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Murder of James Attfield

Updated: Monday, January 5, 2015 at 12.30pm

Two people who were on bail in connection with the investigation into the murder of James Attfield in Colchester have been released from their bail without charge.

The 19-year-old man and the 23-year-old woman were due to answer bail this week but have been told they no longer have to.

Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Chief Inspector Simon Werrett, said: "The circumstances of James death, the open location he was found, the nature of the forensic and digital evidence, and the information we have uncovered so far mean that this is a complex and involved investigation.

"I remain convinced that the key to solving James’ death remains in the Colchester community and I am sure that people still have information that could assist us.

"I remain confident that with the team I have and the assistance of the people of Colchester we will find out who killed James and there are a number of active lines of enquiry that we are still progressing. 

Anyone with information that could help my investigation can contact the incident room on 01245 282103 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. They can also email scdappeals@essex.pnn.police.uk.



Updated: Thursday, November 20, 2014 at 12.25pm

A 19-year-old man arrested by detectives investigating the murder of James Attfield in Colchester has had his bail extended as enquiries continue.

The man from Colchester was arrested on Wednesday, September 24, 2014 and has now had his bail extended until Monday, January 5, 2015.

James Attfield, also known as Jim, was found seriously injured with more than 100 stab wounds on the Riverside Path in Colchester just before 6am on Saturday, March 29, 2014. He died a short time later at the scene.

Family photos of James Attfield


Photo: James Attfield


Eight other people, also arrested in connection with the 33-year-old's murder, have now been released from their bail without charge. 

A 23-year-old from Ipswich, also arrested in connection with the investigation, remains on bail until Thursday, November 20, 2014.


James Attfield, who was from East Bay in the town, was last seen in the River Lodge Public House on Middleborough on Friday, March 28, 2014.


He left there just after 10pm but so far there have been no confirmed sightings of him after that time until he was found dying in the park on the Saturday morning.

 

DCI Simon Werrett, of the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate, said: "I would urge anyone who has any information about what might have happened to James to get in contact with Essex Police. Details of the murder are available on our website www.essex.police.uk. Please take a look at our appeals and contact my team if you have any information.”


Anybody that has any information about the murder is asked to contact the incident room on 01245 282103 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. They can also email scdappeals@essex.pnn.police.uk



Police will be out in Colchester to speak to people in the town on the sixth month anniversary of the murder of James Attfield.

James Attfield was found seriously injured with over 100 stab wounds by the lake, near Lower Castle Park, close to Guildford Road just before 6am on Saturday March 29, 2014. He died a short time later at the scene.

Family photos of James Attfield

Photo: James Attfield

Uniformed officers and detectives will be in Colchester on Friday, September 26, 2014 speaking to any members of the public travelling through Castle Park during the evening and also visiting nearby pubs.

Detective Chief Inspector Simon Werrett has also issued new CCTV clips of two people, seen in East Street, leaving a pathway which connects through to Castle Park, between 4.29am and 4.43am on the day James' body was discovered.

He said: "It is possible these two people may have got to this location by a route which did not take them through Castle Park but equally they may well have seen something that would be of great interest to us.



“Either way we would like them to come forward so they can tell us what they know and be eliminated from enquiries.

“If you were either of these people then I would urge you to get in contact with my team.”
Poster
James Attfield, 33, from the East Bay area of Colchester was last seen in the River Lodge Public House on Middleborough on Friday March 28, 2014.

He left there just after 10pm and there are no confirmed sightings of him after that time until he was found in the park the next day.

DCI Werrett said: “I will have officers out in the town centre on Friday night to speak to people about James' death and if anyone thinks they have any information I would urge them to speak to my team.

“We have also recently put up posters, featuring CCTV images of six unidentified men, we would still like to speak to. We originally issued 21 CCTV images of 23 people we wanted to identify and these six are the only ones that are yet to come forward.

James Attfield murder - CCTV 6 men

“There could be numerous reasons as to why this is this case but we really need to find out who they are. They could hold crucial information that will help in identifying James’ murderer.

“I believe the answer to identifying the people in these images will lie within the community and especially those who go out in the town on a Friday night.”

