A man has been charged with murder following the death of a 77-year-old in Wendover.

Courtnay Bamford, 36, of Griffin Lane, Aylesbury, has been charged with one count of murder.

This is in relation to an incident that happened at around 5.25pm on Tuesday, April 6, when police were informed of an alleged attack in Aylesbury Road.

The crime scene in Wendover

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An air ambulance was called and landed in Castle Park, which is a short walk away from the property, but sadly, the 77-year-old man died at the scene after suffering from serious injuries.

His next of kin were informed and they have been supported by specialist officers.

Bucks Free Press: The house on the Aylesbury Road in Wendover The house on the Aylesbury Road in Wendover

Bamford was then arrested on suspicion of murder and remained in police custody before being charged today [Friday, April 9]. 

He has been remanded in custody to appear at Oxford Magistrates Court on Saturday, April 10. 

Footage of the air ambulance

It also confirmed by Thames Valley Police that 'although formal identification has not yet taken place', they are 'satisfied' that the person who died was 77-year-old John Bamford. 

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TVP said: "The family has asked that their privacy is respected at this difficult time."

Bucks Free Press: The incident happened on April 6The incident happened on April 6

The nature of the crime has sent shockwaves through Wendover, with one resident saying: “I have been here for 30 years and I have never known anything like this, apart from the RAF Halton one [murder] all those years ago which hasn’t been solved, but this is very worrying for the youngsters.

“You have got to be so careful."

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Vinnie Lee Stevens (was Bamford)

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I was shocked and saddened to hear of John's sudden and unexpected passing. He was my biological father after my birth to John and Sandra Bamford in 1967, although has not been part of my life. For whatever reason we became separated when I was very young and there has been no contact since. I am saddened to learn that John has been living in the same county as myself for so many years. I am also saddened by the knowledge that our paths shall never now cross, however unlikely that may have been. I often considered what it may have been like to have met over a pint or a cup of tea as adults, if only one time. To me, the story of John Bamford has a first few pages and a last, very tragic page. The book has no more pages to it, as I know little else in between. My heart goes out to those who knew and loved the man. My thoughts are with you in this very difficult and painful time. Rest well, John Bamford.

Heather Ellingford

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Have very fond memories of John many many years ago, a lovely person, also remember his curly hair. Often wondered where he was in the world. Sleep tight. Heather

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Saddened by this terrible news Thinking of the family at this sad time ❤️

Keith Laker

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John, I worked for the best Kitchen Fitter there was from 1991 to 2005. I was only thinking of you the other day, hoping that you were well and coping with Covid 19. What a Tragedy. I wanted to express my thanks and gratitude for all that you taught me. Sleep tight BOSS. Keith x

Gil Cracco

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My beloved friend John...I am devastated. You were the best man I ever met in my life...always seeing the bright side of the people and the life. My life has changed forever since 7th of April...I won't have fun and joy anymore. You were a so good hearted person...I will miss you. Each time I will have a glass of white wine under the French sun...you will be in my mind and my heart. You are in my heart forever. With all my love....Gil

Emma Dinham

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I’m so sorry to hear this. My husband and I saw the air ambulance and prayed that the person was going to be ok. There are no words and the family are in our thoughts. Xx

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Rest in pace my beloved John ...i will keep you in my heart and will remember you holding a glass of white wine... under the sun that you loved so much. It was one of your pleasures. I will miss you . With all my love .

Ann Marie

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I am so sorry for your loss. Condolences to the family