Peterborough: Body Found In Ditch

31 March 2013, 12:14 | Updated: 31 March 2013, 19:11

Cambridgeshire Police have launched a murder inquiry after the body of a man was discovered in a ditch north of Peterborough.

The force control room was called by a member of public at 10.40am on Saturday (30th March), after they discovered the body of a man in a ditch near the A16 at Newborough.

Officers attended and the area was cordoned off to investigate the death, which is being treated as suspicious.

The victim had last been seen at 2pm on Good Friday and was reported missing at 10.40pm that day, just after his metallic, light blue Mondeo estate was discovered burnt out near a farm in Yaxley at about 9pm.

A post mortem examination has been carried out and confirmed he died as a result of stab wounds.

Detective Chief Inspector Martin Brunning told Heart: "I would appeal to anyone who was in the area of Newborough yesterday morning or who may have seen the Mondeo estate being driven in the Yaxley area on Good Friday to call police.

We are carrying out extensive inquiries to find out exactly what happened, but we are treating it as an isolated incident.

We are in contact with the man's family and will be keeping them up to date on our investigation."

Anyone with information should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.