Two more arrests over taxi driver murder

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Police investigating the murder of a taxi driver found shot dead and dumped in his car made their 11th arrest in connection with the probe today.

The body of 43-year-old Stuart Ludlam, from Darley Dale, Derbyshire, was found in the boot of his silver Ford Focus estate taxi at Cromford railway station, near Matlock, on September 17.

Derbyshire police said they had arrested a man and a woman, both aged 31, in Derby this morning on suspicion of conspiracy to commit murder.

This took the total number of arrests made to 11.

The two suspects will be questioned by officers today.

A 61-year-old man arrested yesterday in Ripley on suspicion of murder on Sunday, September 27 remains in custody.

Eight other men have been arrested on suspicion of murder and released.

An 18-year old man and a 32-year-old man were released without charge.

Six others - aged 48, 47, 34, 33, 23 and 17, were released on bail pending further inquiries.

Last week officers confirmed rumours that Mr Ludlam's death could be connected to an argument between cabbies was one of the lines of inquiry they were pursuing.

Mr Ludlam, who was married with three children aged two, 12 and 15, worked for Middleton-by-Wirksworth-based MJ Taxis.

He was last seen by his colleagues at his company's office on September 17 an hour before he was found at 12.40pm.