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Colchester: Murder investigation continues as police name Castle Park victim as 33-year-old James Attfield

11:20 29 March 2014

James Attfield, 33, from Colchester, who died after he was found with injuries in the town's Castle Park

James Attfield, 33, from Colchester, who died after he was found with injuries in the town's Castle Park

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Police investigating a possible murder in Colchester’s Castle Park have named the man who died.

Police at the scene in Castle Park in Colchester.Police at the scene in Castle Park in Colchester.

James Attfield, also known as Jim, 33, of East Bay, Colchester, was found by a member of the public just before 5.45am on Saturday.

He died while paramedics were at the scene having suffered serious injuries to his upper body, including to his head and hands.

A post-mortem examination is expected to take place on Sunday.

A cordon remains on an area about 1.5 miles long between Wakefield Close and Riverside Place, covering a footpath and greensward - and police are urging the public to remain vigilant as no suspect has yet been traced.

Detectives from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate are working to piece together Mr Attfield’s movements on Friday evening in to Saturday morning.

Anyone who may have seen him in Colchester town centre or in Castle Park is urged to get in contact. Police are also seeking information about a man who was seen walking along East Hill at 5.30am this morning.

DCI Simon Werrett, senior investigating officer, said: “Castle Park is used at all hours of the day and night and I’m sure someone will have seen something. I really need to hear from anyone who saw anybody acting suspiciously in the park, anyone who heard anything untoward, or anyone who thinks they may know who is responsible for Jim’s death.

“Equally I would invite the person or people responsible to hand themselves in. We have not yet been able to establish a motive for this violent attack during which we believe a bladed weapon has been used.

“Until the post-mortem examination has been carried out I am unable to say what that weapon may have been or to elaborate on the injuries caused.”

Local superintendent Steve Ditchburn said there will be an increased police presence in Colchester town centre this evening, both to assist with the investigation and to offer reassurance to local residents.

He said: “We remain concerned that we have not yet been able to trace the person or people responsible for this death.

“I hope residents will take some reassurance from the increased presence today which will be continuing throughout the evening and as long as is necessary, but I am aware that this incident will be causing some to worry.

“I would ask people to remain vigilant and to contact us if they see anything suspicious.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact the North Major Investigation Team on 01206 576845, 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

6 comments

  • So so sad no one deserves to die this way rip James Attfield thinking of family and friends xxx

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    Rach01

    Monday, March 31, 2014

  • So so sad no one deserves to die this way rip James Attfield thinking of family and friends xxx

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    Rach01

    Monday, March 31, 2014

  • So so sad no one deserves to die this way rip James Attfield thinking of family and friends xxx

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    Rach01

    Monday, March 31, 2014

  • So so sad no one deserves to die this way rip James Attfield thinking of family and friends xxx

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    Rach01

    Monday, March 31, 2014

  • So so sad no one deserves to die this way rip James Attfield thinking of family and friends xxx

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    Rach01

    Monday, March 31, 2014

  • So so sad no one deserves to die this way rip James Attfield thinking of family and friends xxx

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    Rach01

    Monday, March 31, 2014

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