Murdered Bedfordshire man died from gunshot wound to back

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Image caption Jessie Smith, 36, from Bedfordshire, died as a result of a gunshot wound to the back

A 36-year-old father killed in a village in Cambridgeshire on New Year's Day died from a gunshot wound to the back, post-mortem tests have found.

Jessie Smith, known as Jess, of Common Road, Potton, Bedfordshire, was found dead in a car in Burwell at 02:00 GMT.

Cambridgeshire Police have launched a murder inquiry and are appealing for witnesses to come forward.

Mr Smith's family said in a statement: "Jess was a lovely husband and you couldn't find a better father."

Image caption A cordon was put in place at First Drove and will remain "for some time", police said

Police said a cordon remains in place in First Drove in the village, where the body was found, and police searches and patrols will continue in the area.

Det Ch Insp Jason Gordon said: "We continue to treat this as an isolated incident and are still keen to hear from anyone who has any information about this man's death.

"Specialist officers are providing support for the family at this difficult time and it is vital we trace whoever is responsible."

Image caption Police said the inquiry was in its early stages but the murder was being treated as "an isolated incident"
Image caption Cambridgeshire Police officers were called to reports of a shooting in First Drove, Burwell, at about 02:00 GMT

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