Police: At least 4 suspects in murder probe

MURDER squad detectives say at least four people are being hunted in connection with the killing of top banker Frank McGarahan.

MURDER squad detectives say at least four people are being hunted in connection with the killing of top banker Frank McGarahan.

The news comes as Mr McGarahan's brother Tony today paid tribute, saying relatives would never truly recover from the loss.

He added: “We are all devastated by our loss. Everyone who knew Frank remembers him as a caring, kind, considerate, generous and funny man.

“He was a fantastic father to his two young beautiful daughters, a loving husband to his wife, a big-hearted son to his mum and dad and a brilliant brother and uncle.

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“He was simply a great family man.

“This tragedy, a vicious wicked murder, ruins the life and lives of so many people who must eventually pick up the pieces and carry on.

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“And we will try to do that but without Frank in our family and in our lives.

“We will never understand how or why anyone could murder such a decent, caring and loving man.

“We will never comprehend it or truly recover from it.”

Meanwhile, Det Supt Chris Hobley said Norfolk police's major investigation team is continuing to piece together the circumstances of the 45-year-old's murder in Guildhall Hill in Norwich city centre.

Officers are studying CCTV footage and say that material has been gathered as part of the “fast-moving investigation”.

They have not yet compiled an in-depth description of the group but say they were all male and aged in their late teens to early twenties.

A post-mortem examination is due to take place this afternoon, the results of which are not expected until late this evening or tomorrow.

Mr McGarahan, from Hertfordshire, was spending a quiet evening out with family and friends ahead of a family christening in Norwich on Sunday. One of his four brothers lives in the city.

He witnessed an assault on a homeless Lithuanian man while queuing for a taxi on Guildhall Hill at about 3am and attempted to intervene.

He suffered a fatal injury after the group turned on him. His cousin was also injured.

DS Hobley said Mr McGarahan had acted courageously. He added: “It is difficult to comment on whether he should have intervened.

“Clearly his natural instinct was to stop somebody getting harmed but there was a risk associated with that and sadly it has led to this fatality.

“The area was busy at the time of the incident and we are still very keen to hear from anyone who may have seen something or has any information.”

The group made off along Pottergate towards Grapes Hill following the attack.

Contact the major investigation team at Norfolk police on 0845 4564567 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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