Eye: Officers renew murder appeal

POLICE are renewing their appeal for information on the third anniversary of the death of the Suffolk man, Richard Clarke.

Mr Clarke, 73, died after being found collapsed on his driveway in Cranley Green Road, Eye, on Saturday, August 22, 2009.

The Norfolk and Suffolk Joint Major Investigation Team carried out extensive inquiries and as a result of this work it is suspected that Mr Clarke was the victim of an assault, which resulted in him receiving a fatal head injury.

So far the investigation has not established any motive for the attack and detectives are again appealing for witnesses to come forward.

Senior investigating officer, Detective Chief Inspector Neil Luckett, said: “We are now three years on from Richard’s death, and it is both frustrating and disappointing that we still do not know who assaulted him and why.

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“I am very grateful to Crimestoppers for their assistance in publicising this case over the past year, and despite receiving information as a result of their appeals and the reward that was offered, we have not been able to give Richard’s family the answers and closure they need.”

On the afternoon of Friday, August 21, 2009, Richard Clarke went to The Horseshoes Public House in Billingford and left in a taxi. He stopped to pick up a Chinese meal in Eye at about 7pm and he arrived at his home, Park Dale, at about 7.15pm.

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It is thought that Mr Clarke consumed part of his meal in the driveway of his home.

A witness saw a man, believed to be Mr Clarke, apparently sitting in his driveway holding his head just after 8pm.

It is possible he had sustained his head injury by this time. The next time he was seen was when he was discovered seriously injured in the early hours of Saturday, August 22, 2009.

DCI Luckett said: “Anyone who was in the area of Park Dale on the evening of Friday, August 21, 2009, may have seen or heard something which could assist this case. ”

Police are appealing for witnesses or anyone who may have any information about the investigation to call Suffolk police on 01473 613500, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.

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