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Maids Moreton: Ben Field murdered author Peter Farquhar Posted August 12th 2019

A churchwarden has been found guilty of murdering an author after tricking him into changing his will.

Benjamin Field, 28, manipulated 69-year-old Peter Farquhar for financial gain and tried to make his death look like an accident or suicide.

Field was also accused of plotting to kill Mr Farquhar’s neighbour Ann Moore-Martin, 83, in the village of Maids Moreton but was found not guilty.

He was remanded in custody and will be sentenced at a date to be fixed.

At Oxford Crown Court, Field was also acquitted of the attempted murder of Miss Moore-Martin.

Mr Farquhar died in the Buckinghamshire village in October 2015, while Miss Moore-Martin, who lived three doors away, died in May 2017 from natural causes.

Field, a Baptist minister’s son, admitted duping both Mr Farquhar and Miss Moore-Martin into fake relationships with him as part of a plot to get them to change their wills, but denied any involvement in their deaths.

The court heard Field had undergone a “betrothal” ceremony with Mr Farquhar and was in a sexual relationship with Miss Moore-Martin.

‘Night terrors’

Prosecutor Oliver Saxby QC told the trial Field carried out a sustained “gaslighting” plot aimed at making Mr Farquhar question his sanity.

Mr Farquhar’s drinks were topped up with bioethanol and poteen, a high strength Irish alcohol, and his food was laced with drugs, Mr Saxby said.

Mr Farquhar, who taught part-time at the University of Buckingham and had three novels published, suffered night terrors and hallucinations which he recorded in a handwritten journal.

His third novel A Wide Wide Sea, published in 2015, was dedicated to Field, who delivered the eulogy at his funeral.

Field’s co-accused Martyn Smith, 32, of Penhalvean, Redruth, Cornwall, was cleared of murdering Mr Farquhar, plotting to kill Miss Moore-Martin, fraud and burglary.

Speaking afterwards, he said: “I am relieved that this ordeal is finally over…The lessons I take from this case are first and foremost to always be your own person and secondly to always choose your friends very carefully.”

During the trial Field admitted drugging Mr Farquhar with benzodiazepines and hallucinogenic legal highs to “torment” him.

He told the jury he did it “for no other reason other than it was cruel, to upset and torment Peter – purely out of meanness”.

But prosecutors said Field had a “profound fascination in controlling and manipulating and humiliating and killing”.

After Mr Farquhar changed his will three times in two years to benefit Field, he “had to die”, Mr Saxby said.

‘Calculating and ruthless’

In a statement read by police, Mr Farquhar’s brother Ian said: “[Field’s] actions have been unbelievably callous, and he has told lie after lie after lie in order to achieve his goals, deceiving everyone he met.”

Senior investigating officer Mark Glover described Field as “cruel, calculating, manipulative, deceitful”, adding: “I don’t think evil is too strong a word for him.”

Chris Derrick, from the Crown Prosecution Service, said: “He is clearly a very calculating and ruthless man who spent a great deal of time planning what he was going to do.”

After the verdicts, journalist Michael Crick, who was taught by Mr Farquhar at Manchester Grammar School, tweeted: “It’s so dreadful to think my dear friend and teacher Peter Farquhar was murdered in such an awful way by a man he loved and trusted so much.”

Another former pupil of the school, David Scheinmann, directed 2013 film Believe and has said a headmaster character, played by Toby Stevens, was in part based on Mr Farquhar.

Editorial Comment My mother used to say, there is no fool like an old fool. Well, fools come in all ages, genders, shapes and sizes. It is the clever ones of both genders, especially those pledging love, we need to be carefull with. Not a good idea to be taken in by a young lover unless they are the wealthy ones. Both of the victims here were old and lonely, the biggest problem facing us as we end our days in Cruel Brttannia.

Aylesbury Traffic Congestion August 12th 2019

I waited 20 minutes at these lights on Aylesbury’s A41 this morning at 6 a,m.

