Police respond to speculation over second body at Aylesbury canal

Police have responded to claims which have been made on social media

By Reporter
Sunday, 2nd May 2021, 8:29 am
Updated Sunday, 2nd May 2021, 8:34 am

Police have responded to claims made on social media that another body was recovered from the Aylesbury canal in the wake of the killing of Clive Porter last week.

Thames Valley Police's Major Crime Unit launched a murder investigation last Monday (26/4) after Mr Porter, 63, was killed on the Grand Union Canal shortly after 12.20pm, near to Broughton in Aylesbury.

Two arrests have been made in connection with this investigation and police are urging specific witnesses to come forward - read the full story here.

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Mr Porter, who was from nearby Tring, was a former police officer. His family have since paid tribute to the 'quiet, calm and much-loved husband, dad and grandad' - read the full tribute here.

Since Mr Porter's death social media speculation locally - which has been seen by and sent to The Bucks Herald - has claimed police forensic teams have been spotted along the canal and that a second body has been recovered.

But police have denied such claims in a statement to this paper.

"This (police activity along the canal) was in connection with our ongoing murder investigation following this incident," a police spokesman told The Bucks Herald.

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"It is incorrect that another body has been found."

Police continue to appeal for specific witnesses to the incident which saw Mr Porter killed.

Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Chief Inspector Andy Shearwood said: “Officers are continuing to investigate the circumstances of this murder investigation.

“I would like to specifically appeal to anyone that was using the canal towpath near to Broughton crossing, between 12pm and 12.30pm on Monday.

Clive Porter

“We believe that anyone who was using the towpath between these times could be vital witnesses to this incident, or could have information to assist with our enquiries.

“If you were in this area between 12pm and 12.30pm and think you might have information that could help, please contact us urgently.

“Please contact Thames Valley Police on 101, or by visiting our website, and quote reference 845 (26/4) when making any reports.

“Alternatively, you can remain 100% anonymous by calling independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”