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Jim Attfield's family appeal for help to catch killers after murder in Castle Park, Colchester
Updated 5:26pm Wednesday 2nd April 2014 in News
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- A MOTHER is appealing directly to the public to help find the killer of her son.
- Jim Attfield, 33, of East Bay, Colchester, was found stabbed 102 times near Castle Park at 5.45am on Saturday morning.
A list of streets where street lamps will stay on all night at the request of Essex Police:
- Wakefield Close
- Inverness Close
- Leicester Close
- Guildford Road
- Carlisle Close
- Bristol Road
- Wells Road
- Exeter Drive
- Roman Road
- Castle Road
STREET lights will stay on all night near to where murdered Jim Attfield was found.
Essex County Council has agreed to switch street lights on in the Lower Castle Park area of Colchester as detectives continue to attempt to plot Mr Attfield’s final hours.
None of the streets in the area where Mr Attfield was found have street lights on all night as part of County Hall cost-cutting measures.
The decision comes after Tim Young, Colchester councillor responsible for community safety, wrote to Essex Highways chief Rodney Bass urging him to end the Colchester blackout immediately.
Essex Police Chief Supt Carl O’Malley had already urged worried residents to walk in well-lit areas.
But Mr Young has urged Mr Bass to abandon the part-night lighting plan altogether: “This incident on its own should highlight the need for the lights to be turned on.
“But the fact the police are advising people to walk in well-lit areas should really hit home to County Hall.
“I hate to have been proved right and I am now calling on Rodney Bass to switch Colchester’s lights back on with immediate affect and abandon the policy.”
During the press conference Julie Finch said Jim was more of a coward who would run from conflict rather than encourage it.
In a message to his killers she said: "Hand yourself in. Come forward. Someone has done this terrible thing."
Call the hotline on 01245 282103 with information.
Jim Attfield lost six years of his memory following the car crash and with it many of the memories of his five children.
He was recovering in Colchester before he was violently murdered having been stabbed 102 times.
His mother said: "He would get his children mixed up. They were young and he did not remember them and did not have contact with them."
Julie said: "After the accident he was always pushing himself to get better.
"He never blames anyone for the accident."
Since the injury he had moved to Colchester and was trying to be independent with the help of charity Headway.
Mum Julie Finch said she had not seen him since October.
"We all want to help the police as much as we can," said his mother.
Jim was leaving the pub where he worked four years ago when he was hit by a car. It was an accident and nobody was to blame but his head hit the bonnet and he suffered brain damage.
Colchester Council's Tim Young will also request that Essex County Council turns all of the streets lights in the Colchester area back on. It follows a warning by Essex Police for people to stick to well lit areas.
Mum Julie Finch said: "I am numb. There has been so much going on. I haven't had time to think."
She finished her statement with a plea for information: "Please, if anyone saw my son on Friday please come forward. Someone, somewhere knows something. No matter how insignificant you may think it is please inform the police. The maniac who killed my son is still out there.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact the North Major Investigation Team on 01245 282103 from 6.30am -8pm, or outside of these hours, 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
She added: "I would ask the public for any information they may have that could help the police with their enquiries. This to me seems a senseless and frenzied attack on a gentle, vulnerable young man."
Julie said: “James was in the process of rebuilding his life after a road traffic accident four years ago in which he suffered a severe brain injury. The effects of which left him with a weakness to the left side of his body which in turn affected his balance, his speech was also slightly affected and he suffered short term memory loss and these things obviously made him very vulnerable.
“Jim was very aware of his disabilities and avoided crowded places and situations where he could get injured again. Jim was always a bit of a loner but seemed happy with his own company. He enjoyed indulging in his passion for karaoke whenever he could. He loved football and was a supporter of MK Dons.
“Jim was well liked and polite - everyone always had a good word to say about him."
Essex Police has just released this picture of Jim Attfield and his mum Jules.
Police divers have been searching parts of the River Colne in the hunt for the killer.
Police are continuing to search Castle Park areas and yesterday carried out a fingertip search.
Mum Julie Finch, from Coggeshall, is preparing to take part in a press conference at Essex Police College in Chelmsford.
She will be joined by partner Vince Sellars, from Grays, and Jim's sisters Ashlee Waller and Joanne Robinson, from Coggeshall.
Ashlee was celebrating her 18th birthday the day before Jim's body was found.
Police are continuing to search the lake and River Colne around Castle Park and the surrounding area to find any clues.
There appears to be no motive to the killing of Jim Attfield. It is not yet known how many people of weapons may have been involved.
Police are looking to find out where he was after leaving River Lodge at 10.09pm on Friday before he was discovered on Saturday morning
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