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Plungar Death: Murder investigation victim named by police as investigation continues

A man whose body was discovered in a field in Plungar has been named as 46-year-old Timothy Macdonald.

Police were called to the scene, off Highgate Lane, at 3.30pm on Tuesday afternoon, following the discovery of Mr Macdonald’s body.

Mr Macdonald, who was also known as Don, is believed to have suffered a head injury and his death is being treated as suspicious. A murder investigation remains ongoing.

The A52 in Nottinghamshire remains closed for investigation after a car was stopped by armed officers from the Leicestershire Force as part of the investigation.

Timothy Macdonald. Photo: Leicestershire Police/Family Handout.

Officers approached the vehicle where the male driver was found to have suffered a serious injury to his head. Despite first aid given by police, the man was pronounced deceased at the scene. A 'non-police issue' firearm was also discovered in the vehicle.

The incident has been referred to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) and Leicestershire Police say they will fully cooperate with the investigation.

Police on the A52 in Nottinghamshire following the incident on Thursday morning. Photo: NEMM

Today (Friday) the family of Mr Macdonald have paid tribute to him describing him as a “much loved son, father, brother and son-in-law.”

In a statement, they said: “We are heartbroken and devastated. Timothy was a much-loved son, father, brother and son-in-law who will be missed so much by all of us. We ask for privacy while we now try to come to terms with what has happened.

“We also ask that anyone with any information who has not yet spoken to police please does so as soon as possible. Thank you.”

A police cordon which was in place at the scene in Plungar has now been removed. Enquiries in the investigation remain ongoing.

Mr Macdonald's body was discovered in a field in Plungar on Tuesday afternoon. Photo: NEMM

Senior Investigating Officer in the murder investigation, Detective Inspector David Greenhalgh, from the East Midlands Special Operations Unit (EMSOU), said: “Our enquiries following the discovery of a man’s body in Plungar remain ongoing as we continue to establish the full circumstances of what has happened. Specialist officers are providing support to the man’s family at this time.

“We do continue to appeal to anyone who was in the Plungar area on Tuesday afternoon or who has any information in relation to the incident to come forward to us. Did you see anyone go into a field? Did you see or hear anything unusual or which caused you concern?

“I understand there will be concern in the community and our officers remain in the area offering reassurance as our enquiries continue. Please do speak with them.

“Thank you to everyone who has provided information to us and for your continued support at this time.”

Mr Macdonald's body was discovered in Plungar which is about 9 miles North of Melton. Photo: NEMM

Anyone with any information can report online at or by calling 101 quoting reference 23*690816.

The IOPC confirmed they were made aware of the incident on the A52 at around 12:30am on Thursday morning where armed officers involved in a murder investigation had followed a man driving a silver coloured Mazda Tamura.

A spokesperson for the IOPC said: "“After being notified by the force we sent investigators to the scene and to the police post-incident procedures in Leicester. We have since declared an independent investigation, and that will consider the circumstances of the police involvement. Initial accounts have been provided by officers involved and we have also gathered police body worn footage for review.

“Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the man who died, and all those affected by this incident.”

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