Murder probe: CCTV footage released to track Hatfield couple

PUBLISHED: 15:28 31 May 2013 | UPDATED: 15:28 31 May 2013

Thomas Ward was fatally shot five days after the birth of his daughter Lilly

Thomas Ward was fatally shot five days after the birth of his daughter Lilly


CCTV footage has been released by police to help track down a Hatfield couple wanted in connection with a murder.

Detectives probing the shooting of Thomas Ward, who was killed in Stevenage on April 23, have released footage of vehicles they hope will trace John ‘John Boy’ Ward, 32, and his wife Joleen Josie Ward, 21.

The video shows vehicles driving to and from the Dyes Lane caravan site around the time of the killing, as well as a black Mercedes officers believe John Boy drove after the murder.

John Boy is slain Thomas’ second cousin and both he and his pregnant lover lived at Clarkson Court, Hatfield.

He is wanted on suspicion of conspiracy to murder and his spouse is wanted on suspicion of assisting an offender.

BBC’s Crimewatch aired an appeal last night (Thursday) in a bid to help officers find the couple, who may have fled to Europe.

Detective chief inspector Sharn Basra, who is leading the investigation, said: “We had an excellent response to our appeals for information last night and I would like to thank all those who made contact. We are now looking at a number of further lines of inquiry.

“However, our appeals for information on the whereabouts of John Boy and Joleen Josie Ward continue.

“We believe the couple left the country in the days after the murder and may be in Europe.

“However, they do both have links to North London. I would urge anyone who knows where they are to contact the police incident room or Crimestoppers.”

Thomas was killed after he was shot once in the chest with what is believed to be a shotgun, yards from his family.

Three men attacked his caravan and he was blasted as he came outside.

His wife and five day old child were inside.

Thomas then ran from the caravan before being found by his family, unconscious in nearby undergrowth.

He later died in hospital.

Officers are searching for information about three vehicles believed to be connected to the shooting.

The cars include a white Audi, which was displaying a cloned registration RV59 HSK.

This vehicle was seen in convoy with a white Volkswagen Golf ten minutes before the murder.

The third vehicle is a black Mercedes C250.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the incident room on 01707 355666.

A reward of up to £5,000 is being offered by Crimestoppers for information as part of the investigation.

The reward will be given to anyone who provides the independent charity with information leading to the arrest and conviction of any person or persons linked to the incident.

Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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