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Colchester: Police investigating James Attfield murder release efits of men they want to trace

15:46 07 April 2014

Police would like to trace a man matching this description who was seen in the area of Ryegate Road, Colchester, at about 11pm on Friday, March 28.

Police would like to trace a man matching this description who was seen in the area of Ryegate Road, Colchester, at about 11pm on Friday, March 28.

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Police investigating the murder of a vulnerable man in Colchester have released three computer efits of people they want to trace.

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Police would like to trace a man matching this e-fit who was seen in the area of Pillbox Walk at about 6.05am on Saturday, March 29Police would like to trace a man matching this e-fit who was seen in the area of Pillbox Walk at about 6.05am on Saturday, March 29

Detectives from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate are trying to contact the men (pictured) who may have information to assist their investigation into the murder of James Attfield.

Mr Attfield was found injured in Castle Park at 5.45am on Saturday, March 29, and died while paramedics were fighting to save his life.

He suffered 102 separate lacerations or puncture wounds, and the provisional cause of death was identified as multiple stab wounds.

Senior investigating officer DCI Simon Werrett said: “I need anyone who recognises who any of these people might be to contact my team, as they may hold information which could be vital to the on-going investigation in to the murder of James Attfield.

Police would like to trace a man matchign this e-fit who was seen on a pathway between Northgate Street and Lincoln Way, by the Roman wall, at about 10.25pm on Friday, March 28.Police would like to trace a man matchign this e-fit who was seen on a pathway between Northgate Street and Lincoln Way, by the Roman wall, at about 10.25pm on Friday, March 28.

“We have had a good response from members of the public following our appeals and the anniversary checks we did on Friday night, but still need any information people may have, no matter how small, to help piece together James’ last movements and find the person or people who killed him.”

The first efit is of a man who was seen in the area of Ryegate Road, Colchester, at about 11pm on Friday, March 28.

He is described as white, aged in his late 20s or early 30s and had dark hair and stubble. He wore jeans and a red checked shirt.

The second person police would like to trace is a man who was seen in the area of Pillbox Walk at about 6.05am on Saturday, March 29.

He is described as white, around 40 to 45-years-old, about 6ft tall and of large build. He was wearing a knee-length grey coat which was in poor condition, and black jeans. He was carrying a blue plastic bag in one hand and a can of beer in the other.

The third image is of a man who was seen on a pathway between Northgate Street and Lincoln Way, by the Roman wall, at about 10.25pm on Friday, March 28. He was white, aged in his late 40s, with short hair, possibly balding, and was around 6ft 2ins tall. He was wearing a beige coloured coat which was knee-length and had the collar of the coat up around his mouth.

Divers from Sussex Police, who are assisting the investigation, have continued their searches of the River Colne today.

A police cordon remains in place while the searches continue, and residents are thanked for their cooperation.

Anyone who recognises someone from the e-fit images, or who has any other information to pass on, can contact the investigation team via the hotline number 01245 282103 between 6.30am and 8pm, and outside these times on 101. You can also give information anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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