Reward to solve Suffolk murder
THE family of Suffolk murder victim Richard Clarke and the Crimestoppers charity have put up a �10,000 reward in a bid to catch the 73-year-old’s killer.
The reward will be paid for crucial information leading to an arrest and conviction for Mr Clarke’s murder.
Mr Clarke was the victim of an assault in the driveway of his house in Park Dale, Cranley Green Road, Eye between the evening of Friday, August 21, last year and the early hours of the following day.
The attack led to him sustaining a fatal head injury.
In a statement Mr Clarke’s family, who are offering �5,000 of their own money for information, said: “Our dad is dead and our lives will never be the same. After bereavement, we must slowly start to put our new lives together and move forward with some hope in our heart. So we are asking you to come forward whether you know the whole story or any small part, even if it appears minor or irrelevant.”
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Ann Scott, eastern regional manager for Crimestoppers said: “This murder has robbed a family of their father, partner and grandfather.
“He was assaulted and left to die alone overnight on the driveway of his own home. Please come forward to the independent charity Crimestoppers so this awful crime can be solved.
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“We do not ask for your name and no call is traced or recorded. You won’t have to go to court – we only want to know what you know, not who you are. In the 22 years that Crimestoppers has been running we have never broken our anonymity promise.”
Mr Clarke went to The Horseshoes Public House in Billingford on the Friday afternoon and left in a taxi. He stopped to pick up a Chinese meal in Eye at about 7 pm and he arrived home at about 7.15 pm.
A witness saw a male, believed to be Mr Clarke, apparently sat in his driveway holding his head just after 8 pm. It is possible he had sustained his head injury by this time.
The next time he was seen was when he was discovered seriously injured early on Saturday morning.
Anyone with any information, no matter how insignificant it seems, should telephone Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Information can also be given on line at www.crimestoppers-uk.org, but rewards cannot be claimed if giving information via the online form. Only information given to Crimestoppers is eligible for a reward.