Police Statement re Highbridge Murder

Avon & somerset Police have been investigating a murder which took place on Thursday 25 June after a man’s body was found in a garden in the Edithmead Lane area of Highbridge.

Subsequently a 44-year-old man on suspicion of murder on the same day. On Friday evening, he was transferred to a secure facility and into the care of mental health services. Their investigation continues.

This afternoon Detective Chief Inspector Mark Almond released the following statement: “We’re conscious that our presence at the scene over a number of days will have had an impact on the local community and we would like to thank everyone for their understanding. We’d like to reassure people that we don’t believe there to be any ongoing risk to the public at this time.”

However he also noted that “Due to prior police contact with those involved, a mandatory referral has been made to the Independent Office for Police Conduct this week. It would be inappropriate for us to go into further details while the referral is being considered.”

Anyone with information that could assist with the continuing investigation, and has not yet come forward, should call 101 and give reference 5220139224.

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