THE murder of a popular young publican has sent shockwaves through the quiet village of Hanslope.
Jaime Ball was discovered with wounds to his chest inside the historic Globe Inn on Tuesday morning.
A 34-year-old man, who is understood to be a member of his partner’s family, has been arrested on suspicion of murder.
Police were called minutes before the pub was due to open at 11am and 29-year-old Mr Ball was rushed to Milton Keynes Hospital.
But doctors could do nothing to save him and he was pronounced dead shortly after arrival.
Mr Ball had been running the Globe with his partner Emma for the past year.
A skilled cook, he also ran his own outside catering business from the pub.
“He was a decent, polite and hard-working man. He and Emma seemed a good team and always made people feel very welcome,” said one customer.
“They hosted shooting parties for the local farmers and fitted in well with the local community.
“Jaime was keen to support the village and always bought his meat at the local butchers. He was thoughtful like that.”
Another customer said: “They seemed a lovely couple and were happy working together to make a go of their business.”
Emma has a small son who attends the village school.
She is helped by her family in the running of the pub, which is a 16th century coaching inn set in five acres of grounds.
The couple offered private parties and catering for outside functions.
A postmortem examination into the death of Mr Ball was due to take place yesterday.
As the Citizen went to press the 34-year-old suspect had not been charged.
He remained in police custody after a superintendent’s extension.
The officer leading the investigation, Detective Superintendent Rob Mason, said: We are in the very early stages of the investigation and we have a man in custody.
“The pub was closed at the time of the incident and the victim and the man in custody are known to each other.”
Hanslope is famed in history books for the murder of Squire Watts almost 100 years ago.
The wealthy landowner was walking home from church with his wife when he was shot by his own gamekeeper, who then turned the gun on himself.
The ‘Hanslope Squire’ murder reached national headlines – but the motive for the killing remains a mystery.