Officers investigating Lawford death appeal for help in identifying man who knocked on doors

Police are hoping to track down a red Rayleigh Fire-fly bicycle. PICTURE: Essex Police

Police are hoping to track down a red Rayleigh Fire-fly bicycle. PICTURE: Essex Police - Credit: Archant

John Comer died in hospital on December 1, having suffered injuries to his chest and stomach.

Officers investigation the death of a man in Lawford in Manningtree earlier this month are appealing to the public for help.

Essex Police are trying to identify a man who was knocking on doors in the area and a bicycle.

John Comer, 46, was found with injuries to his chest and stomach in Barker Close at around 5.15am on December 1.

He was taken to hospital but died from his injuries.


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A police spokesperson said: “As part of our enquiries we’ve established a man with a bicycle was knocking on doors in the Wignall Stree/Long Road area of Manningtree at around 2.50am on December 1 asking for directions.

“The man was riding a bicycle and as part of our enquiries we have recovered a red Rayleigh Fire-fly bicycle which we suspect may have been stolen from around the Wignall Street, Long Road, area.”

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Police are asking anyone who had someone knock on their door or who recognises the bike to come forward and contact the Stanway Major Investigation Team on 01206 576845 or email scd.appeals.essex@essex.pnn.police.uk.

Alternatively you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

A 44-year-old man has been charged with murder and is due in court in February.

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