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10 June 2015, 06:11
Milton Keynes Police say they think a man murdered in the city knew his killer.
Police and other emergency services were called to a flat in Trevithick Court at around 11.40pm Monday night (8/6), to reports of a fire.
A man, who is believed to be aged in his thirties, was found deceased at the scene.
A scene watch remains in place and officers have been conducting house-to-house enquiries in the area.
Senior investigating officer Det Supt Chris Ward, head of the Thames Valley Police Major Crime Unit said: “Detectives are currently investigating the circumstances of the victim’s death and our enquiries are ongoing.
“I would continue to appeal to anyone with any information which could assist with the investigation or anyone who witnessed anything suspicious in the area in the days leading up to the incident to contact police as soon as possible.
“Our enquiries continue to support the belief that the victim was known to the offender.”
Although formal identification is yet to take place, the victim is believed to be Ashley Gillard, aged 31. A post-mortem examination is due to take place tomorrow (10/6).
Supt Gez Chiariello, LPA Commander for Milton Keynes, said: “Incidents such as these understandably have a large impact upon the local community.
“I would like to reassure residents that officers are continuing to investigate and that high visibility patrols will remain in the area to provide reassurance. If anyone has any concerns please feel free to approach an officer or call 101 to speak to a member of the Neighbourhood Team.”
Anyone with any information which may assist the investigation should contact the 24-hour Thames Valley Police enquiry centre on 101 and quote URN 1755 8/6.
If you do not want to speak directly to the police you can contact the independent charity Crime stoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.