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Man found guilty following Maids Moreton murder investigation

Alert message sent 09/08/2019 16:59:00

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Today, a man has been found guilty in relation to a murder investigation in Manor Park, Maids Moreton.

Ben Field was found guilty of murdering Peter Farquhar following a 12 week trial at Oxford Crown Court. He had already pleaded guilty to four counts of fraud and two counts of burglary. He was found not guilty of one count of conspiracy to murder, one count of attempted murder and one count of possession of an article for use of fraud.

We know that this unique case has been on the minds of residents in and around Maids Moreton since the first arrests were made in March 2017. We appreciate the patience of the local community over the course of our two year investigation during which we recorded 2,671 exhibits, downloaded material from 127 electrical devices and took 1,407 statements. 

This case understandably has generated interest from media all over the UK and you will see us out and about more in Maids Moreton over the next few days. Please approach us with any questions or concerns that you have as we understand this is a very concerning incident to take place in this close-knit community. 

Senior Investigating Officer, Principal Investigator Mark Glover said: “This is unlike any investigation that I have previously worked on in my 31 years of police service. It is unique due to the detailed planning of the defendant, and due to the scale and complexity of our investigation.

“Murders are usually the result of one moment of madness, but in this case there was extensive planning by Ben Field to befriend, manipulate and then kill his victim.”
 “I am convinced that had he not been stopped, Ben would have posed an ongoing danger to society.

“My thoughts remain with Peter’s family and loved ones, who have shown nothing but dignity and bravery throughout this two-and-a-half year journey.”

For full details, you can read our press release at
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Mel Reedman (Police, Communications Officer, Thames Valley)

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