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Police launch murder investigation after woman sprayed with chemical on Frogmoor dies in hospital

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Frogmoor, High Wycombe.

A murder investigation has been launched by Thames Valley Police following the death of a woman who sustained chemical burns after being caught up in an altercation on Frogmoor on Saturday 3rd June 2017.

Detectives are appealing to the public to locate a bottle which contained the chemical which injured the woman as it has yet to be recovered. The bottle is shown in the following picture :

On Saturday 3rd June 2017, at approximately 4.48pm, a group of men became involved in an altercation in Frogmoor, High Wycombe. A woman who was sitting on a bench nearby was sprayed with a liquid, believed to be an alkaline substance, after a bottle was kicked during the fight.

The woman sustained serious burns and was taken to hospital for treatment and was later discharged. On Friday 9th June 2017 the woman was readmitted to Stoke Mandeville Hospital were she sadly died on Wednesday 14th June 2017.

The woman has been identified as Joanne Rand, aged 47, from Marlow. A Home Office Post-Mortem examination will take place in due course.

Thames Valley Police are continuing to investigate the circumstances and is re-appealing to the public for information. Police officers would like to speak to anyone who saw the incident, any arguments or altercations in the town centre in the minutes leading up to this time.

Senior investigating officer Detective Superintendent Paul Hayles, from Buckinghamshire Force CID, said: ‘A team of detectives is continuing to investigate this incident and carry out enquiries.

I would like to appeal to the public, particularly those who live or work between Frogmoor and the railway station in High Wycombe, to be aware of the bottle photographed which may have been discarded possibly in or with a dark coloured shoulder bag in the area.

I would like to warn members of the public not to touch the bottle if they see it but to instead contact police as soon as possible. The bottle is white and has an orange or red hazard label on the side.

Superintendent Ed McLean, Local Police Area Commander for High Wycombe, said: ‘A thorough investigation is taking place in relation to this incident.

People in the community may also notice police search activity taking place. They should not be concerned however if anyone has any issues they wish to raise or any information they can approach and speak to an officer.

On Tuesday 13th June 2017 an 18 year old man of Westway, Hammersmith and Fulham, London was charged with one count of robbery in connection with the incident. On Wednesday 14th June 2017 the 18 year old man appeared at High Wycombe Magistrates’ Court where he was further remanded by the court.

Thames Valley Police are appealing for anyone who may have any information relating to this case to please call 101 quoting reference ‘URN 1902 3/6’ or to contact Crimestoppers anonymously.

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