Police launch murder enquiry after a body is found in Colchester Castle park

Police launch murder enquiry after a body is found in a park

Police launch murder enquiry after a body is found in a park

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POLICE have launched a murder enquiry after a man’s body was found in a park.

The body of a man believed to be in his 30s and from Colchester was found in Lower Castle Park this morning by a member of the public just before 5.45am.

The victim had serious head injuries and paramedics arrived at the scene to administer emergency lifesaving treatment but he was pronounced dead at about 6.30am.

A police cordon has been established near to Wakefield Close and the park is currently closed.

The Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate is investigating the death.

Anyone with information should contact the North Major Investigation Team on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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9:22am Sat 29 Mar 14

Rnbboy says...

This is shocking ... Another serious crime where this town used to be so safe . It is getting too big too many houses being built .. Turning off the street lights doesn't help and whilst they were probably on in this area it gives the delinquents more reasons to roam . Let's hope the offenders are caught exceptionally quickly .

We don't want to see this town turn to Ipswich .
This is shocking ... Another serious crime where this town used to be so safe . It is getting too big too many houses being built .. Turning off the street lights doesn't help and whilst they were probably on in this area it gives the delinquents more reasons to roam . Let's hope the offenders are caught exceptionally quickly . We don't want to see this town turn to Ipswich . Rnbboy
  • Score: 43

10:40am Sat 29 Mar 14

Weazelbum says...

Very disturbing, I live two minutes from there. Poor bloke. Same old story as everywhere isn't it though, too many new houses being built with absolutely no extra funding to help cope with the extra demand. The police and NHS are expected to work miracles with constant budget slashes. Getting very despondent with the state of this whole country tbh....... Let's hope they do manage to find who's responsible and quick :-/
Very disturbing, I live two minutes from there. Poor bloke. Same old story as everywhere isn't it though, too many new houses being built with absolutely no extra funding to help cope with the extra demand. The police and NHS are expected to work miracles with constant budget slashes. Getting very despondent with the state of this whole country tbh....... Let's hope they do manage to find who's responsible and quick :-/ Weazelbum
  • Score: 18

12:45pm Sat 29 Mar 14

gazettereader2014 says...

I lived in Colchester for 19 Years, and initially loved it but I no longer felt safe which is a shame because it is a lovely town with a lot potential, Colchester has become to populated, more homes meaning more people, police, ambulance and fire can not work miracles! I just hope things improve because there is a lot of bad story's coming out of there.
I lived in Colchester for 19 Years, and initially loved it but I no longer felt safe which is a shame because it is a lovely town with a lot potential, Colchester has become to populated, more homes meaning more people, police, ambulance and fire can not work miracles! I just hope things improve because there is a lot of bad story's coming out of there. gazettereader2014
  • Score: 19

3:09pm Sat 29 Mar 14

cynicalsubber says...

Well, I moved here in 1980 from South London and it's still far better than the Great Wen. And definitely better than Romford. Let's wait until we know more about the circumstances before rushing to conclusions.
Sympathy to the man's family.
Well, I moved here in 1980 from South London and it's still far better than the Great Wen. And definitely better than Romford. Let's wait until we know more about the circumstances before rushing to conclusions. Sympathy to the man's family. cynicalsubber
  • Score: 24

4:06pm Sat 29 Mar 14

angryman!!! says...

We don't want to turn to Ipswich?...... No we f...ing don't, a town that has serious him crime, night clubs closed down as gangs start shootings. Have you lived in Ipswich or ever even been there. If that's what we're aiming for then were doomed.
Sadly with a town of 150,000 odd people there are some scum bags amongst us. What is a a shame is that 99% of decent folk let the minority get away with so much.
Feel for the victims family.
We don't want to turn to Ipswich?...... No we f...ing don't, a town that has serious him crime, night clubs closed down as gangs start shootings. Have you lived in Ipswich or ever even been there. If that's what we're aiming for then were doomed. Sadly with a town of 150,000 odd people there are some scum bags amongst us. What is a a shame is that 99% of decent folk let the minority get away with so much. Feel for the victims family. angryman!!!
  • Score: 4

11:46am Sun 30 Mar 14

Rnbboy says...

angryman!!! wrote:
We don't want to turn to Ipswich?...... No we f...ing don't, a town that has serious him crime, night clubs closed down as gangs start shootings. Have you lived in Ipswich or ever even been there. If that's what we're aiming for then were doomed.
Sadly with a town of 150,000 odd people there are some scum bags amongst us. What is a a shame is that 99% of decent folk let the minority get away with so much.
Feel for the victims family.
I meant we dont want this town to turn into Ipswich! Yes unfortunately I work there! Its a real hole!
[quote][p][bold]angryman!!![/bold] wrote: We don't want to turn to Ipswich?...... No we f...ing don't, a town that has serious him crime, night clubs closed down as gangs start shootings. Have you lived in Ipswich or ever even been there. If that's what we're aiming for then were doomed. Sadly with a town of 150,000 odd people there are some scum bags amongst us. What is a a shame is that 99% of decent folk let the minority get away with so much. Feel for the victims family.[/p][/quote]I meant we dont want this town to turn into Ipswich! Yes unfortunately I work there! Its a real hole! Rnbboy
  • Score: 5

8:18am Mon 31 Mar 14

SAndrewss says...