Police also still want to trace a man and woman seen sitting on a bench in Lower Castle Park on the night before James died.

bench

They were seen sitting on a bench in Lower Castle Park, near to where James was found. They were spotted at 11.30pm on Friday, March 28, 2014 sitting at opposite ends of the bench, near a man who was sitting on the grass.

The man was white, of stocky build and had a shaved or closely shaved head, and was possibly wearing a white shirt. The woman was white, with pale skin and was wearing a skirt and possibly a blouse. She had black hair which was swept back into a pony tail.

Officers are also still keen to speak to people who may have been in contact with James on social media before he died.

Anyone with information can call detectives at Essex Police on 101 and ask for extension 486160 or email scdappeals@essex.pnn.police.uk.

Alternatively they can ring Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. It has offered a £10,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of the person or people responsible for the murder.

Ten people have been arrested in connection with the investigation:

  • A 19-year-old man was arrested on Wednesday September 24, 2014 and currently remains in police custody for questioning.

  • Two 33-year-olds of no fixed address will report back to police on Friday, October 17, 2014.

  • An 18-year-old man of no fixed address, a 25-year-old woman from Southend and a 23-year-old woman from Ipswich are all bailed until Wednesday, October 15., 2014.

  • A 31-year-old man arrested on the evening of Thursday, August 7, 2014 has been bailed until Tuesday, November 18, 2014. 

  • Three other people, also arrested in connection with the murder, have been bailed until Wednesday, November 19, 2014. They are a 57-year-old man, a 27-year-old woman and a 27-year-old man all from Colchester.


Updated: 8.40am, Thursday, September 25, 2014

A 19-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of the murder of James Attfield.

The man was arrested on the afternoon of Wednesday, September 24, 2014 and taken to Colchester Police Station to be interviewed by detectives.

Updated at 3.10pm, Wednesday September 24, 2014

Four people being questioned in connection with the murder of James Attfield in Colchester have had their bail extended as the investigation continues.  

A 31-year-old man from Colchester arrested on the evening of Thursday, August 7, 2014 has been bailed until Tuesday, November 18, 2014.

Three other people, a 57-year-old man, a 27-year-old woman and a 27-year-old man all from Colchester, have been bailed until Wednesday, November 19, 2014.

Another five people have also been arrested and questioned. An 18-year-old man of no fixed address, a 25-year-old woman from Southend and a 23-year-old woman from Ipswich have all been bailed pending further enquiries until Wednesday, October 15, 2014. Two 33-year-old men of no fixed address will report back to police on Friday, October 17, 2014.

Updated at 4:30pm, Friday September 5, 2014

Detectives investigating the murder of James Attfield are putting up new posters in pubs surrounding Castle Park as part of their latest drive to identify six mystery men.

PosterThe posters, featuring CCTV images of the men, are being put up in public houses and bars that are close to the entrances to Castle Park and detectives have also been speaking to bar staff and regulars.

Detective Chief Inspector Simon Werrett said: "James liked to go out for a drink and many of the pubs he frequented were close to Castle Park.

"It is also quite likely that the people caught in these CCTV images may drink in these pubs.

"We originally issued 21 CCTV images of 23 people we wanted to identify and these six are the only ones that are yet to come forward.

"There could be numerous reasons as to why this is this case but we really need to find out who they are. They could hold crucial information that will help in identifying James murderer.

James Attfield murder - CCTV 6 men

"I believe the answer to identifying them will lie within the community and especially those who go out in the town on a Friday night.”

James Attfield was found seriously injured with over 100 stab wounds in Castle Park, by the lake, close to Guildford Road, shortly before 6am on Saturday March 29. He died a short time later at the scene.

The 33-year-old, from the East Bay area of the town, was last seen in the River Lodge Public House on Middleborough on Friday March 28.

He left there shortly after 10pm and there are no confirmed sightings of him after that time until he was found in the park the next day.

Police are also still keen to speak to people who may have been in contact with James on social media before he died.

DCI Werrett said: "As part of the investigation into James’ murder, officers have been reviewing his social media activity. It appears he may have been in contact with a woman, via Facebook, who went on holiday around the time of Friday March 21 and was due back on the Saturday that he was killed.

