Warrant relating to murder investigation issued by police during Chipping Norton caravan site action
A warrant relating to an ongoing murder investigation was issued during a large police action at a Chipping Norton mobile home site.
Thames Valley Police also executed a second warrant under the Firearms Act to search for illegal firearms. They seized an electrical stun device.
The warrants were executed at The Beeches Caravan park on the A361 Burford Road on the outskirts of Chipping Norton on Wednesday, July 13 as reported in the Banbury Guardian.
A police spokesman said: “The purpose of the operation was to investigate and prosecute acts of criminality by a minority of individuals while supporting those living on the caravan park.
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“Officers executed a Section 8 Police and Criminal Evidence Act warrant in relation to an ongoing murder investigation into the death of Peter Crowley in Brome Place, Barton, Oxford in April.”
Officers taking part in the action searched a property and recovered several mobile phones.
A 25-year-old man from Chipping Norton was arrested on suspicion of possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence, in relation to a Dorset Police investigation. He was released with no further action.
Officers also identified a stolen caravan on the site, which they seized and removed.
Cherwell and West Oxfordshire local policing area commander, Superintendent Emma Garside, said: “This was a successful operation to investigate criminality and support residents at The Beeches Caravan Park.
“We gained some very useful intelligence as well as making an arrest and several seizures, while we also engaged positively with the people living there.
“It was also important to work with our partners, such as the RSPCA, on the operation and I thank them for their support.
“We will not tolerate criminality in West Oxfordshire and will take action where required, but it is also vital that we support and protect all of our communities.”
Five people have been arrested so far in connection with the Brome Place murder, all released on conditional police bail:
A 31-year-old man and 23-year-old woman, both from Oxford, arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender and perverting the course of justice
A boy, 17, and a 16-year-old girl, both from Oxford, arrested on suspicion of murder
A 35-year-old woman from Oxford, arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender and perverting the course of justice.
None of these arrests related to the warrants executed at The Beeches.