Police appeal for Westbury-on-Trym people's help in hunt for new suspect wanted over vicar's murder

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By Becky_Feather | Saturday, February 18, 2012, 17:18

People in the Westbury-on-Trym area are today being asked to keep an eye out for a man wanted in connection with the murder of Thornbury vicar John Suddards.

Stephen Farrow should not be approached under any circumstances, say Avon & Somerset Police, who have circulated his details to police forces nationwide.

The Rev Suddards was found dead in his home on Valentine's Day. He had multiple stab wounds.

Police said they had released the 43-year-old man they had earlier arrested on suspicion of the vicar's murder and that they were now looking for Farrow, 47, who also uses the names Steven Lewis and Adrian Capel Farrow.

Senior investigating officer DCI Simon Crisp said: "I must stress that Farrow is dangerous and should not be approached under ANY circumstances.  We need the public's help with this, we do not know where he is.

"He is a white man, 6ft 4ins, with a scar on his right brow. We know that he travels widely across the country. He is known to travel using public transport, in particular the bus but he may hitch-hike or walk. He is likely to shelter in either a tent or seek the hospitality of the church community.

"The 43-year-old man, who was arrested earlier this week on suspicion of the Reverend's murder, has been interviewed at length and has answered all questions put to him. Today he has been released on police bail, pending the completion of our inquiries."

If you see Farrow or know of his whereabouts you should ring 999 immediately.

Police would also like anyone who has information on Farrow to contact 101.

High visibility patrols continue in and around Thornbury. The community contact vehicle remains in the High Street to provide reassurance to local residents and a point for people to give any information they may have in relation to the police investigation.



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    In the last hour, Avon & Somerset police have revealed that the wanted man Stephen Farrow has been arrested.

    The arrest came at 4.20am at an address in Folkestone and followed a tip-off from a member of the public.

    Avon & Somerset DCI Simon Crisp said: "Early this morning, on our behalf, Kent Police arrested Stephen Farrow on suspicion of the murder of the Reverend John Suddards in Thornbury last week. His arrest follows a nationwide appeal for information which we released yesterday.

    "I would like to thank the public and all those who have helped us to find him. It was as a direct result of assistance from a member of the public that we were able to locate this man and we would like to express our sincere thanks and gratitude."

    By Becky_Feather at 08:41 on 19/02/12

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