Couple could be the key to solving Castle Park murder

Gazette: Couple could be the key to solving Castle Park murder Couple could be the key to solving Castle Park murder

CRUCIAL witnesses need to come forward to help solve the horrific murder of Jim Attfield.

Detectives are desperate to speak to a couple spotted near Castle Park before the murder of Mr Attfield.

The 33-year-old father-of-five was stabbed 102 times and died shortly after 5.45am on Saturday, March 29, near Lower Castle Park and Guildford Road.

The couple were sitting on a bench by the lake between 11.30pm and 11.40pm on Friday, March 28.

Det Chief Insp Simon Werrett said: "The man is white, tall and of stocky build.

"The only description we have of the woman is that she was white.

"They were sitting at opposite ends of the bench so we do not know for certain if they knew each other, but they may have been a couple who have had a row earlier in the evening and were sitting apart not talking to each other.

"The witness we have spoken to believes that about ten metres away from where this couple were sat there was also a man sat on the grass who was white, aged 30 to 40 and wearing a dark jacket and possibly jeans.

"This may have been Mr Attfield.

"I am keen to speak to these two people so I can eliminate them from the investigation.

"But they may also have vital information.

"I would urge them or anyone who knows who they are to contact my investigation team."

Officers are still trying to find out who killed the student, from East Bay, Colchester, three weeks ago.

A 27-year-old woman from the town was arrested on Friday April 11 in connection with Mr Attfield’s death and is currently on police bail until Thursday April 24 pending further enquiries.

Anyone with information is asked to call Essex Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

 

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6:31pm Sat 19 Apr 14

HARRY438 says...

What time does the park close in winter?
What time does the park close in winter? HARRY438
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8:35pm Sat 19 Apr 14

JohnStang says...

I believe on the date of the murder the castle park closed at 8pm. But it happened in an area of the "park" that is not closed off - people can walk down that path at any time of night. I don't know why they are saying it happened in the park, because it happened on a footpath that leads to the park.... maybe its technically still part of the park I guess.
I believe on the date of the murder the castle park closed at 8pm. But it happened in an area of the "park" that is not closed off - people can walk down that path at any time of night. I don't know why they are saying it happened in the park, because it happened on a footpath that leads to the park.... maybe its technically still part of the park I guess. JohnStang
  • Score: 16

5:20pm Sun 20 Apr 14

Rachy888 says...

What is going on???? People need to come forward its a joke.... Over 3 weeks and nothing people have no morals doing this
What is going on???? People need to come forward its a joke.... Over 3 weeks and nothing people have no morals doing this Rachy888
  • Score: 13

10:57pm Sun 20 Apr 14

A Very Private Gentleman says...

Rachy888 wrote:
What is going on???? People need to come forward its a joke.... Over 3 weeks and nothing people have no morals doing this
NEW information about a murder which took place 30 years ago has been received by Essex Police who now say they will be forensically re-examining exhibits found at the scene.

Colchester housewife Kay O'Connor was brutally strangled and stabbed to death in her Wickham Road kitchen in March 1974.

Although the killing shocked the town and received high profile coverage, her murderer was never caught.

A police spokesman said yesterday: "A new lead has come to light after all these years which we are currently looking into.

"Changes in technology mean there are further forensic tests we can do today which were not possible at the time and we will be conducting these."

Mrs O'Connor's death was one of those highlighted by Essex Police as part of the force's push to solve a number of "cold crimes".

Last month, Crimestoppers announced rewards to help solve 10 undetected Essex murder investigations in a joint initiative by the charity and Essex Police.

And yesterday a fresh appeal was made to the public to help find another murderer who has so far managed to evade justice.

Chef and father-of-two Keith Forster was found stabbed at his Essex home in 1997.

It was hoped to include his case in the campaign but Essex Police had been unable to make contact with his family prior to the deadline.


As a result of an article in a local newspaper, Mr Forster's family contacted the force and are keen to support a renewed appeal.

A Crimestoppers reward of up to £5,000 is now being offered in relation to the murder.

