Operation Ongar: Police release seven on bail in connection with Andrew Bedford murder

Andrew Bedford, from Huntingdon, disappeared in September 1990.

Andrew Bedford, from Huntingdon, disappeared in September 1990. - Credit: Archant

Seven of the eight people arrested yesterday morning (January 6) in connection with the Fenland murder of Andrew Bedford have been released on police bail after being questioned at March Police Station.

Andrew Bedford was last seen on September 28, 1990, in Factory Bank, off Great Whyte, Ramsey, in a l

Andrew Bedford was last seen on September 28, 1990, in Factory Bank, off Great Whyte, Ramsey, in a light blue Ford Cortina estate car. - Credit: Archant

Six were released on conditional bail to return to Thorpe Wood Police Station on April 7, while a 45-year-old man from Letchworth, Hertfordshire, was bailed to return to the same police station on April 4 and a 56-year-old man from Southampton remains in custody.

Detectives investigating Bedford’s murder arrested eight people in connection with his death yesterday at addresses inside and outside Cambridgeshire at about 6.30am.

Those arrested were:

• A 70-year-old man from Glatton, near Peterborough, on suspicion of assisting an offender and conspiracy to prevent lawful burial.

Andrew Bedford's sister, Linda Adley, 45, and daughter Lesley Bedford, 29, appeal for information ab

Andrew Bedford's sister, Linda Adley, 45, and daughter Lesley Bedford, 29, appeal for information about Andrew’s death at a briefing at force HQ in Huntingdon. - Credit: Archant


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• A 52-year-old man from the Raunds area in Northamptonshire on suspicion of assisting an offender and conspiracy to prevent lawful burial.

• A 47-year-old man from Sheerness, Kent, on suspicion of assisting an offender and conspiracy to prevent lawful burial.

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• A 50-year-old man from the Ramsey area on suspicion of assisting an offender and conspiracy to prevent lawful burial.

• A 43-year-old woman from the Peterborough area on suspicion of assisting an offender and conspiracy to prevent lawful burial.

• A 45-year-old man from Letchworth, Hertfordshire, on suspicion of perverting the course of justice.

• A 62-year-old man from Ramsey on suspicion of assisting an offender and conspiracy to prevent lawful burial.

• A 56-year-old man from Southampton on suspicion of murder and conspiracy to prevent lawful burial.

All were taken to March Police Station for questioning, except the man from Southampton, who remains in custody after being questioned in Southampton.

Andrew, from Huntingdon, was last seen on September 28, 1990, in Factory Bank, off Great Whyte, Ramsey, in a light blue Ford Cortina estate car eating takeaway food - possibly fish and chips.

Detectives believe he was killed later that evening with a shotgun at a garage which no longer exists in Ramsey called Mongrel Cars.

In September, officers re-appealed for information on the 25th anniversary of Andrew’s murder.

The officers spoke to local people, handed out leaflets and put up posters across Ramsey in a fresh appeal for information.

In June, police announced they had discovered pieces of bone, believed to be human, during a 13-day search on land off Stocking Fen Road, Ramsey, in April.

Forensic tests continue to be carried out on the finds.

Operation Ongar was re-launched on April 10 by the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit.

A 64-year-old man from Ramsey who was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to murder has been released without charge.

Anyone with information should contact the Major Crime Unit on 01480 422791, email operation.ongar@cambs.pnn.police.uk, or call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.

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