flowers laid outside Ken and Freda's house

Council Leader updates on Ken and Freda Walker

21 January 2022

Following yesterday’s press conference where it was confirmed that a 33-year old man had been arrested on suspicion of the murder of Freda Walker and the attempted murder of Ken Walker, I can now confirm that the Police have charged the person.

Vasile Culea was arrested at his home in Grove Road, Church Warsop, on Thursday 20 January by detectives investigating the incident. The swift and decisive action by the Police has led to this arrest and whilst this positive news will help reassure our local communities, the investigation is still active and we will continue to support the Police in any way we can.

On another positive note, Ken’s condition has improved slightly and we wish him a speedy recovery.

If anyone has any information that could help and assist the Police enquiries then please come forward. In particular detectives still want to speak to anyone who was walking or driving on Station Road between 4.30pm on Friday 14 January and 9am on Saturday 15 January to come forward as soon as possible.

Anyone who may be able to help detectives with their enquiries is asked to contact Derbyshire police using any of the below methods, including reference 240-150122:

You can also anonymously contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111 or by visiting Crime Stoppers.

The Police statement can be viewed on their website.


20 January 2022

The Council Leader, Steve Fritchley attended a press conference with Assistant Chief Constable, Dave Kirby today (20 January) who announced that in the early hours of this morning they had arrested a 33-year old man in Warsop on suspicion of the murder of Freda Walker and attempted murder of Ken Walker. Ken is still in a critical condition in hospital.

The Police are still appealing for any witnesses who were in and around the area of Station Road, Langwith Junction from 4.30pm on Friday 14 January to 9am on Saturday 15 January to come forward so the Police can speak to them.

Council Leader, Steve Fritchley said, "I am obviously delighted that an arrest has been made and would like to thank the Police for all their efforts to date in making this arrest and hopefully this will help local residents feel more comfortable and safe in the immediate area. We will continue to assist the Police in any way which we can to help get a conviction for this terrible incident."

The full Police statement can be viewed on their website.

 

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