I don’t wish to be overcritical as I have worked in road construction, in the days when I had to top up and light little red oil lamps at night to mark the roadside trenches.

I even worked for Bucks County Council Highways Department, Number One Division, before privatisation destroyed it, bringing in Thatcher’s profit motive. The old depot in Winslow is now full of houses.

There is a lot of profit in house building, with demand inflated by immigration, marriage breakdown and the long term effects of Thatcher selling off the council houses.

Profit was supposed to raise efficiency but does more to promote greed, wealth inequality and social disadvantage. So, that is why I was sitting there for over twenty minutes, with the lights stuck on red, on both sides.

As I sat there, I wondered what the temporary lights were there for. Maybe it was to mark the route of a new crossing, but there was nobody there to push the buttons.

Anyway, I had a job to do, needing to be in Dagenham by 7.30, so I crossed the red light, with a whole train of traffic following behind me. Those on the other side saw me move and drove off too.

One has to be very careful in these circumtances because for every hero cop there are hundreds who are just petty jobsworths- is that legal to say s? I think I can back this up given my experience and data, but that is another story.

Later on down the road, nearing the M25, BBC Three Counties Radio cut into my morning fix of ‘The ‘Today’ programme, advising thay traffic was abnormally slow through Aylesbury. Well, there;s a thing. Frustrating traffic flow without need or through incompetence contributes to accidents, so this is more serious than it might seem.

We are not all in secure public service jobs getting well paid regardless and protected from complaints because public servants must not be harrassed- I have been a public servant in the good old days and have no time for the new culture where the tail tends to wag the dog. Oh, have I offended anyone?

There is a new law to stop us doing that and Boris Johnson is planning new ones, with more prison places for this country which already has more in jail, with longer sentences, than any other western nation- amazing given his comments about Muslim ladies looking like pillare boxes or bank robbers. Hypocrisy is the British way.

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University of Buckingham launches investigation into alleged bullying by staff against students

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Published: 16:57 Wednesday 24 July 2019 Share this article

The University of Buckingham has launched an investigation after an alleged incident of bullying towards an overseas student during a lecture last year.

In the incident during a Legal Skills and Procedure module on August 6 2018, Glenn Stanbury, who is deputy director of the university’s part-time law programme, shouted at one student and swore at a second.

University of Buckingham library image
University of Buckingham library image

A recording of the incident has been uploaded to YouTube and is contained within this story – please be aware there is some strong language in the recording

In the incident, a student accidentally nods off during the class.

After Mr Stanbury yells at him to ‘wake up’, Mr Stanbury then demands the student leave.

When another student suggests Mr Stanbury ‘cuts the student a break’ the lecturer replies ‘I don’t give a s*** what you think.’

The student who had nodded off had recently endured a difficult incident in his personal life – the details of which we have agreed not to diclose.

The Advertiser understands fellow students were aware of the student’s circumstances but it is unclear how much staff knew about it.

Former student Christopher Harris, who has suspended his studies at the university, told the Advertiser he attempted to bring the incident to the attention of the university’s dean of law Sandra Clarke but he claims she refused to meet him.

A University of Buckingham spokesman said: “On 8 July 2019, the university was made aware by a student of an event that took place during a lecture on 6 August 2018.

“The university is currently investigating and cannot comment on any proceedings.

“We have a dignity at work policy which is designed to protect staff and students from bullying and harassment, and when complaints are received they are investigated and dealt with per the university’s procedures.”

In the university league tables for 2020, the University of Buckingham is placed 107th – a drop of 31 places compared to its 2019 ranking.

Long Delay on M40 southbound near Stokenchurch mid day July 11th 2019

HGV involved in major incident on M40 late morning near Stokenchurch. The lorry appears to have shed part of its load. Charles Close.

Traffic was backing up across all lanes all the way down from Stokenchurch to the Oxford A40 junction on the southbound carriageway of the M40 , mid day today, as fire and traffic officers dealt with the situation.

