The heartbroken family of a charity worker who died after reportedly suffering serious injuries in Aylesbury has issued a tribute to the “much-loved husband, dad and grandad”.

Clive Porter, 63, from Tring, Hertfordshire, was a police officer for 30 years, serving in the Hertfordshire Constabulary, before he joined the Canal and River Trust.

He was found with serious injuries on a towpath near the Grand Union Canal on Monday (April 26) and sadly died at the scene.

Mr Porter’s family said: “Clive Porter was a much-loved husband, dad and grandad.

“He was a quiet calm and caring person, who served the community as a police officer for over 30 years before joining the Canal and River Trust.

“He was loved and respected by all who met him.

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“Clive had a passion for working outdoors and meeting people. He believed in caring for people and the environment through the principle of policing by the people for the people.

“The family would like to thank the hard-working investigation team at Thames Valley Police and also the family liaisons DC James Armitage and DC Lynda Stearman for their hard work and support.

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“The family have also been overwhelmed by all the support and messages of condolence they have received from friends, family and the wider community.”

Police have launched a murder investigation in which a 34-year-old man of no fixed abode has been arrested on suspicion of murder and remains in the custody of officers while receiving hospital treatment.

A 41-year-old woman from Birmingham was also arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender and perverting the course of justice. She has been released on police bail until May 24.

A fresh appeal for witnesses was launched by police earlier today.

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I worked with you at Watford in 1980s. A gentle man who always had a smile. A total shock. RIP and thank you.

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I knew Clive through working in the same area as him. He was a lovely man - always calm and good-natured. He loved his job and his family, and his loss will be felt keenly by many people. Deepest sympathies to his loved ones.

andi

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All us boaters are shocked an saddened by what has happened to a lovely fella

peter christer

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I am one of many Volunteers with the Canal & River Trust and am deeply saddened by this murder. The time given to support the Canal & River Trust by volunteers is unpaid and helps the community. Usually, those who use the canal and towpath have a friendly relationship with all those working on the canal so this murder is all the more despicable and unexplained. I send all my sympathy to his family and co-workers.

Veronica Gamble

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I didn't know you, but my heart breaks for the loss of your life.

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God speed. A man killed whilst doing his best for nature and community is beyond a crime. May you inspire many more to follow in your footsteps and give their time for a good cause.

Judy Hazelgrove

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So sorry to hear about this sad event. You were just going about your job and this should never have happened. Rest in Peace. Condolences to your family, friends and work colleagues from us both - Roger and Judy (Voluntary Lockkeepers)

Steven Broad

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RIP. Only doing your job. We will all miss you.