Man arrested in connection with murder of Andrew Bedford is released without charge

Andrew Bedford

Andrew Bedford - Credit: Archant

A man who was arrested on suspicion of murdering Huntingdon’s Andrew Bedford has been released without charge.

Andrew Bedford, from Huntingdon.

Andrew Bedford, from Huntingdon. - Credit: Archant

Officers arrested and questioned the 56-year-old man, from Southampton, in January, in connection with Mr Bedford’s killing.

Seven other people were also arrested in connection with the cold case, codenamed Operation Ongar, which was re-launched on April 10 last year by the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire major crime unit.

The man answered bail on Wednesday (July 6) at Southampton police station where he was informed that his bail was being cancelled and no further action would be taken.

The seven others, six men and a woman, also had their bail cancelled.

A spokesman for Cambridgeshire police said: “The suspects due to answer bail have had their bail cancelled. Investigations are continuing and detectives are following up a number of lines of inquiry.”

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

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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 last year, officers re-appealed for information on the 25th anniversary of Mr Bedford’s murder. The officers spoke to residents, handed out leaflets and put up posters across Ramsey in a fresh appeal for information.

In June last year, police announced they had discovered pieces of bone during a painstaking 13-day search on land off Stocking Fen Road, Ramsey.

Anyone with information should contact the major crime unit on 01480 422791, e-mail, or call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.