RAINWORTH MURDER: Neighbour appears in court

Pearl Close at Rainworth.
Pearl Close at Rainworth.

SIXTY-YEAR-OLD Rainworth man Jeffrey Burton was remanded in custody by Mansfield magistrates on Wednesday morning charged with the murder of his 70-year-old Pearl Close neighbour Harry Raymond Tindall on Boxing Day.

Burton is expected to make an application for bail at the Crown Court within the next few days. No plea was taken.

.Pearl Close Police Rainworth

.Pearl Close Police Rainworth

Mr Tindall was found injured in Pearl Close around midday on Monday.

Police said on Tuesday night that a Home Office post-mortem examination found the cause of his death to be a stab wound to the chest.

A 54-year-old woman arrested in connection with the incident has been released on police bail pending further enquiries, until a date in January.

Police were called to Pearl Close just before midday on Boxing Day following reports that a man had been injured. Paramedics pronounced the 70-year-old victim dead at the scene.

Det Ch Insp Simon Firth has reassured residents, saying: “We would like to thank all the residents on the street and reassure them that this is just an isolated incident; they have provded us with invaluable support at a very difficult time in the festive period.”

Neighbours of the victim are struggling to come to terms with what happened so close to their homes.

Carol Bingley (68) said she had been preparing food for visitors when police knocked on her door at around 12.30pm.

“It is a shock and difficult to get off your mind,” she said. “We are a quiet close and don’t go in each other’s houses so I only knew the gentleman to say hello to.

“I think everyone will be traumatised by what has happened.”

A 45-year-old man, also of Pearl Close, who asked not to be named, said: “There were about 10 police cars and people stayed indoors while officers came and went,” he said.

“It is a shock and we are a quiet street but everyone says that when this sort of thing happens near to where they live.”

Nearby resident Dale Gratton added: “I was horrified to hear about what happened to our close neighbour.

“We live in a small quiet community where very little happens at all. Our hearts go out to the family of the deceased even more so at Christmas time.”

Rainworth district councillor John Bradbury said: “We don’t know the full details yet but anything like this is a shock to people and it is a very bad time of the year.”