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Police launch murder investigation at Orchard House

20 April 2022

It is with shock and great sadness that we can confirm three people were found deceased at Orchard House, Blind Lane, Bourne End, yesterday evening (Tuesday 19th April).

Police were called to the sheltered scheme, which is owned by Red Kite Community Housing, at 10pm for a fear of welfare at one of the flats.

They have today (Wednesday 20th April) confirmed that three bodies have been found in one of the homes. Their next of kin have been informed and are being supported by specially trained officers.

Julie Gamble-Kempe, Head of Communications and Brand at Red Kite, said:

“We are all shocked that this has happened at one of our schemes and will be fully cooperating with the police to help with their investigation.

“The welfare of our tenants and their safety is of utmost importance to us, so we will be working with tenants who live at the scheme to ensure they feel safe and secure and will do everything we can to help them through this very difficult time.

“As this is now an active murder investigation we cannot comment further on the circumstances.”

Police have asked that anyone who may have heard a disturbance or seen anyone or anything unusual in or around Orchard House or Spring Gardens between 5-10pm on Tuesday 19th April to call 101, quoting reference 2037 of 19/4/2022.

There will be an increased police presence in the area over the coming days while investigations continue. If you have any concerns, please speak to a uniformed officer.


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Red Kite Community Housing is the trading name of Red Kite Community Housing Limited, a charitable registered society which operates for the benefit of the community under the Cooperative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014, registered in England with the Financial Conduct Authority (registration number 31322R) and the Regulator of Social Housing (registration number 4682). VAT number 290 7410 06.