Three people arrested in Ding murder case

THE wife and son of suspected killer Anxiang Du were last night being quizzed by murder squad detectives as part of the investigation into the horrific deaths of the Ding family.

Detectives from the East Midlands Major Crime Team arrested three people yesterday morning as part of a year-long probe into the brutal murders of Jifeng “Jeff” Ding, Helen Chui, and their children Xing, aged 18, and Alice, aged 12.

The trio were arrested and then subsequently interviewed on suspicion of assisting Du, who remains the only suspect in the murder probe.

A police spokesman said: “Three people have been arrested in connection with the investigation into the deaths of the Ding family-of-four in Wootton, Northampton, in April 2011.

“A 54-year-old woman was arrested in the Radford area of Coventry, a 39-year-old woman was arrested in the Gloucester town centre area and a 25-year-old man was arrested in the Islington area of London. All three have been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to assist an offender in connection with Operation Nene.”

They were interviewed at police stations local to where they were arrested.

The 54-year-old woman is believed to be Can Chen, the wife of Du. She is understood to have been arrested at the couple’s home in the Radford area of Coventry.

The Evening Telegraph also understands the second person is Du’s 25-year-old son, Boqian, who is also known to live in London. The identity of the third arrest, a 39-year-old woman from Gloucester, is unknown. Du once owned Chinese herbal medicine shops in both Gloucester and Cheltenham.