"From posts James made on his page it is believed the woman likes dancing, pottery and may have sung karaoke with him. We would like this woman to contact the investigation team so she can tell us about her knowledge of James.

"Also if anyone was friends with James on Facebook and they haven’t yet spoken to police officers we would ask them to please get in touch.

"We also still want to trace a man and woman seen sitting on a bench in Lower Castle Park on the night before James died.

"They were seen sitting on a bench in Lower Castle Park, near to where James was found. They were spotted at 11.30pm on Friday, March 28, sitting at opposite ends of the bench, near a man who was sitting on the grass.

"It is unknown whether they knew each other, but they may have been a couple who had an argument earlier in the evening and so were sitting apart, not talking to each other.

"We now have an updated description of this couple; the man was white, of stocky build and had a shaved or closely shaved head, and was possibly wearing a white shirt. The woman was white, with pale skin and was wearing a skirt and possibly a blouse. She had black hair which was swept back into a pony tail.

"They need to contact us. It may be embarrassing or difficult for them to call but a man has died and it is vital they come forward.”

Anyone with information can call detectives at Essex Police on 101 and ask for extension 486160 or email scdappeals@essex.pnn.police.uk. Alternatively they can ring Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. It has offered a £10,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of the person or people responsible for the murder.

To date nine people have been arrested and are on bail to various dates.

A 25-year-old woman from Southend and an 18-year-old man, of no fixed address, have been bailed until September 15.

One 31-year-old man from Colchester arrested on the evening on August 7 was bailed to September 23. Three other people also arrested on suspicion of murder, two men aged 27 and 57, and a 27-year-old woman, have been bailed until September 24.

The 23 year old woman from Ipswich arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice has also been bailed until September 15.

Two men, aged 33 of no fixed address, remain on police bail also until late September pending further enquiries after they were arrested earlier this summer.


 

Updated at 12:30pm, Wednesday August 13, 2014

Man re-arrested

A man has been re-arrested on suspicion of the murder of another man in Colchester earlier this year (2014).

James Attfield was found seriously injured with over 100 stab wounds in Castle Park off Guildford Road shortly before 6am on Saturday, March 29. He died a short time later at the scene.

On Tuesday, August 12, an 18-year-old man of no fixed address was arrested in Southend and is currently being questioned by detectives at a police station in Essex. He was one of seven people arrested on Thursday, August 7.

The other six people, a 27-year-old woman from Colchester, a 27-year-old man from Colchester, a 57-year-old man from Colchester, a 25-year-old woman from Southend, a 23-year-old woman from Ipswich in Suffolk and a 31-year-old man from Colchester, were later released on police bail until Wednesday, September 24 pending further enquiries.

Two men, aged 33 of no fixed address, remain on police bail also until late September pending further enquiries after they were arrested in connection with James Attfield’s murder earlier this summer.

In total, nine people have been arrested in connection with James Attfield’s murder.


 

Updated at 6pm, Thursday August 7, 2014

Six arrested

Six people in Essex and Suffolk have been arrested today in connection with the murder of a man in Colchester earlier this year.

James Attfield was found fatally injured with over 100 stab wounds in Castle Park off Guildford Road around 6am on Saturday, March 29. He died a short time later.

On Thursday, August 7, six people were arrested at residential properties in Colchester, Ipswich and Southend. Two of these six people, a 27 year old woman and a 27 year old man from Colchester, were on police bail after having been previously arrested in connection with the murder and have been rearrested. Three others, a 25 year old woman from Southend, an 18 year old man of no fixed address, and a 57 year old man from Colchester were arrested on suspicion of murder. A 23 year old woman from Ipswich was arrested on suspicion of attempting to pervert the course of justice.

All six people are being questioned by detectives at police stations across Essex and Suffolk. A number of properties in Suffolk and Essex are also been searched by police.

Two men, aged 33 of no fixed address, remain on police bail pending further enquiries until Wednesday, September 17 after also having been arrested in connection with James Attfield’s murder.


 

Updated at 1pm, Monday July 28, 2014

Did you have contact with James on social media?

Did you have contact with James Attfield on Facebook? If so, detectives investigating his murder would like to speak to you.

