

The man is yet to be formally identified but police believe they know who he is. They say he is a local man in his sixties and they are trying to locate his family. Police are treating his death as murder and the cycle path will be closed for some time while investigations are carried out.

"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."

– Detective Chief Inspector Sean Memory

"We understand that the public will be concerned and we can reassure the community that we are conducting a thorough and detailed investigation and increased patrols are taking place in the area. Please contact your local Neighbourhood Policing Team if you have any concerns."

– Superintendent Andrew Carr
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