A FURTHER arrest has been made in a police murder investigation following the death of a man earlier this year.

The arrest is in connection with the death of Andrew Ballantyne.

The 55-year-old tragically died in an incident on Micklefield Road on July 31.

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A 27-year-old woman from Buckinghamshire was arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender, but has now been released on bail.

A 24-year-old woman from Hertfordshire, who was arrested on November 25 on suspicion of the same offence, has also been released.

Five men accused of murdering a 55-year-old grandfather in High Wycombe have appeared in court last month.

The investigation into the death of Andrew Ballantyne resulted in five men being arrested and charged with his murder.

Five men have been charged with the murder of Mr Ballantyne. They are:

  • Ramah Lambkin, 24, of Rowan Avenue, High Wycombe
  • Asher Anderson, 35, of Walton Gardens, Wembley
  • Daniel Ramsey, 25, of Micklefield Road, High Wycombe
  • Nickolas Williams, 25, of Gibbs Close, High Wycombe
  • James Scott, 32, of Hawthorne Road, High Wycombe

What happens next?

On December 22, the five defendants will have the chance to plead guilty or not guilty to the charges. This will be the first opportunity they have had to enter a plea.

If any of them plead guilty, they will be convicted and then sentenced.

If they plead not guilty, a trial will be held at Reading Crown Court. A provisional trial date has been set for February 7.

Should a trial go ahead, it is expected to last around six weeks.

All five men have been remanded in custody, and have been in prison since they were arrested in the summer.

Who is the victim?

Andrew Ballantyne was a much-loved grandfather who lived in High Wycombe.

Following the 55-year-old’s death on July 31, there was an outpouring of emotion from the community, with one well-wisher describing him as a “Micklefield legend”.

Many other kind words were left for the father and grandfather after he died, and his family also released a touching tribute to the man they lost.

They said: “He was a man who was committed to his family, he was the heart of the family and was a committed son, brother, father, grandfather, uncle and friend.