Detective Superintendent Steve Worron, of the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate, said: “As part of the investigation into James’ murder, officers have been reviewing his Facebook account ‘Jim.Attfield’.  It appears he may have been in contact with a woman who went on holiday around the time of Friday, March 21 and was due back on the Saturday that he was killed. From posts James made on his page it is believed the woman likes dancing, pottery and may have sung karaoke with him. “We would like this woman to contact the investigation team so she can tell us about her knowledge of James. Also, if anyone was friends with James on Facebook and they haven’t yet spoken to police officers please get in touch as we would like to speak to them.”

If you did have contact with James, or you think you could be the woman mentioned please contact the incident room on 01245 282103.



Updated 1:30pm, Monday July 21, 2014

Further appeal for couple on bench to come forward

Detectives investigating the murder of James Attfield have today made a further appeal for two people who may have seen James before he died to come forward.

They would like to trace a couple who were seen sitting on a bench in Lower Castle Park, the night before James was killed.

bench

James, also known as Jim, died on Saturday, March 29. He was found seriously injured with more than 100 stab wounds in Lower Castle Park off Guildford Road in Colchester shortly before 6am on that Saturday morning.

The 33-year-old man from East Bay in the town was last seen in the River Lodge Public House on Middleborough on Friday, March 28.

He left there shortly after 10pm but there are no confirmed sightings of him after that time until he was found in the park the next day.

Detective Superintendent Steve Worron, of the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate, said: “The man and woman we would like to speak to were seen sitting on a bench in Lower Castle Park, near to where James was found.

“They were spotted at 11.30pm on Friday, March 28, sitting at opposite ends of the bench, near a man who was sitting on the grass.

“It is unknown whether they knew each other, but they may have been a couple who had an argument earlier in the evening and so were sitting apart, not talking to each other. The man was white and is of a stocky build. The woman is described as white.

“We have made extensive appeals for these people to come forward and speak to us. The information they may have could be vital to the investigation. If you think one of the people could be you, please come forward. You may be concerned about the length of time that has passed but don’t let that stop you from getting in touch. We need to speak to you to find out about what may have happened to James on the night in Lower Castle Park.

“It could be that you know who the people are. If you do, again please get in touch with us. You may be worried or don’t want to get involved but please don’t turn a blind eye. The people of Colchester can help us to solve this murder and I’m appealing to you directly to call us with any information you may have.”

The couple on the bench, or anyone who might know who they are, are asked to contact the incident room on 01245 282103 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. Crimestoppers has offered a reward of £10,000 payable for information which leads to the conviction of the person or people responsible for the murder of James Attfield.


 

UPDATED: 2.00pm, Friday July 11, 2014

Detectives investigating the murder of James Attfield today urged the people of Colchester to help them build up a clearer picture of his movements in the hours before his death.

James, also known as Jim, was found seriously injured with more than 100 stab wounds in Lower Castle Park off Guildford Road in Colchester shortly before 6am on Saturday, March 29.

He died a short time later at the scene. The 33-year-old man from East Bay in the town was last seen in the River Lodge Public House on Middleborough on Friday, March 28.

He left there shortly after 10pm but there are no confirmed sightings of him after that time until he was found dying in the park on Saturday morning.

Detective Chief Superintendent Steve Worron said: “We don’t know why James was in the park, what time he got there and who he may have spoken to.

“We do know that the area is well used and we would really like to build up a picture of what may go on there, particularly overnight.  I’m asking the people of Colchester to come forward and tell us about what goes on. I would urge them to come forward as it could really help us to find out who is responsible for James’ death. They can call us via the incident room on 01245 282103 or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Officers have been making extensive enquiries and recently made a fresh appeal to find a couple who were seen sitting on a bench in Lower Castle Park, near to where James was found.

They were spotted at 11.30pm on Friday, March 28, sitting at opposite ends of the bench, near a man who was sitting on the grass.
It is unknown whether they knew each other, but they may have been a couple who had an argument earlier in the evening and so were sitting apart, not talking to each other.
The man was white and is of a stocky build. The woman is described as white.
The couple on the bench, or anyone who might know who they are, are asked to contact the incident room on 01245 282103 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. Crimestoppers has offered a reward of £10,000 payable for information which leads to the conviction of the person or people responsible for the murder of James Attfield.

