Midsomer Murders town in shock after women found dead and man arrested

A MURDER investigation has been launched after the bodies of two women were found in a house in a picturesque market town.

The bodies were discovered in Thame in Oxfordshire, which is a sought-after postcode and has been used as a filming location for ITV’s hugely popular Midsomer Murders.

A third woman was taken to hospital but her condition is not thought to be life-threatening, a Thames Valley Police spokesman confirmed.

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A man was arrested on suspicion of murder in Thame Market Place shortly after the bodies were found at about 2.20am yesterday.

The 21-year-old suspect was then taken to Abingdon police station for questioning.

Neighbours spoke of their shock at having a murder inquiry in their “delightful” town, which boasts one of the Bee Gees, Robin Gibb, as a resident.

One Ireton Court resident, who declined to be named, said: “All the police have told us is that it’s a major incident. Neighbours are saying it is a domestic.

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“I don’t know the people involved but Thame is a delightful town. It is a shock that something like this has happened here.

“I have lived here for 12 years and this is the first time that I have had a major incident in my street. I heard a helicopter flying overheard but I presumed there had been a car accident.

“It had its searchlight on and, thinking about it now, they must have been looking for someone. People haven’t been allowed to take their cars out and that’s all I know.”

Police confirmed it appeared the two women who died may have sustained stab wounds.

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Post mortem examinations are due to be conducted on their bodies as the third injured woman remained in hospital for treatment.

The suspect who has been arrested is understood to have known all three women but their relationship has not been disclosed.

Detective Chief Inspector Joe Kidman, the senior investigating officer, said: “We are in the early stages of our investigation. We have arrested a man on suspicion of murder.

“At this time it appears that all parties are known to each other and we are not seeking anyone else in connection with this case.

“We are working hard to establish the full circumstances of this incident and what led to the tragic deaths of these two women.”