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Murder of Barry Rubery

New appeal for information in relation to the murder of Barry Rubery at Iron Acton in April 2010

Appeal for Information

Avon and Somerset Police have issued a fresh appeal for information relating to the murder of 68-year-old Barry Rubery, who was found tied-up and beaten to death at his home address of Crossing Cottage, Iron Acton, South Gloucestershire, on Thursday 29th April 2010.

Barry was a father and grandfather, and ran a container yard next to his cottage. He was last seen by friends when they dropped him home at around 10.45pm on Wednesday 28th April 2010.

We believe that Barry’s attackers were waiting for him when he arrived home. Barry’s cottage was subjected to an extensive search, but it appears that little of value was taken.

Can you help the investigation team?

  • Did you see any suspicious vehicles parked near to Crossing Cottage that night? In particular, did you see a Land Rover or black Mitsubishi L200?
  • Were you somehow connected to this crime in any way? Maybe this is something that went well beyond your agreed involvement, or you have not previously come forward because of fear or previous loyalties. Please talk to us. We want to hear from you.
  • Are you concerned about the change in behaviour of a friend or relative, or anyone showing a particular interest in this inquiry?
  • Do you have information on where Barry’s missing property might be? We believe his Nokia 3310 mobile phone and some keys were taken. Where are they?
  • It’s also been suggested that a gold Masonic pocket watch, a Makita drill and an extension lead were taken. What happened to these items?
  • Do you know what was troubling Barry on his yard? Friends reported him being distracted and concerned about a group of people frequenting his yard. Who were these people and why were they on his yard?
  • Do you hold any additional information that might help police identify Barry’s killers? Even information or detail which may seem small or inconsequential could prove to be vital in helping us solve this horrific crime.

Contact Information

If you would prefer to speak to someone please call 101 and ask for Avon and Somerset Constabulary and say you have information relating to the murder of Barry Rubery.

You can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or online at