UPDATED: 3.45pm, Wednesday July 9, 2014


Two people arrested in connection with the murder of James Attfield have had their bail extended.

The man and woman both aged 27 and from the Colchester area have been bailed until Friday, August 8, pending further enquiries.

Two other men both aged 33 and from Colchester, also arrested in connection with the murder are also on bail until Wednesday, August 7.

Anyone with information that might help detectives is asked to contact detectives on 01245 282103 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Crimestoppers has offered a reward on £10,000 payable for information which leads to the conviction of the person or people responsible for Jim’s murder.

 


 

UPDATED: 3pm, Monday July 7, 2014

Detectives investigating the murder of James Attfield, known as Jim, in Colchester in March are still trying to trace a couple seen sitting on a bench which was near to where the 33-year-old was found dying the following morning.

The couple was seen at 11.30pm on Friday, March 28. They were sitting at opposite ends of the bench, near a man who was sitting on the grass.
It is unknown whether they knew each other, but they may have been a couple who had an argument earlier in the evening and so were sitting apart, not talking to each other.

Description:
The man is white, of stocky build and has long legs while the woman is described as white.

DI Anne Cameron said: “It is crucial we trace this man and woman as they may have vital information which could help us piece together Jim’s last movements before he was so brutally stabbed in his home town and in a place he enjoyed to visit.
“We continue to work tirelessly around the clock to trace the person or people responsible for cutting Jim’s life short and robbing him of a future he was looking forward to.”

The couple on the bench, or anyone who might know who they are, is asked to contact detectives on 01245 282103 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Crimestoppers has offered a reward on £10,000 payable for information which leads to the conviction of the person or people responsible for Jim’s murder.


 

UPDATED: 10.30am, Monday June 30, 2014

The reward offered by Crimestoppers for information leading to a conviction for the murder of James Attfield in March, has been doubled to £10,000.

Detectives are continuing to appeal for the public to come forward to help them in their investigation into the 33-year-old's murder on Saturday, March 29 in Lower Castle Park in Colchester.

Today, his family will hold his funeral.


Seven people in CCTV still to be found

Detectives has previously released CCTV of people they want to speak to, who were caught on camera in the area around the time of the murder. Many people have already contacted them after the images were made public, but seven people remain outstanding, to either be eliminated from the enquiry or to see if they have vital witness information.

Deputy Senior Investigating Officer, DI Anne Cameron, said: “If you recognise yourself from the CCTV please contact us even if you did not see or hear anything as we need to identify everyone so that we can move forward with our enquiries.
"James was a vulnerable man who would not have been able to run away from his attacker. For the sake of his family we will do all we can to bring his killer to justice."


The investigation so far:

800 statements taken
230 people have phoned in response to appeals
4,300 documents and intelligence recorded on file


If you can help, please contact the investigation team via 101 or give information to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


Crimestoppers Reward
Eastern Regional Manager for Crimestoppers Ann Scott said: “I live in this community myself. I am reassured by the extra police presence and know that Essex Police is doing everything possible to find the person or persons responsible for both James’ murder and that of Nahid Almanea. However, it is natural to feel nervous about what has happened in Colchester and this is why we are increasing the reward for information on the murder of James Attfield.
"Please come forward with any information you have and give these two families some answers. Somebody somewhere knows who took these innocent people’s lives.”

Only information passed to Crimestoppers via telephone will qualify for the reward if it leads to a conviction.
Information passed to Crimestoppers via their online secure form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org or given directly to Police will not qualify.

If the two murders are positively linked by Police then the claimant will only be eligible to claim up to £10,000.


Reporting information:

Call 101
Call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111
Fill in a form on www.crimestoppers-uk.org


 

 

UPDATED: 1pm, Tuesday May 20, 2014

Seven weeks after the murder of James Attfield in Colchester, detectives still need to identify the people in seven CCTV images.

They have also released a CCTV photo of James walking through the town centre just after 9am on the morning of Friday March 28.