On the evening of Friday, January 10, Mr Forster, a 50-year-old chef was found murdered at his home, a chalet bungalow in Overhall Lane, Ashdon, near Saffron Walden.

Mr Forster, whose body was found by a female friend, had died from severe head injuries thought to have been inflicted by a short, long-bladed heavy implement such as a machete or kitchen cleaver.

He also had various stab wounds to his body. Mr Forster owned a set of kitchen knives, including a cleaver, which has never been found.

The father of two young daughters was separated from his wife Frances. He was known to be something of a ladies' man and was living with a woman at the time of his death.

Mr Forster was also suffering from depression due to the failure of numerous business ventures and was heavily in debt.

It is known that the victim was visited at around 4pm on January 10, 1997, when he was seen to be fit and well. He spoke over the phone to another friend between 5pm and 6pm. His body was found at 7pm.

Anyone with any information which might help solve this crime should contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555111. All calls are treated in the strictest of confidence.
[quote][p][bold]Rachy888[/bold] wrote: What is going on???? People need to come forward its a joke.... Over 3 weeks and nothing people have no morals doing this[/p][/quote]NEW information about a murder which took place 30 years ago has been received by Essex Police who now say they will be forensically re-examining exhibits found at the scene. Colchester housewife Kay O'Connor was brutally strangled and stabbed to death in her Wickham Road kitchen in March 1974. Although the killing shocked the town and received high profile coverage, her murderer was never caught. A police spokesman said yesterday: "A new lead has come to light after all these years which we are currently looking into. "Changes in technology mean there are further forensic tests we can do today which were not possible at the time and we will be conducting these." Mrs O'Connor's death was one of those highlighted by Essex Police as part of the force's push to solve a number of "cold crimes". Last month, Crimestoppers announced rewards to help solve 10 undetected Essex murder investigations in a joint initiative by the charity and Essex Police. And yesterday a fresh appeal was made to the public to help find another murderer who has so far managed to evade justice. Chef and father-of-two Keith Forster was found stabbed at his Essex home in 1997. It was hoped to include his case in the campaign but Essex Police had been unable to make contact with his family prior to the deadline. As a result of an article in a local newspaper, Mr Forster's family contacted the force and are keen to support a renewed appeal. A Crimestoppers reward of up to £5,000 is now being offered in relation to the murder. On the evening of Friday, January 10, Mr Forster, a 50-year-old chef was found murdered at his home, a chalet bungalow in Overhall Lane, Ashdon, near Saffron Walden. Mr Forster, whose body was found by a female friend, had died from severe head injuries thought to have been inflicted by a short, long-bladed heavy implement such as a machete or kitchen cleaver. He also had various stab wounds to his body. Mr Forster owned a set of kitchen knives, including a cleaver, which has never been found. The father of two young daughters was separated from his wife Frances. He was known to be something of a ladies' man and was living with a woman at the time of his death. Mr Forster was also suffering from depression due to the failure of numerous business ventures and was heavily in debt. It is known that the victim was visited at around 4pm on January 10, 1997, when he was seen to be fit and well. He spoke over the phone to another friend between 5pm and 6pm. His body was found at 7pm. Anyone with any information which might help solve this crime should contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555111. All calls are treated in the strictest of confidence. A Very Private Gentleman
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1:26pm Mon 21 Apr 14

Boris says...

A Very Private Gentleman wrote:
Rachy888 wrote:
What is going on???? People need to come forward its a joke.... Over 3 weeks and nothing people have no morals doing this
NEW information about a murder which took place 30 years ago has been received by Essex Police who now say they will be forensically re-examining exhibits found at the scene.

Colchester housewife Kay O'Connor was brutally strangled and stabbed to death in her Wickham Road kitchen in March 1974.

Although the killing shocked the town and received high profile coverage, her murderer was never caught.

A police spokesman said yesterday: "A new lead has come to light after all these years which we are currently looking into.

"Changes in technology mean there are further forensic tests we can do today which were not possible at the time and we will be conducting these."

Mrs O'Connor's death was one of those highlighted by Essex Police as part of the force's push to solve a number of "cold crimes".

Last month, Crimestoppers announced rewards to help solve 10 undetected Essex murder investigations in a joint initiative by the charity and Essex Police.

