Murdered Armthorpe gypsy was ‘well loved and respected’, says family

Murder victim Barry Smith, who was originally from Armthorpe
Murder victim Barry Smith, who was originally from Armthorpe
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An Armthorpe gypsy who was murdered in Derbyshire was a father-of-four and a grandfather.

Barry Smith, 48, has been described by his family as ‘well loved and respected in all communities and around the country’.

His body was found in the grounds of Kilburn Welfare Social Club at about 8.30am on Sunday.

Four people have been charged in connection with his murder.

His family said in a statement: “Well liked and respected Gypsy man Barry Smith leaves brother, sister and four children and three grandchildren.

“Originally from Armthorpe in Doncaster, he resided in Kilburn where he has been attacked and killed over the weekend.

“Barry was well loved and respected in all communities and around the country.

“His family would like to thank everyone for the kind words of condolence received and thank Derbyshire Constabulary for the ongoing support.

“We now wish to be left in peace to grieve.”

Vincent Aitken, 43, and his wife, Pamela, 40, of Chapel Street, Kilburn went before Nottingham Crown Court yesterday, when they were remanded in custody.

Neither of them applied for bail and they will appear at the same court again on October 23.

Their daughter, Emma Aitken, 18, along with her partner, Nathan Doherty, 27, of Portland Street, Derby have appeared at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court and are due to appear before a judge at Nottingham Crown Court today.

Aitken, his daughter and Doherty are all charged with murder. Mrs Aitken is charged with assisting an offender.

A 28-year-old man arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender was released on bail pending further inquiries.

Anyone with information should contact Derbyshire police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.