Banbury arrest made after police launch murder investigation

Connor Tremble, 17, who died following an incident in Fairacres Road, Oxford, last Thursday.
Connor Tremble, 17, who died following an incident in Fairacres Road, Oxford, last Thursday.

A 20-year-old man from Banbury has been arrested on suspicion of murder following a stabbing in Oxford in which a 17-year-old boy died.

Connor Tremble died at the John Radcliffe Hospital on Saturday after an incident in Fairacres Road at about 6.45pm last Thursday. The 20-year-old man was arrested in Stratford-upon-Avon on Friday and is currently being held in police custody.

A 21-year-old man from Birmingham arrested on Saturday on suspicion of assisting an offender has been released with no further action.

Detective Chief Inspector Mark Glover of Thames Valley Police’s Major Crime Unit, said: “I would appeal to anyone with any information about this incident to contact the police. I would like to reassure members of the community that a team of detectives are working hard to establish the circumstances of what happened and we now have two people in custody in connection with the incident.

“This is not believed to a random attack however we continue to have an open mind and enquiries are ongoing to attempt to establish the motive.”

A tribute statement was released by police on Sunday on behalf of Connor’s mother, Lisa Tremble.

It said: “Connor was a much-loved son, big brother, nephew and grandson. His death has ripped my heart into pieces.I want justice for Connor and to appeal for anybody with information regarding his death to come forward.

“I urge you to think about the value and delicacy of life. I respectfully request that my family is given time to grieve.”

A statement from Connor’s father, Martin Smith, said: “Connor was a charming, happy-go-lucky boy, a dearly loved son, big brother and grandson and he will hold a place in my heart until the day that I die.

“Wherever he is, may he have found peace and comfort. He will be greatly missed.”

Anyone with information should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.