And yesterday a fresh appeal was made to the public to help find another murderer who has so far managed to evade justice.

Chef and father-of-two Keith Forster was found stabbed at his Essex home in 1997.

It was hoped to include his case in the campaign but Essex Police had been unable to make contact with his family prior to the deadline.


As a result of an article in a local newspaper, Mr Forster's family contacted the force and are keen to support a renewed appeal.

A Crimestoppers reward of up to £5,000 is now being offered in relation to the murder.

On the evening of Friday, January 10, Mr Forster, a 50-year-old chef was found murdered at his home, a chalet bungalow in Overhall Lane, Ashdon, near Saffron Walden.

Mr Forster, whose body was found by a female friend, had died from severe head injuries thought to have been inflicted by a short, long-bladed heavy implement such as a machete or kitchen cleaver.

He also had various stab wounds to his body. Mr Forster owned a set of kitchen knives, including a cleaver, which has never been found.

The father of two young daughters was separated from his wife Frances. He was known to be something of a ladies' man and was living with a woman at the time of his death.

Mr Forster was also suffering from depression due to the failure of numerous business ventures and was heavily in debt.

It is known that the victim was visited at around 4pm on January 10, 1997, when he was seen to be fit and well. He spoke over the phone to another friend between 5pm and 6pm. His body was found at 7pm.

Anyone with any information which might help solve this crime should contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555111. All calls are treated in the strictest of confidence.
AVPG, once again you kill off discussion of a story by introducing your own excessively long but largely irrelevant contribution.
Rachy and others are wondering why people with knowledge of the suspected killer do not come forward with their information.
You on the other hand tell us about ancient cases which might now be solved thanks to the advances of science, specifically identification of DNA.
You didn't need to give us all that detail about those old cases, you were just too lazy to edit your source material.
You surely mean well, but it would help if you thought a bit more before sending in your contributions. Remember that, very often, less is more.
[quote][p][bold]A Very Private Gentleman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Rachy888[/bold] wrote: What is going on???? People need to come forward its a joke.... Over 3 weeks and nothing people have no morals doing this[/p][/quote]NEW information about a murder which took place 30 years ago has been received by Essex Police who now say they will be forensically re-examining exhibits found at the scene. Colchester housewife Kay O'Connor was brutally strangled and stabbed to death in her Wickham Road kitchen in March 1974. Although the killing shocked the town and received high profile coverage, her murderer was never caught. A police spokesman said yesterday: "A new lead has come to light after all these years which we are currently looking into. "Changes in technology mean there are further forensic tests we can do today which were not possible at the time and we will be conducting these." Mrs O'Connor's death was one of those highlighted by Essex Police as part of the force's push to solve a number of "cold crimes". Last month, Crimestoppers announced rewards to help solve 10 undetected Essex murder investigations in a joint initiative by the charity and Essex Police. And yesterday a fresh appeal was made to the public to help find another murderer who has so far managed to evade justice. Chef and father-of-two Keith Forster was found stabbed at his Essex home in 1997. It was hoped to include his case in the campaign but Essex Police had been unable to make contact with his family prior to the deadline. As a result of an article in a local newspaper, Mr Forster's family contacted the force and are keen to support a renewed appeal. A Crimestoppers reward of up to £5,000 is now being offered in relation to the murder. On the evening of Friday, January 10, Mr Forster, a 50-year-old chef was found murdered at his home, a chalet bungalow in Overhall Lane, Ashdon, near Saffron Walden. Mr Forster, whose body was found by a female friend, had died from severe head injuries thought to have been inflicted by a short, long-bladed heavy implement such as a machete or kitchen cleaver. He also had various stab wounds to his body. Mr Forster owned a set of kitchen knives, including a cleaver, which has never been found. The father of two young daughters was separated from his wife Frances. He was known to be something of a ladies' man and was living with a woman at the time of his death. Mr Forster was also suffering from depression due to the failure of numerous business ventures and was heavily in debt. It is known that the victim was visited at around 4pm on January 10, 1997, when he was seen to be fit and well. He spoke over the phone to another friend between 5pm and 6pm. His body was found at 7pm. Anyone with any information which might help solve this crime should contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555111. All calls are treated in the strictest of confidence.[/p][/quote]AVPG, once again you kill off discussion of a story by introducing your own excessively long but largely irrelevant contribution. Rachy and others are wondering why people with knowledge of the suspected killer do not come forward with their information. You on the other hand tell us about ancient cases which might now be solved thanks to the advances of science, specifically identification of DNA. You didn't need to give us all that detail about those old cases, you were just too lazy to edit your source material. You surely mean well, but it would help if you thought a bit more before sending in your contributions. Remember that, very often, less is more. Boris
  • Score: 17

