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Colchester: Police arrest man in James Attfield murder investigation

Members of the Essex Police Marine Unit search along the River Colne on Wednesday, 2 April for the weapon used to kill James Attfield.

Members of the Essex Police Marine Unit search along the River Colne on Wednesday, 2 April for the weapon used to kill James Attfield.

A man has been arrested this afternoon by detectives.


The Colchester man, 38, was arrested in Cowdray Avenue in the town.

He has been taken to a police station for questioning in connection with the murder of James Attfield, 33.

Mr Attfield, of East Bay, Colchester, was found in Lower Castle Park on Saturday morning with 102 stab wounds.

Despite the arrest, police are still appealing for information from the public, and say it does not mean whoever is responsible for Mr Attfield’s death has been caught.

Det Chief Insp Simon Werrett, senior investigating officer, said: “I would urge members of the public to continue to call my team with any information they might have about the whereabouts of James Attfield or anything they may have seen or heard in the Castle Park area during the early hours of Saturday morning.

“This is very much a fast moving and ongoing investigation which really needs information from the public.”

Earlier today Mr Attfield’s mother, Julie Finch, made an emotional plea for information.

Marine police officers have been scouring a lake and river near where his body was found.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the North Major Investigation Team on 01245 282103 from 6.30am-8pm, Outside these hours call 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.



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