Aylesbury Vale councillors take John Bercow on tour of HS2 construction sites July 4th 2019 Sam Dean Buckingham Advertiser

John Bercow with local councillors and anti-HS2 campaigners
John Bercow with local councillors and anti-HS2 campaigners

MP for Buckingham and Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow visited two North Buckinghamshire villages on Friday to see for himself the impact of the construction of HS2.

MP for Buckingham and Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow visited two North Buckinghamshire villages on Friday to see for himself the impact of the construction of HS2.

John Bercow closely inspects HS2 work
John Bercow closely inspects HS2 work

Accompanied by councillors Angela Macpherson, Frank Mahon, Phil Gaskin, John Chilver and anti-HS2 campaigner Linda Knights, this reporter was invited to join the ride-along through Calvert Green and Steeple Claydon.

The key issues on the agenda were the raising of the height of the track and the building of a batching plant at Calvert Green, and the destruction of the countryside surrounding Steeple Claydon that ultimately drove anti-HS2 group ‘Save Our Countryside’ to take direct action by standing in front of works vehicles.

While there can be no questioning of Mr Bercow’s opposition to the high-speed rail project and his efforts to support his constituents, he had some sobering words for the group. The Speaker said:

“There isn’t a Parliamentary majority against HS2.

Picture showing approximate site of batching plant and proximity to residents
Picture showing approximate site of batching plant and proximity to residents

“The only people that are explicitly, vociferously against it are a small number of MPs affected in their own constituencies.”

Referring to the visit by Mr Bercow and what he hopes to achieve from the day, Calvert Green parish councillor Phil Gaskin said:

“Fundamentally we want to move the batching plant to a different location so it’s away from the community. It wasn’t anything that was ever covered in any of the documentation previously, so it’s something very new and it’s going to be a massive impact on the community.”

The local councillors took their MP to the bridge over the track in Calvert Green to demonstrate the proximity of the track and the planned batching plant to the village.

Batching plant example
Batching plant example

As we reported two weeks ago, HS2 communicated at the beginning of June this year that the track through Calvert Green would be raised by three metres from the original drawings, as well as providing a fuller scope of the size and description of the batching plant.

Councillor Phil Gaskin continued:

“The fact that HS2 used the depth of the line as a mitigating factor for the previous petition and now they’re saying it won’t make any difference – they’re contradicting themselves.

A trapeze artist performing as Happy's Circus comes to Buckingham Primary School

Buckingham pupils very happy as circus comes to town

“For me the real focus is on what is essentially an industrial batching facility. To have that on the doorstep on top of everything else that’s going on is one step too far. We feel misled because the image that they showed us at the roadshow in Calvert they’d actually put on the back of the information board. It’s all a little bit underhand in my opinion.”

HS2 are building 345 miles of new high-speed track which will connect the city centres of London, Birmingham, Manchester, and Leeds.

In March this year, ministers delayed signing off on the first half of spending for HS2 (London to The Midlands) until December due to concerns over spiralling costs. The cost was originally projected to be £32.7bn in 2010 but the Government now estimates it to be £56bn.

Work is just starting to get underway and will be completed in 2033. Recently the leaders of both Bucks County Council and Aylesbury Vale District Council wrote to Transport Secretary Chris Grayling to request that work be halted until the notice to proceed has been given in December but their pleas were rejected by the Government minister.

Multi Vehicle Crash in Bicester A41, July 5th 2019 Charles Close.

There was an interesting pile up this afternoon just before 3 pm in Bicester. The junction leading down to the M40 and A34 roundabout sees a lot of confused and aggressive driving in all directions. Today was no exception. The chunky car was hooked up on the crash barrier, with the tall sign left bent and teetering. The Fire Brigade were called to the scene.

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A horse was hit by a car and dragged along a road in Thornton in what police are calling ‘a distressing incident.’

The incident of careless driving happened just after 3.30pm on Sunday June 16 on Thornton Road, Thornton.

