Thursday 21 September 2017

Man charged with 1966 teen murder

A 64-year-old man was today charged by detectives investigating the murder of a teenager in a village 45 years ago.

David Burgess is accused of murdering 17-year-old Yolande Waddington, who was found strangled in Beenham, Berkshire, in October 1966.



Burgess, formerly from Beenham, was arrested yesterday morning by officers from Thames Valley Police's major crime review team.



He has been remanded in custody to appear at Newbury Magistrates' Court on November 22, a police spokesman said.



In a statement, police said: "Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has authorised officers from Thames Valley Police to charge a 64-year-old man with the murder of Yolande Waddington in 1966.



"David Burgess, aged 64, formally of Beenham, was charged by officers from the force's Major Crime Review Team (MCRT), this afternoon.



"He has been remanded in custody to appear at Newbury Magistrates' Court on November 22.



"Yolande Waddington was found dead in the village of Beenham, Berkshire, in October 1966."



According to reports at the time, Ms Waddington's naked body was found in a ditch near a farm.



A mass blood test of every man and boy in Beenham was ordered by detectives investigating the killing.



A total of 190 men and boys aged from 16 to 50 were asked to submit blood samples, and notices headed "Murder" were distributed to shops and homes in the area.



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