James Attfield on 28/3

 

James, 33, was found seriously injured with more than 100 stab wounds in Castle Park off Guildford Road shortly before 6am on Saturday, March 29. He died a short time later at the scene.

He was last seen in the River Lodge Public House in Middleborough on Friday, March 28. He left there shortly after 10pm and was not seen again until he was found the following morning.

Detectives investigating the murder are particularly keen to find the man in Image 6.

Senior Investigating Officer, DCI Simon Werrett, said: "We want this individual or those who know and love the man seen in image 6, to contact us so that we can speak to him, ascertain what he was doing in the park and then hopefully dismiss him from the enquiry. We want to move on and concentrate fully on potential suspects.”

A Crimestoppers reward of up to £5,000 still remains on offer for information which leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for the murder.

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

A man and a woman, both aged 27 and from Colchester, are currently on police bail until Wednesday, May 21 after having been arrested in connection with the murder.

 


UPDATED: 8.30am, Friday May 16, 2014

Detectives investigating the murder of a man in Colchester have identified another person from a series of CCTV images issued a few days after the crime was committed.

James Attfield was found seriously injured with over 100 stab wounds in Castle Park off Guildford Road shortly before 6am on Saturday, March 29. He died a short time later at the scene. The 33-year-old man from East Bay in the town was last seen in the River Lodge Public House on Middleborough on Friday, March 28. He left there shortly after 10pm, never to be seen until he was found the following morning.

The woman in Image 20 has now been identified, leaving officers still requiring help in identifying the seven people shown here.

A Crimestoppers reward of up to £5,000 still remains on offer for information which leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for the murder.

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

A man and a woman, both aged 27 and from Colchester, are currently on police bail until Wednesday, May 21 after having been arrested in connection with the murder.

 

UPDATED: 11am, Wednesday May 14, 2014

Detectives investigating the murder of James Attfield in Colchester in March have identified another person they wanted to speak to.

Just over a week after the murder, Efit images of three people were released. They were created using accounts from witnesses who saw people near James on the evening before he was found dying from his injuries on Saturday March 29.

James Attfield was found seriously injured with over 100 stab wounds in Castle Park off Guildford Road shortly before 6am on Saturday, March 29. He died a short time later at the scene. The 33-year-old man from East Bay in the town was last seen in the River Lodge Public House on Middleborough on Friday, March 28. He left there shortly after 10pm, but wasn't seen until he was found the following morning.

There are still people the detectives would like to speak to, seen on CCTV in the park on the night James died. There is also an outstanding Efit image.

Please take a look and see if you can help.

A Crimestoppers reward of up to £5,000 still remains on offer for information which leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for the murder.

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

Efit 3

 


 

UPDATED: 9.30am, Friday May 9, 2014

Detectives believe they have now identified a man and woman recorded on CCTV and so will be looking to eliminate them from the investigation.

On Thursday, May 8, police appealed for a couple pictured in image 16 on the Essex Police website to come forward. Later that day, the man contacted the incident room.  Detectives will now be speaking to the couple, after which they will then be able to ascertain whether they are also the couple seen on the bench at 11:30pm on Friday, March 28.

Furthermore, the man shown in Image 15 (02:36:31) has also contacted police and will look to also soon be eliminated from enquiries. This leaves eight people still to be identified from the CCTV.

UPDATED: 10am, Thursday May 8, 2014

Detectives are trying to identify a man and a woman recorded on CCTV who are believed to be key witnesses to the murder of James Attfield. 

This pair could be the same couple seen earlier that evening on a bench, near to where a man sat on the grass.  There is a strong possibility that this man was James.  The couple were sat at opposite ends of the bench and it is believed they had an argument earlier in the evening.  The man is white and of stocky build with long legs and the woman is white.

A Crimestoppers reward of up to £5,000 still remains on offer for information which leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for the murder.

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

A man and a woman, both aged 27 and from Colchester, are currently on police bail until Friday, May 9 after having been arrested in connection with the murder.

UPDATED: 3pm, Wednesday May 7, 2014

Detectives are urging people to take another look at CCTV images taken in the park where James Attfield was found murdered.

Many have already been identified - one in just a few minutes after an appeal on our Twitter account.

