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Christmas Eve Murder : Man Arrested

48 year old man stabbed in Jellicoe Close, Cippenham

Report and photographs: Paul Janik
Boxing Day afternoon : Flowers left at the front door

Ambulance paramedics called police, at 18:40 on Christmas Eve, to report the suspicious death of a 48 year old man at a house in Jellicoe Close off the north side of Telford Drive in Cippenham.

A murder investigation has started under the leadership of TVP's major crime unit's Superintendent Nora Holford who said:

We are in the very early stages of this investigation.

Although this is very shocking news, I would urge everyone not to be alarmed. We are working closely with the community to reassure them they are safe.

If anyone knows anything or thinks they can help our enquiry, please ring 101, or 01865-84 11 48, and select option 1.

23-year-old male from Cippenham has been arrested on suspicion of murder. The unnamed man remains in police custody pending further enquiries.

Thames Valley Police have organised a post-mortem examination of the deceased man's body to officially determine the exact cause of his death.

Update : 26 December

Shocked neighbours told the Slough Times Jellicoe Close is a very quiet and tranquil area.

Today police identified the dead man as Mr Warren Duke. Yesterday a post-mortem revealed Mr Duke died from a single stab wound.

This afternoon a grieving woman could be seen at an upstairs window staring forlornly into a silent and deserted street.

Acquaintances say Mr Duke never had a son.

The deceased Mr Dukes is believed to be the same person who, in 2007, chased 5 police officers along a road in Cippenham whilst brandishing a one metre-long (3 feet) Samurai sword.

Update : 29 December

Thames Valley Police say the arrested 23 year-old man has been detained under the Mental Health Act. No further information was given.

Background information

The Slough Observer lost all its computer archives when it was acquired by USA company Newsquest who many journalists claim is decimating and asset-striping the British newspaper industry.

The Slough Express' owner, Maidenhead Advertiser, subsidiary Burnham Advertiser has these undated articles on its web site:-

The BBC has this item: Police sword threat man is jailed

Attacker Joseph Storr pleads guilty

On 14 June 2017, at Reading Crown Court, Joseph Storr, 25, pleaded guilty to manslaughter due to his diminished responsibility

A post mortem examination determined Mr Duke died from a single stab wound.

Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Superintendent Nora Holford, said:

Storr had nowhere to stay at the time of the offence. Mr Duke agreed to Storr sleeping at his house as a favour to one of his friends.

Storr and Mr Duke were the only two people in the house at the time of the offence so we will never know exactly what happened on the evening of Christmas Eve 2015, but we do know that Storr stabbed Mr Duke in the neck, causing fatal injuries.

I am pleased that Joseph Storr has pleaded guilty to manslaughter with diminished responsibility due to his poor mental health at the time of the offence.

This is a tragic case and our thoughts remain with Warren Duke's family and friends at this extremely difficult time.

Joseph Storr detained indefinitely

On Thursday 22 June 2017, Reading Crown Court imposed upon Mr Storr a custodial sentence of indefinite detention in a secure hospital as an alternative to prison. The legislation used was Mental Health Act 1983 (c.20) section 37.

Detective Superintendent Nora Holford commented:

I hope that the sentencing of Storr will go some way in providing a small amount of solace to the family of Mr Duke whose loss has been extremely distressing.

Mr Duke allowed Storr to stay in his house, and it is devastating that this act of kindness would lead to his death.

Storr has admitted the offence of manslaughter with diminished responsibility, he has been sentenced to an indefinite hospital order and will now no longer be a risk to the public.