Man sentenced for travellers' site murder

A man found guilty of murdering a father-of-four at a Cambridgeshire travellers’ site on New Year’s Day will be sentenced today.

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Big police presence at court ahead of sentencing over traveller murder

Mark Mosley. Credit: Cambridgeshire Police.

Riot vans have arrived at Cambridge Crown Court ahead of the sentencing of a man convicted of murdering a fellow traveller.

Mark Mosley, 43, was last month found guilty of killing father-of-four Jessie Smith at Burwell on News Year's Eve.

Several police officers have arrived at court today. During the trial, the families of Mosley and Mr Smith clashed outside the building.

Jessie Smith murder: Man was shot dead during 'bare-knuckle fight'

Scene of the murder on New Year's Day Credit: ITV News Anglia

A man has been found guilty of murdering another traveller by shooting him with a shotgun during a bare-knuckle fight in Cambridgeshire on New Year's Day.

Jess Smith, who is 36 and from Bedfordshire, was killed at a travellers site at Burwell.

The widow of murdered father-of-four Jessie Smith has released a statement thanking police for their support.

"I would like to thank the police’s Major Crime Unit for all their hard work in ensuring justice was done, in particular I want to thank my Family Liaison Officers for their support since Jessie was murdered.

To my four girls, Heidi, Ruby, Crystal and Grace, I love you with all my heart and Daddy will always watch over us.”

– Widow of Jessie Smith

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Jessie Smith murder: "He armed himself with a sawn-off shotgun and started firing it indiscriminately."

Flowers left at First Drove, Burwel Credit: ITV News Anglia

A man has been found guilty of murdering 36-year-old Jessie Smith, at a Cambridgeshire travellers’ site on New Years Day.

Mosley, who lived at the site, was also found guilty of attempting to murder Jessie’s nephew Paul Smith.

The trial heard that while the fight was going on, Mosley armed himself with a sawn-off shotgun and shot Mr Smith three times.

"The actions of Mark Mosley mean that four children will now have to grow up without their father and nothing can bring him back. However, I hope the result today provides Jessie’s family with some comfort and allows them to continue re-building their lives.

This has been a very difficult trial as Mosley broke every rule of Traveller culture, in which disputes are resolved by a fair fight between individuals, without resorting to the use of weapons.

He armed himself with a sawn-off shotgun and started firing it at members of the Smith group indiscriminately. We are extremely lucky his actions did not lead to the death of more than one person.”

– Det Insp Al Page, BCH Major Crime Unit

Man found guilty of murdering father-of-four at Cambridgeshire travellers' site

Jessie Smith, 36, was killed in a shooting in Burwell Credit: Cambridgeshire Police

A man who has been found guilty of murdering a father-of-four at a Cambridgeshire travellers’ site on New Year’s Day.

Mark Mosley, who is 43, has been convicted of murdering 36-year-old Jessie Smith at the site in First Drove, Burwell,following an eight-week trial at Cambridge Crown Court.

Mosley, who lived at the site, was also found guilty of attempting to murder Jessie’s nephew Paul Smith.

A post mortem examination the following day concluded Mr Smith died as a result of a gunshot wound to the back.

Man charged with murder after shooting

Jess Smith, 36, was killed in a shooting in Burwell, Credit: Cambridgeshire Police

A man has been charged in connection with the death of a man at Burwell near Newmarket on New Year's Day.

Mark Mosley, 42, of First Drove, Burwell, has been charged with murder and attempted murder and is due to appear at Cambridge Magistrates’ Court on Monday 12 January.

Four other people who were arrested in connection with the murder on New Year’s Day have been released on police bail.

Mr Smith, 36, of Common Road, Potton, Bedfordshire, died following an incident in First Drove, Burwell, in the early hours of January 1.

A post mortem examination the following day concluded he died as a result of a gunshot wound to the back.

One man found dead and a second injured after New Year's Day 'shooting incident'

A police cordon remains at the scene in Burwell, Cambridgeshire Credit: ITV News Anglia/Seb White

A murder investigation has begun in the Cambridgeshire Fens after a man was found dead in the early hours of New Year's Day in Burwell, near Newmarket.

Police were called to First Drove in Burwell at 2am to find a 36-year old man dead at the scene.

A spokesperson for the East of England Ambulance Service said a second person was taken to Addenbrooke's hospital in Cambridge with facial injuries, which are not believed to be life-threatening.

Police say the victim's family has been notified, but the man has not been formally identified as yet.

Police say they are treating the death as an 'isolated incident'.

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