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NEWTON MURDER: Police granted extra time to question suspect

The road to Newton remained closed over the weekend following the shooting on Friday, as police continued to search the area

The road to Newton remained closed over the weekend following the shooting on Friday, as police continued to search the area

Following the fatal shooting of a man just outside Newton last week, Nuneaton magistrates agreed yesterday (Monday) to extend the time a man arrested as part of the murder investigation can be held in police custody.

A 19-year-old man from the Rugby area, who was arrested on Saturday on suspicion of murder, can now remain in police custody for a further 28 hours. The police made the announcement at 6pm yesterday.

The murder investigation began after Jordon Banton, aged 23, was found in a vehicle with gunshot wounds at around 11.40am on Friday. Mr Banton was pronounced dead at the scene.

The scene and the surrounding area were cordoned off while officers carried out a detailed search and forensic examination. Officers and staff from Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding the incident.

Detective Superintendent Adrian McGee, who is leading the investigation, said: “Although arrests have now been made as part of our investigation, we would still like to hear from anyone who may have information that could assist us. We are very grateful to the local community for their help in sharing our appeals, which have been vital in assisting the police in this complex investigation.”

Two people were arrested on Friday. A female was released with no further action and a man in his 30s was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit murder and was released on police bail on Saturday.

A man in his 30s was arrested on Saturday on suspicion of conspiracy to commit murder and was released on police bail later that day.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Warwickshire Police on telephone 101 quoting incident number 155 of the 25 July 2014.

 
 
 

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