Police name man found stabbed to death

POLICE have named a man found stabbed to death in Suffolk as Derek Henderson-Chittock.Neighbours of Mr Henderson-Chittock, known as Del, last night told how he had started to overcome a long-term drink problem when he was found dead on Wednesday .

POLICE have named a man found stabbed to death in Suffolk as Derek Henderson-Chittock.

Neighbours of Mr Henderson-Chittock, known as Del, last night told how he had started to overcome a long-term drink problem when he was found dead on Wednesday .

Mr Henderson-Chittock, 36, had lived in a one-bedroom rented flat along Springhurst Close, in Ipswich, for about seven years.

Sara Patrick, 28, who lives in a flat nearby, said he had been suffering from a drink problem but recently appeared to be making progress in rehabilitation.


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She said: "The timing is surprising as he was sorting himself out and was getting on his feet again. It seems such a shame."

Neil Seager, 40, who moved into the block of flats about 18 months ago, said: "I last saw him at the weekend when he came down to apologise about the loud music in the night and he brought me back £3 he owed me."

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Neighbours also said Mr Henderson-Chittock had spent time in prison for assault.

Lisa McDermott, 25, who lives in a flat on the floor below, said she had not spoken to Mr Henderson-Chittock for a while.

She said he used to work in security but was unemployed at the time of his death.

"I heard about the death but it wasn't until my neighbour said it was him that I found out. I was shocked," she said.

Emergency services were called to a house on Salisbury Road at 3.30am on Wednesday but Mr Henderson-Chittock was already dead.

Police said he had suffered "at least one stab wound" and a Home Office pathologist was due to carry out a post-mortem examination on Wednesday afternoon, but the result has not been made public.

Detectives are continuing to question a man and woman who were arrested on Wednesday on suspicion of murder and remained in custody yesterday .

The 25-year-old man and 26-year-old woman are both being held in custody at Ipswich police station.

Yesterday afternoon Ipswich magistrates granted police an extension for the detention of the pair, which will allow officers to continue questioning them for a further 36 hours.

A third person, a 36-year-old woman, who was also arrested on Wednesday , has been given police bail to return to Ipswich police station on August 25.

Residents of Salisbury Road, which runs between Nacton Road and Felixstowe Road to the east of the town, spoke of their shock at the events.

Liz Harsant, the leader of Ipswich Borough Council, lives opposite the semi-detached house, which is called Homeleigh Cottage.

She said: "The street has been crawling with police. It's horrible when something like this happens in your road - it doesn't seem right.

"A youngish couple have lived there from about the beginning of the year. They would often walk up and down the road with a shopping trolley and always said 'Hello'.

"They seemed quite a vulnerable couple and I would say they kept themselves to themselves. People used to call at the house quite a lot.

"Normally, it's quite a quiet street, but the police were called to this particular house early this year."

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