POLICE will be on daily patrols in a Herefordshire town after a man was allegedly murdered.

Two men have been charged with the murder of Carl Dyche from Kington, with officers patrolling daily to “monitor community tension”.

Police arrested 19-year-old Ajay Price, of Canon Pyon, and 29-year-old Luke Bellis, of High Street in Kington, and the pair were remanded in custody after appearing at Kidderminster Magistrates Court this week.


A third man, John Locke, 33, of Greenfields in Kington, was charged with grievous bodily harm and also remanded in custody.

All the charges related to an alleged attack in Greenfields at around 11pm on Thursday, December 2. Police said Mr Dyche, 51, died later after going to hospital.

In a report to Kington Town Council’s full meeting on Monday, Inspector James Ashton said officers would be patrolling every day in the wake of the alleged murder.

“We are obviously keen to ensure that the community is reassured after this awful incident and safer neighbourhood officers will be patrolling daily to monitor community tension and provide reassurance,” he said.

“The family of Mr Dyche will be provided with a family liaison officer.”


North Herefordshire MP Bill Wiggin said the “tragic death” of Mr Dyche was “shocking and saddening”.

He said his thoughts and prayers went out to his family, also thanking police for their “swift and professional” approach.

“I understand that safer neighbourhood officers will be patrolling the area daily to provide reassurance to the community,” he added.

“I feel that it is important to stress that these things do not happen often in our county and that when they do we are well served by our police officers.”