Why is a 33 year father old walking alone through a locked castle park at 3am in the morning?
No matter what town you live in, surely you've got to be a bit more sensible than that, especially with a little one to care for.
Very sad, sympathies with his family.
Why is a 33 year father old walking alone through a locked castle park at 3am in the morning? No matter what town you live in, surely you've got to be a bit more sensible than that, especially with a little one to care for. Very sad, sympathies with his family. SAndrewss
  • Score: 0

10:59am Mon 31 Mar 14

Jess Jephcott says...

My thoughts exactly. What was he doing in the locked park? There is obviously more to this story.
My thoughts exactly. What was he doing in the locked park? There is obviously more to this story. Jess Jephcott
  • Score: -5

12:01pm Mon 31 Mar 14

paddy16 says...

@ Jess Jephcott

Obviously there is more to this story!!!! This poor man was Murdered, there is no reason to question the reasons as to why he was in the area, I think the part where he was found is open 24 hrs as it is the footpath that runs alongside the river.
He had every right to be where he was, The upper castle park is locked at night, so he was not found there was he?
Let's just hope they find the complete and utter scumbag that did this !!!
That's what we should be chatting about, Not the Why was he there and more to this story .
RIP James.
@ Jess Jephcott Obviously there is more to this story!!!! This poor man was Murdered, there is no reason to question the reasons as to why he was in the area, I think the part where he was found is open 24 hrs as it is the footpath that runs alongside the river. He had every right to be where he was, The upper castle park is locked at night, so he was not found there was he? Let's just hope they find the complete and utter scumbag that did this !!! That's what we should be chatting about, Not the Why was he there and more to this story . RIP James. paddy16
  • Score: 7

12:28pm Mon 31 Mar 14

romantic says...

SAndrewss wrote:
Why is a 33 year father old walking alone through a locked castle park at 3am in the morning?
No matter what town you live in, surely you've got to be a bit more sensible than that, especially with a little one to care for.
Very sad, sympathies with his family.
Going by where the police lines are set, he was found not in the locked part but the path which is open access - either the downhill stretch from the wall towards Leisure World, or the path by the river from the bridge round to East Street.

Was it a random meeting with some drunk, a mugging gone wrong? Or was he followed by somebody he had wound up earlier on? Few murders turn out to be truly random killings. People must have seen this guy on that night. Did he argue with anybody? Did anybody with him seem wound up? There will be little clues which maybe build up into a picture of the complete evening.

Whoever did this will have got home in the early hours; he might have bloodied clothes. He may be somebody's housemate / son / friend. Chances are it is somebody fairly local, assuming they were also walking there. If you're reading this and protecting somebody out of some vague notion of loyalty or not grassing people up, please think again, because whoever did this is seriously not worth protecting.
[quote][p][bold]SAndrewss[/bold] wrote: Why is a 33 year father old walking alone through a locked castle park at 3am in the morning? No matter what town you live in, surely you've got to be a bit more sensible than that, especially with a little one to care for. Very sad, sympathies with his family.[/p][/quote]Going by where the police lines are set, he was found not in the locked part but the path which is open access - either the downhill stretch from the wall towards Leisure World, or the path by the river from the bridge round to East Street. Was it a random meeting with some drunk, a mugging gone wrong? Or was he followed by somebody he had wound up earlier on? Few murders turn out to be truly random killings. People must have seen this guy on that night. Did he argue with anybody? Did anybody with him seem wound up? There will be little clues which maybe build up into a picture of the complete evening. Whoever did this will have got home in the early hours; he might have bloodied clothes. He may be somebody's housemate / son / friend. Chances are it is somebody fairly local, assuming they were also walking there. If you're reading this and protecting somebody out of some vague notion of loyalty or not grassing people up, please think again, because whoever did this is seriously not worth protecting. romantic
  • Score: 8

9:11am Thu 3 Apr 14

john patrick says...

consider the family of this poor man...wait til we all know ALL the facts. Stop preaching from your pulpits! Let him rest in peace!!

Now...off you go to work???? !!!!
consider the family of this poor man...wait til we all know ALL the facts. Stop preaching from your pulpits! Let him rest in peace!! Now...off you go to work???? !!!! john patrick
  • Score: -1

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