VIDEO UPDATE: Men found dead in Banbury named locally as police continue murder probe

Two men who were found dead at a property in Banbury have been named locally with a man still in custody on suspicion of murder.

Officers attended an address on Newland Road at around 6.45pm yesterday evening (October 1), where the bodies of two men were found inside.

Police on Newlands Road in Banbury after a suspected double murder. Photos: SWNS NNL-170210-122902001

Police on Newlands Road in Banbury after a suspected double murder. Photos: SWNS NNL-170210-122902001

The men have been named locally as Adrian Fannon, 39, and Mark Pawley, in his 20s.

Thames Valley Police has not confirmed this but said the men’s next of kin have been informed and are being supported by specialist officers.

Formal identification and a Home Office postmortem is yet to take place.

A 52-year-old man from Banbury has been arrested on suspicion of murder. He is currently in custody.

Police on Newlands Road after a suspected double murder. Photos: SWNS NNL-170210-120017001

Police on Newlands Road after a suspected double murder. Photos: SWNS NNL-170210-120017001

A scene watch is in place on Newland Road and is likely to remain there over the coming days.

Senior investigating officer Detective Chief Inspector Craig Kirby, from the Thames Valley Police major crime unit, said: “We are continuing to investigate this serious incident and a scene watch remains in place on Newland Road.

“Although we are in the early stages of conducting enquiries, this is thought to have been an isolated incident. It is believed the men were known to each other.

“I would continue to appeal to anyone in the local area who may have seen or heard anything unusual around this location yesterday to please come forward.

Police on Newland Road after a suspected double murder. Photo: SWNS NNL-170210-120129001

Police on Newland Road after a suspected double murder. Photo: SWNS NNL-170210-120129001

“Anyone with any information about the incident, no matter how insignificant it may seem, should please contact the 24-hour Thames Valley Police enquiry centre on 101, quoting reference 1159 of 1 October.”

Deputy local policing area commander Chief Inspector Emma Garside added: “Officers will be conducting enquiries within the area over the coming days as part of the investigation, and if anyone has any concerns, please speak to a local neighbourhood officer.

“Our thoughts are with the men’s family at this difficult time.”

Residents living nearby have expressed shock at the deaths.

Police on Newland Road after a suspected double murder. Photo: SWNS NNL-170210-120220001

Police on Newland Road after a suspected double murder. Photo: SWNS NNL-170210-120220001

James Fox, 34, who used to live close to the flat where the men were found, said: “I lived on Newland Road for three years before I moved earlier this year.

“I know flat 21 where the bodies were found and it wasn’t a very nice place.

“There were lots of dodgy people coming in and out of the flats which are basically four bedsits.

“When I lived on the road there was a big problem with drugs and gangs.

“I don’t know if these killings are connected to that but it was a set of flats which had a bad reputation.

“Banbury is basically a nice, family orientated town, but this particular street attracts some unsavoury characters.”

Police on Newland Road after a suspected double murder. Photo: SWNS NNL-170210-120154001

Police on Newland Road after a suspected double murder. Photo: SWNS NNL-170210-120154001

If you have any information relating to this case, call 101 quoting reference 1159 of October 1, or contact Crimestoppers anonymously.

Forensic teams on Newland Road after the suspected double murder. Photo: SWNS NNL-170210-134100001

Forensic teams on Newland Road after the suspected double murder. Photo: SWNS NNL-170210-134100001

Forensic teams on Newland Road after the suspected double murder. Photo: SWNS NNL-170210-134049001

Forensic teams on Newland Road after the suspected double murder. Photo: SWNS NNL-170210-134049001

Forensic teams enter the property on Newlands Road. Photo: SWNS NNL-170210-134035001

Forensic teams enter the property on Newlands Road. Photo: SWNS NNL-170210-134035001