Beck Row: Community “not at risk” after double murder, say police

Police believe the murder of two men at a caravan site in Beck Row last night is related to an “ongoing dispute”.

Suffolk’s County policing commander, Chief Superintendent Stewart Gull, this morning said the men were found shot dead at the entrance to Willow Park caravan site, near the United States Air Force base at Lakenheath, following a call from a member of the public.

“We took a call at about 10.15pm from a local resident reporting what she thought were gun shots,” he said.

Police had also taken reports of fires at the same location and, on arrival, discovered a caravan and car alight.

The body of a man was found lying on the ground in the driveway of a Willow Park residence and another man’s body was found inside the car. Both had sustained gun shot wounds.


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Ch Supt Gull said: “This is a major enquiry. We are treating both deaths as homicide. The investigation will be led by the Norfolk and Suffolk Joint Major Investigation Team.

“The investigation is in its very early stages and it is not clear exactly what we’re dealing with, but it would appear to relate to an ongoing dispute.

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“There is no suggestion that the wider community are at risk. That said, we will be continuing to engage with them to provide further reassurance and to gather any more information they might have.”

Ch Supt Gull said there had yet been nothing to suggest police would not receive the support of the Willow Park community and said officers will remain in the area for at least the next three days.

He would not speculate whether the murders were linked to previous incidents at the site, saying it was too early to say if the deaths were linked to a shooting at the site last month, but added that police would “look to establish any correlation.”

Five men were arrested after a vehicle was shot at around 7.15am on February 17. They remain on police bail.

Anyone with information is asked to call Suffolk Police on 01473 613500 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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