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Man charged with murder near Blandford

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Published at 7:43am 12th February 2019.

A man's due to appear in court today charged with murder in connection with the death of a man on a farm near Blandford.

  • 25-year-old Marcin Tameczka, a Polish national, died at Handford Farm last year.
  • 26-year-old Matthew James Cradock from Shaftesbury has been charged with murder.
  • A 27-year-old man arrested at the time will face no further police action.

Dorset Police were called to Hanford Farm at 8.25pm on Friday 28 September 2018. They had received a report that a 25-year-old man had sustained serious injuries following an incident there.

The man - named by detectives as 25-year-old Marcin Tameczka, a Polish national who was living locally - was later pronounced dead at the scene.

Matthew James Cradock, aged 26 and of Shaftesbury, was arrested in connection with the incident and released on police bail. He's been charged with murder and is due to appear before Winchester Crown Court today (Tuesday 12 February 2019.)

Detective Chief Inspector Richard Dixey, of the Major Crime Investigation Team (MCIT), said: "Following a thorough investigation and consultation with the Crown Prosecution Service, a charge of murder has been authorised.

"Family liaison officers have updated Marcin's family and will continue to provide support.

"It is also important to stress that - as is typical in such circumstances - it would be entirely inappropriate for Dorset Police to comment further ahead of the court process. It is vital that the justice system is allowed to follow its course."

A 27-year-old Shaftesbury man who was arrested on suspicion of murder in connection with the incident was subsequently released from under investigation and faces no further police action.

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