Police charge Farrow with 2 counts of murder and a further charge of burglary

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By Trucks79 | Wednesday, February 22, 2012, 18:25

Detective Inspector Simon Crisp has confirmed that Stephen John Farrow has been charged with two counts of murder just moments ago.

Today (Wednesday 22nd February 2012) Avon and Somerset Police and West Mercia Police confirmed that 47-year-old Stephen John Farrow has now been charged. with the two murders.

Farrow now stands accused of the murder of the Reverend John Suddards in Thornbury between the 13th and 14th February 2012 and the murder of Betty Yates in Bewdley between the 1st and the 5th January 2012.

In addition the 47-year-old faces a charge of burglary relating to a property in Thornbury between the 21st December 2011 and the 3rd January 2012.

Farrow will appear at North Avon Magistrates Court tomorrow (Thursday 23rd February).

Detective Chief Inspector Simon Crisp from Avon and Somerset Constabulary's Major Crime Investigation Team said: "Once again it has been the contribution of a member of the public that has made the difference - my thanks go to that person for their courage in providing us with that vital information."

Detective Chief Inspector Neil Jamieson of West Mercia Police said: "I would also like to express my gratitude to those members of the public who have helped us and responded to our appeals and I would also still encourage people to come forward and talk to us if they have information which could assist our inquiry.

"We still have a strong police presence in Bewdley and hope this will help reassure people that the area, and indeed the whole of the West Mercia, remains a very safe place in which to live, work and visit."

CPS Senior District Crown Prosecutor Siân Sullivan said: "Having reviewed this case in line with the Code for Crown Prosecutors, I have today decided that there is sufficient evidence to charge Stephen Farrow with the murders of Betty Yates and John Suddards. I have also authorised a charge of burglary at a separate address in Thornbury.

"I would like to remind all concerned that Stephen Farrow now stands charged with criminal offences and has the right to a fair trial. It is very important that nothing is said, or reported, which could prejudice a trial."

If you have any information to pass onto the police please call 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.



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