COPS CLOSE IN ON THE OX­FORD­SHIRE REAPER

New leads in 50 year-old cold case

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PO­LICE have re­opened a 50-yearold in­ves­ti­ga­tion af­ter new ev­i­dence came to light nam­ing a pos­si­ble cul­prit.

In Au­gust 1967, a man out walk­ing his dog spot­ted a zig-zag path of tram­pled wheat in a field near Heythrop, Ox­ford­shire. De­spite in­ten­sive foren­sic in­ves­ti­ga­tions in­volv­ing po­lice from across three forces, the so-called “Ox­ford­shire Reaper” was never iden­ti­fied or brought to jus­tice.

How­ever, in June an anony­mous tip-off pro­vided po­lice with a pos­si­ble name for the per­pe­tra­tor of the crime and of­fi­cers last week ar­rested a 60-year-old woman in a dawn raid on an ad­dress in Cen­tral Lon­don. A Thames Val­ley Po­lice spokesman told re­porters: “We can con­firm that a woman in her early six­ties has been ar­rested and re­leased on bail fol­low­ing ques­tion­ing re­gard­ing an in­ci­dent of some­one run­ning through a field of wheat in 1967 in a wan­ton and de­struc­tive man­ner with in­tent to cause crim­i­nal dam­age.” sus­pect

It is un­der­stood that the sus­pect, who has not been named, strongly de­nies any al­le­ga­tion of wrong­do­ing. Her lawyer, Basil Hum­brol

QC, told re­porters that his client had a “strong and sta­ble alibi” as to her where­abouts when the crime was com­mit­ted. num­bers

“There is no magic ev­i­dence tree,” Mr Hum­brol said. “My client main­tains that in­no­cent un­til proven guilty means in­no­cent un­til proven guilty. And she’s go­ing to make a suc­cess of her case and have a red, white and blue ac­quital.”

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