Police release details of items stolen from murder scene (Iron Acton)

Iron Acton Murder - Missing Watch

Detectives investigating the murder of Barry George Rubery have released details of property missing from Crossing Cottage a month on from his death.

On Wednesday April 28 Mr Rubery returned to his home on the Latteridge Road in Iron Acton, following a night out with friends. The following day he was found with fatal head injuries.

Officers investigating this crime have identified a number of items which cannot be located at the property. These items include a gold Masonic pocket watch (similar to the one pictured) an old Makita drill and an extension lead.

The forensic scene examination continues at the cottage with chemical treatments designed to raise fingerprints beyond conventional retrieval now underway.

Detective Chief Inspector Garry Reeves said: “At this stage we have identified that these items have been removed from the cottage. Further searches will take place once the forensic examinations are complete.

“Forensic retrieval continues to be a priority in this investigation; we remain at Crossing cottage and will continue to do so over the coming days.

“We are determined to find those responsible for the death of Mr Rubery and bring them to justice. Information and intelligence continues to be analysed however I would again urge anyone who may know something to come forward and talk to us.”

A £10,000 reward has been offered by Crimestoppers. You can provide any information anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via the secure on-line form on the Crimestoppers website.

Neighbourhood police have continued their regular patrols of the village and held an extra beat surgery last Thursday to give villagers an opportunity to raise any concerns in connection with the enquiry.

Police Community Support Officers Katie Radnedge and Andy Pound were joined by officers investigating the murder at the session in the village hall.

The South Gloucestershire Police District Commander, Chief Superintendent Andy Francis, and the detective heading the murder investigation, Detective Chief Inspector Garry Reeves, have written a letter to residents due to be delivered this week.

DCI Reeves added:” We have written to the 400 residents of Iron Acton to reassure them of our determination to solve a crime that is completely out of character for this safe area of South Gloucestershire.

“It asks anyone who has remembered any incident from the night of Wednesday April 28– however seemingly insignificant – to contact us on 0117 945 4057.”

The letter also outlines the scale of the police operation, offers some facts and figures about crime levels in the village and reminds people how to contact their neighbourhood team.

The team of PC Ian Matthews and PCSOs Pound and Radnedge are based at Chipping Sodbury Police Station and can be contacted by calling 0845 456 7000 or e-mailing ssnchippingsodbury@avonandsomerset.police.uk.

The next Safer Stronger Community Group meeting for Iron Acton, Coalpit Heath, Frampton Cotterell and Westerleigh will be held at St Saviour’s Church Hall, Coalpit Heath, at 7.30pm on Wednesday June 23 2010.

Source: Avon and Somerset Police

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