Stow Maries: Police renew appeal in connection with death of festival-goer

Paul Wickerson

Paul Wickerson - Credit: Archant

Renewed appeals have been made for information about the death of a man who had attended an Essex music festival.

Essex Police are seeking witnesses who can help to trace the final movements of Paul Wickerson, 32, who was struck by several cars about 20 minutes after leaving the Brownstockfestival site at Stow Maries, near South Woodham Ferrers, on Saturday, August 31.

Their investigations have established that Mr Wickerson, who lived in Australia, left the festival site at Woodham Road at about 10.21pm.

He died at about 10.45pm when he was in collision with several cars at Lower Burnham Road, Cold Norton, near the junction with Fambridge Road.

Investigating officer Detective Constable Keith Sloggett, of the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate, said: “We are seeking any information as to where Mr Wickerson was during his final hour. We believe that he was walking along the road wearing just a pair of shorts.”

“The investigation is also looking to gain information of how Mr Wickerson arrived at the location where he was involved in the collision which is approximately two-and-a-half miles from the festival.

“In addition to that, we are also keen to hear from anyone that was ejected from the festival that weekend.”

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A 48-year-old man from Ilford and a 32-year-old man from Sawbridgeworth in Hertfordshire were arrested in October on suspicion of manslaughter and have been bailed until January 28 pending further enquiries.

In the hope it might jog people’s memories, Mr Wickerson’s parents have released a photograph their son.

Anyone with information should contact Det Con Sloggett at the Colchester MIT office on 101, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 or email

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