NEWTON MURDER: Victim named, ‘getaway car’ found, arrests made

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

The victim of the fatal shooting which occurred in Newton Road has been named as Jordan Matthew Banton.

Jordan was 23 and from Rugby. He was found dead in a car on Newton Road between Newton village and Newton Manor Lane at approximately 11.40am on Friday.

A post mortem examination was been carried out yesterday (Sunday) with the cause of death being detailed as shotgun wound to the head.

Jordan’s family have been kept fully updated in relation to the ongoing investigation and specially trained officers are supporting them during this difficult time.

Police are continuing to follow a number of lines of enquiry and a number of warrants are currently being executed in the Rugby area.

Following appeals issued by Warwickshire Police throughout Sunday, a member of the public has located the vehicle police believe was used by the offender of the Rugby shooting.

The silver Vauxhall Insignia was found in the Hillmorton area of Rugby and police notified at just after 7pm.

The perpetrator of this murder is believed to have got into this car which drove away from the scene at speed.

Superintendent Adrian McGee said: “A huge thank you to everyone who took note of our appeal, passed the word around, retweeted or shared our posts on social media. This only goes to show the value and importance the public play in assisting police with these large and complex enquiries.

“The vehicle will now be forensically examined and we hope will provide another piece in the jigsaw towards understanding exactly how Jordan Banton was killed.”

Two people were arrested on Friday, with a female released with no further action being taken. The second person, a man in his 30s, was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit murder and he was released on police bail on Saturday, July 26.

Another arrest was made on Saturday - a man in his 30s arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit murder. He was interviewed and bailed pending further police enquiries on Saturday evening.

A further arrest was made just before midnight on Saturday. This was of a 19-year-old man from the Rugby area and he was arrested on suspicion of murder. He remains in police custody.

Anyone who has any information to assist is asked to contact police on telephone 101 quoting incident number 155 of July 25

If anyone wishes to speak to the police in confidence this can be arranged. Information can also be provided anonymously via independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.