2:50am Tue 22 Apr 14

Rachy888 says...

This is off a web page gone but not forgotten... I think ... Yawn yawn ... What does all of that have to do with james attfield i really do not know but thanks for ur imput
This is off a web page gone but not forgotten... I think ... Yawn yawn ... What does all of that have to do with james attfield i really do not know but thanks for ur imput Rachy888
  • Score: 3

2:57am Tue 22 Apr 14

Rachy888 says...

Wow thanks for that .... Yawn yawn.... What this has to do with james attfield i really do not know.....thanks for ur imput... Exact words off a website called gone but not forgotten i think lol
Wow thanks for that .... Yawn yawn.... What this has to do with james attfield i really do not know.....thanks for ur imput... Exact words off a website called gone but not forgotten i think lol Rachy888
  • Score: 2

9:27am Tue 22 Apr 14

romantic says...

JohnStang wrote:
I believe on the date of the murder the castle park closed at 8pm. But it happened in an area of the "park" that is not closed off - people can walk down that path at any time of night. I don't know why they are saying it happened in the park, because it happened on a footpath that leads to the park.... maybe its technically still part of the park I guess.
Technically, it may not be part of Castle Park, but I think most people, myself included, would classify it as being part of the park area. The footpath is open at all times, with access from a number of directions.

It would be good if this couple could come forward, if only to exclude themselves from suspicion. As I understand it from previous entries, the victim was still on Facebook at 2.00 am, but maybe this couple saw him on his way home.

The lack of any real leads in this is very worrying, because it means there is still somebody out there who is prepared to stab and mutilate somebody in this way. Somebody must know something about it....
[quote][p][bold]JohnStang[/bold] wrote: I believe on the date of the murder the castle park closed at 8pm. But it happened in an area of the "park" that is not closed off - people can walk down that path at any time of night. I don't know why they are saying it happened in the park, because it happened on a footpath that leads to the park.... maybe its technically still part of the park I guess.[/p][/quote]Technically, it may not be part of Castle Park, but I think most people, myself included, would classify it as being part of the park area. The footpath is open at all times, with access from a number of directions. It would be good if this couple could come forward, if only to exclude themselves from suspicion. As I understand it from previous entries, the victim was still on Facebook at 2.00 am, but maybe this couple saw him on his way home. The lack of any real leads in this is very worrying, because it means there is still somebody out there who is prepared to stab and mutilate somebody in this way. Somebody must know something about it.... romantic
  • Score: 3

1:22am Wed 23 Apr 14

Boris says...

Wasn't it the same with the murder of Jay Whiston? Nobody came forward for months, then finally someone did, and the murderer was convicted, along with some family members who had been covering up for him.
It must be very difficult if you suspect someone of being a murderer, or you even know he did it, but you also know that if you go to the police about it, you may not be believed, and the murderer is likely to kill you, maybe has already threatened to do exactly that, if you inform on him.
Give the witness(es) time, and there is a good chance that they will come forward.
Wasn't it the same with the murder of Jay Whiston? Nobody came forward for months, then finally someone did, and the murderer was convicted, along with some family members who had been covering up for him. It must be very difficult if you suspect someone of being a murderer, or you even know he did it, but you also know that if you go to the police about it, you may not be believed, and the murderer is likely to kill you, maybe has already threatened to do exactly that, if you inform on him. Give the witness(es) time, and there is a good chance that they will come forward. Boris
  • Score: 4

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