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Library image

Police say a vehicle was driven at speed around a blind bend causing a horse to fall to its knees and be dragged a short distance.

The horse sustained injuries to both front legs and is receiving veterinary treatment.

The rider, a woman, did not require hospital treatment but was left shaken after the incident.

Police say the vehicle involved is a gun metal steel grey 1 Series BMW whilst the driver is described as a white man in his late fifties.

The passenger was a woman, also aged in her late fifties, and there was a child in the back seat of the car.

Investigating officer Sergeant Emily Dover said: “This incident was distressing for the rider and the horse sustained injuries which are now requiring treatment.

“The driver had a total disregard for the welfare of the horse and the rider after driving off at the scene.

“We would therefore encourage anyone who knows anything about this incident to get in touch.

“We also believe that this vehicle may have been seen and potentially recorded on dash cam footage before or after this incident.

“The vehicle was travelling from Thornton and turning left when the incident happened.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Thames Valley Police on 101 quoting reference URN 933 (16/6).

Good news on affordable Housing in Aylesbury Vale

These units are going fast, so get down and dirty, the future is black, the future is dirt. Image copyright Charles Close

Meanwhile back in the local out of touch Tory batty cave : The Secretary of State for Transport, Chris Grayling, has rejected Buckinghamshire County Council’s (BCC) request that HS2 enabling works cease until Notice to Proceed is given. Bucks CC have always been so charmingly out of touch. I worked for them for a total of twenty year before going into local politics. You do not get value for money from these people, but they do.

The Secretary of State for Transport, Chris Grayling, has rejected Buckinghamshire County Council’s (BCC) request that HS2 enabling works cease until Notice to Proceed is given.

In his response letter Mr Grayling says:

“I must be clear that I do not intend to halt work on HS2 in Buckinghamshire or elsewhere. Completing HS2 is Government policy and has been supported by both sides of the House.”

On the 25 April, BCC unanimously passed a motion for leader Martin Tett to write to the Government formally making the request. The motion states:

“This council proposes that the leader should write to Government to request that all enabling works for HS2 in Buckinghamshire should be paused until the notice to proceed to main works contractors has been approved.”

It continues:

“We see no reason why the county should suffer significant disruption and long term environmental destruction until detailed design and cost has been approved.”

Also in his letter of reply, the Cabinet member wrote:

“I fully support HS2 Ltd’s commitments to both the environment and the local communities affected.

We are aiming for HS2 to be one of the most environmentally responsible infrastructure projects ever delivered in the UK, and managing its impact on the environment is a high priority.”

Perhaps unintentionally however, the Transport Secretary’s pushback does appear to acknowledge the basis of BCC’s original request when he states:

In March this year, ministers delayed signing off on the first half of spending for HS2, which runs from London to The Midlands, until December due to concerns over spiralling costs.

HS2 are building 345 miles of new high-speed track which will connect the city centres of London, Birmingham, Manchester, and Leeds.

Work is just starting to get underway and will be completed in 2033. Though the cost was originally projected to be £32.7bn in 2010, the Government now estimates it to be £56bn.

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So it is dangerous for me to suggest that what men want is something more traditionally feminine, the old fashioned mother thing. More and more ambitious women are schooled to reject this.

Nature abhors a vacuum and men look for the feminine in other men, which is why transexual men are so popular with them. Transexualism is a subject on its own and I have written and had published a book on the phenomeon – ‘Man Maid Woman.’

The issue of women adopting the more traditional male dress, hair cuts, jobs and body language as representing a wider form of transexualism is just not up for discussion as a social issue or in any way relevant to the rise of the LGBT community. To speak out of line is hate crime. Only the officials with their police/NHS tick boxes decide the truth.

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A tractor and trailer accident caused delays through Elmhurst Aylesbury a week last Saturday afternoon The accident happened on the roundabout at the junction of Bierton and Elmhurst Roads. A street lamp was damaged and police were called.

The incident at 16.30, Elmhurst, Aylesbury, Copyrigh Charles Close.