Police name attack victim

A MAN who died after he was allegedly stabbed in his neck in front of horrified shoppers was yesterday named by police. Westley Odgerwas set upon outside the Forbouys store in Hunwicke Road on Colchester's Greenstead Estate.

A MAN who died after he was allegedly stabbed in his neck in front of horrified shoppers was yesterday named by police.

Westley Odgerwas set upon outside the Forbouys store in Hunwicke Road on Colchester's Greenstead Estate.

Yesterday it emerged the attack followed an argument between Mr Odger and a man near to the Nationwide cash point where the 27-year-old died.

Bystanders rushed to Mr Odger's aid and tried to help him as blood poured from his neck after the incident at about 3pm on Monday.

Mr Odger was than given first aid by an ambulance crew before he was rushed to Colchester General Hospital, where he died shortly after arrival.

Police said yesterday the initial findings from a post mortem suggested he died as a result of a stab wound.

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It was also revealed the dead man lived in Jack Andrews Avenue on the Greenstead Estate and was unemployed.

Detectives are hoping there could be further witnesses who have information who will still come forward and are also hunting for the murder weapon.

Detective Superintendent Tim Wills said: “I am keen to speak to anyone who either saw the altercation or anyone acting suspiciously near to the cash point outside Forbouys newsagents where he was stabbed.”

They have also asked for anyone who finds a bladed instrument in the area to contact them.

Two men, 36 and 25, have been arrested on suspicion of murder and a 25-year-old woman was detained on suspicion of assisting an offender.

The three, all from Colchester, were still being questioned at police stations across north Essex last night.

Anyone with information about the incident should contact Essex Police's western major investigation room on 01279 641188.

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