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Mon 13 Mar 2017

Murder in Trowbridge

THE man who was murdered in the heart of Trowbridge has now been formally identified by Wiltshire Police.


Jordan Taylor, aged 25, of Hilperton, died outside Trowbridge Community Hospital following an altercation with a knife in the Timbrell Street and Prospect Place area around 1.45am on Sunday.


Speaking to the press outside Trowbridge Police Station today, Detective Chief Inspector Jeremy Carter, of the Brunel Major Crime Investigation Team, confirmed the chronology of events and said he believes the information to solve this murder lies within the community.



He said: "We are sure that the events did take place in the Timbrell Street area of Trowbridge but culminated when Jordan and his friend went to Trowbridge Hospital where they were seeking medical attention.


"Tragically the injuries Jordan sustained were significant and he sadly lost his life.


"We can confirm that Jordan's friend sustained minor injuries as a result of the event from which they received treatment at the Bath RUH.


"We know that Jordan sustained knife injuries but we cannot comment on where those injuries were sustained or what [weapon] we are looking for.


"We believe that the information to solve this case lies within the local Trowbridge community and I would appeal to anyone who might have witnessed an altercation between 1-1.45am on Sunday morning or have any information however insignificant it may seem to contact my team. It could be the vital clue we need to get justice."



Police speak about the murder of Jordan Taylor early on Sunday

Police speak to the press about the murder of Jordan Taylor early on Sunday morning in Trowbridge

Approximately 100 officers are working on the case, which has rocked the Trowbridge community, and comes in the wake of a turbulent month in the town.


Sergeant Gill Hughes said: "We want to reassure the public that Trowbridge is not violent town and we want to resolve this soon. The three incidents over the last month are completely unrelated.


"I have worked in Trowbridge since I joined the force in 2001 and these incidents are very far and few between and we must remember that."



Currently the Timbrell Street and Prospect Place area remain cordoned off and residents living inside the zone have to sign in and out with police while forensic scientists continue to collect evidence.


She added: "The people in the cordoned zone have to sign in and out of the area so we can document things. It is well known that offenders often return to the scene and the majority of residents are understanding."


Wiltshire Police has also thanked the community for working with the police and pulling together after the news broke.


100 police officers working on murder case

Assistant Chief Constable Kier Pritchard said: "I would like to send my thanks to the local community in Trowbridge for working with the police in this investigation. 


"We have been told local people were making cups of tea for our staff who were on cordons throughout the night and a local supermarket has donated tea and biscuits to keep us going.


"It is really good to see how the community is pulling together following a tragedy like this and how people want to defend the reputation of their town.


"It is always sad when serious crime like this happens where you live but we have seen a fantastic response from local residents.


"Witnesses have come forward and the community is truly engaging with us. I am sure that Jordan's family will appreciate this greatly."


Anyone with information should call Trowbridge Police on 101 or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

Report Jessica Wells - WTimes