Man found dead after being stabbed in the back

Police at the scene of the incident in Ryegate Road Picture: JAKE FOXFORD

Police at the scene of the incident in Ryegate Road Picture: JAKE FOXFORD - Credit: Archant

A murder probe has been launched after a man was found dead having been stabbed in the back next to Colchester’s Castle Park.

A public walkway was blocked by a forensics team to prevent the public approaching Ryegate Road and

A public walkway was blocked by a forensics team to prevent the public approaching Ryegate Road and Castle Park Picture: JAKE FOXFORD - Credit: Archant

Paramedics from the East of England Ambulance Service were first at the scene, with the ambulance crew reporting the incident to the police about 8.20am on Monday, February 11 in Ryegate Road.

Ryegate Road runs along the side of Castle Park, close to Colchester’s town centre, starting just meters from the town’s high street.

The paramedics reported that he was found dead with a stab wound in his back.

At this time there is no description of the victim or an attacker.

Officers stood guard at public entrances to Ryegate Road after a man was found dead, stabbed in the

Officers stood guard at public entrances to Ryegate Road after a man was found dead, stabbed in the back Picture: JAKE FOXFORD - Credit: Archant


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Essex Police said thatinvestigations remain at an early stage.

Officers are appealing to anyone who was in the area this morning and saw what happened.

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Anyone with further information should call the North Major Crime team on 101, quoting incident 208 of today’s date.

You can also contact police online.

Essex Police vehicles gathered in number at the Castle Park entrance at the top of Ryegate Road, clo

Essex Police vehicles gathered in number at the Castle Park entrance at the top of Ryegate Road, close to coffee shops, traders and just meters from the High Street Picture: JAKE FOXFORD - Credit: Archant

Alternatively, contact the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111 or use the anonymous online form at Crimestoppers-uk.org

There was a police presence in the High Street in Colchester for the whole morning on February 12 Pi

There was a police presence in the High Street in Colchester for the whole morning on February 12 Picture: JAKE FOXFORD - Credit: Archant

The Dutch Quarter is in the centre of Colchester, containing some of the town's oldest homes and a t

The Dutch Quarter is in the centre of Colchester, containing some of the town's oldest homes and a tight-knit community Picture: JAKE FOXFORD - Credit: Archant

Ryegate Road is a narrow street directly next to Castle Park, Colchester. Essex Police erected a wid

Ryegate Road is a narrow street directly next to Castle Park, Colchester. Essex Police erected a wide cordon to keep the public away from the murder scene Picture: JAKE FOXFORD - Credit: Archant

Some of Castle Park's gates were not accessible and residents had to find alternative ways home Pict

Some of Castle Park's gates were not accessible and residents had to find alternative ways home Picture: JAKE FOXFORD - Credit: Archant

The Essex Police cordon around the murder scene grew as the investigation into the stabbing went on

The Essex Police cordon around the murder scene grew as the investigation into the stabbing went on Picture: JAKE FOXFORD - Credit: Archant

One alleyway between Maidenburgh Road and Ryegate Road, blocked by Essex Police at one end as they i

One alleyway between Maidenburgh Road and Ryegate Road, blocked by Essex Police at one end as they investigated the murder Picture: JAKE FOXFORD - Credit: Archant

Police tape was tied across driveways paralell to Castle Park while Essex Police cordoned off Ryegat

Police tape was tied across driveways paralell to Castle Park while Essex Police cordoned off Ryegate Road Picture: JAKE FOXFORD - Credit: Archant

Patrol cars were positioned throughout Colchester's Dutch Quarter, from Ryegate Road to George Stree

Patrol cars were positioned throughout Colchester's Dutch Quarter, from Ryegate Road to George Street where an earlier stabbing took place Picture: JAKE FOXFORD - Credit: Archant

All of the public alleyways to Maidenburgh Road were blocked by a police cordon as forensic officers

All of the public alleyways to Maidenburgh Road were blocked by a police cordon as forensic officers collected evidence in Rygate Road Picture: JAKE FOXFORD - Credit: Archant

Ryegate Road was closed down to the gate to lower Castle Park in Colchester while Essex Police worke

Ryegate Road was closed down to the gate to lower Castle Park in Colchester while Essex Police worked at the scene Picture: JAKE FOXFORD - Credit: Archant

The snooker club on George Street is next to The George public house and restaurant on Colcheter's H

The snooker club on George Street is next to The George public house and restaurant on Colcheter's High Street Picture: JAKE FOXFORD - Credit: Archant

The George Street snooker club, shut while Essex Police gathered evidence at the scene of one of the

The George Street snooker club, shut while Essex Police gathered evidence at the scene of one of the stabbings in Colchester on February 11 Picture: JAKE FOXFORD - Credit: Archant

The George Street stabbing was meters from the snooker club, closed for buisness while the police in

The George Street stabbing was meters from the snooker club, closed for buisness while the police investigation takes place Picture: JAKE FOXFORD - Credit: Archant

The victim of the George Street stabbing is in hospital in a serious condition. The victim of the Ry

The victim of the George Street stabbing is in hospital in a serious condition. The victim of the Ryegate Road stabbing was found dead at the scene Picture: JAKE FOXFORD - Credit: Archant

A stabbing in George Street overnight still had a police cordon in place - Essex Police are investig

A stabbing in George Street overnight still had a police cordon in place - Essex Police are investigation whether it is connected to the Ryegate Road murder probe Picture: JAKE FOXFORD - Credit: Archant

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