Police step up hunt for student's killer

POLICE have vowed to look at all aspects of a murdered student's life in a bid to find his killer.

Anthony Bond

POLICE have vowed to look at all aspects of a murdered student's life in a bid to find his killer.

Matthew Pyke, 20, from Stowmarket, was stabbed to death in the flat he shared with his girlfriend above a popular bar in Nottingham. He was found by ambulance crews on Friday evening.

The former Combs Middle and Stowmarket High school pupil moved to the city two years ago and was just about to embark on his first year at Nottingham Trent University.

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Tributes have been left on the website Wars Central, which allows people to play computer games against each other online, and for which Mr Pyke and his girlfriend, Joanna Witton, were webmasters.

One comment, left by a person named as Gav, reads: “He was my friend, one of the best. He'll always be with me.”

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Some comments also suggest that some people may know details of what happened before his death.

One reads: “I think I speak on behalf of those of us which do know a fair bit about what happened not to press us with questions. We may know a lot about what was going on prior to the killing but I, for one, am not going to say any more.”

Meanwhile, a former school friend, Jamie Scott, has also paid tribute to Mr Pyke.

He said: “I'm sure I speak for all of us who studied with Matthew at Stowmarket High School when I express the utmost grief and disgust upon hearing of his murder.

“Matthew was a highly intelligent, witty and respected student, with an incredibly bright and promising future ahead. It is difficult to comprehend the abhorrent and meaningless killing of such a gifted young man, and for a tragedy like this to occur shocks and sickens us all.

“I offer my deepest condolences to his family and friends in this time of great distress, and can only hope those responsible are brought to swift justice.”

A Nottinghamshire police spokesman said last night: “We are looking at all aspects of Matthew's life as part of this investigation and we are following up a number of lines of enquiry.”

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