There are 11 images outstanding and detectives are hoping they may hold vital information that could help with their inquiries.

The people in the CCTV may have seen something that could help the murder investigation team.

A reward of up to £5,000 is still being offered by Crimestoppers for information which leads to the arrest and conviction of the person, or people, responsible.

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



UPDATED: 9am, Tuesday April 29, 2014

A national appeal on BBC1's Crimewatch last night has led to two more people being identified from CCTV images.

The murder of James Attfield featured on last night's programme.

Detectives previously released 23 CCTV images and had, until last night, identified only six people and eliminated them from enquiries.

They have now identified two more after the appeal - but still have 15 who have yet to come forward, who may hold information that detectives need to solve the murder.

The man and woman seen walking through the park where James was killed will now be interviewed - they may hold vital information.

DCI Simon Werrett, who is leading the murder investigation, said: “The Crimewatch programme was extremely useful and we are hoping that the man and woman who have come forward will be able to provide more information about others who were in the park at the time.
“We still need to trace 15 people and would appeal to anyone who was in the park at the time and has not yet spoken to police to contact us as soon as possible. If anyone knows anything, no matter how small or trivial they think the information might be, please do get in touch with my investigation team. We still need help from the public to establish what Mr Attfield’s movements were between the River Lodge pub shortly after 10pm on Friday March 28 and when he was found dying from stab wounds in Lower Castle Park shortly before 6am on Saturday March 29.”

DCI Werrett said that forensic tests on knives found during searches in the park area had failed to establish any links to the murder.

He added: “We are convinced that the knife is still out there and so are the killer’s clothes which are likely to be covered in blood. Someone must know where that knife and the clothes are.”

A reward of up to £5,000 has been offered by Crimestoppers for information which leads to the arrest and conviction of the person, or people, responsible.

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

To view the remaining CCTV images, scroll down this page to the update on Thursday April 10.



UPDATED: 2.45pm, Monday April 28, 2014

An appeal for information on the murder of James Attfield in Colchester will feature on the BBC Crimewatch programme being broadcast on BBC1 at 9pm tonight.

Detectives are still trying to establish all of Mr Attfield's movements between leaving the River Lodge pub shortly after 10pm on Friday March 28 and when he was found dying from stab wounds in Lower Castle Park shortly before 6am on Saturday March 29.

Success
An appeal made last week to trace three men seen on CCTV walking through the park was successful - they were identified and eliminated from enquiries.
A total of six people caught on CCTV walking through Lower Castle Park late on Friday March 28 and into the early hours of Saturday March 29 have now been identified and eliminated from enquiries. A further 17 people have yet to come forward.

CCTV images - identities needed

Officers are also still trying to trace a couple seen sitting on a bench in Lower Castle Park, close to the lake at 11.30pm on Friday, March 28.

The man is described as white, of stocky build and appears tall with long legs. The only description of the woman is that she is white. They were sitting at opposite ends of the bench and it is not certain if they knew each other, although they may have been a couple who had had a row earlier in the evening and were sitting apart not talking to each other.

Approximately 10 metres away from where this couple were sat, a man was sitting on the grass who was white, aged in his 30s and wearing a dark jacket and possibly jeans. This may, or may not, have been James Attfield.

Arrests
On Wednesday, April 23, a 27-year-old man from Colchester was arrested in connection with the murder. He and a 27-year-old woman, also from the town, are now on police bail until Friday, May 9 pending further enquiries

A reward of up to £5,000 has been offered by Crimestoppers for information which leads to the arrest and conviction of the person, or people, responsible.

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


 

UPDATED: 3.30pm, Friday April 25, 2014

Police will be out in Colchester tonight on the four week anniversary of the murder of James Attfield to speak to people about his death.

Detective Chief Inspector Simon Werrett, said: "We will be out in the town centre and will also have officers in Castle Park from 6pm to 6am to speak to people about James' death.

"We know James was drinking in the River Lodge pub until around 10pm but his movements after that point have not been established. It is likely that many of those out tonight will have been in town on the night leading up to James death and by speaking to them directly we hope to jog their memories about events on that fateful evening.

"We also have a number of e-fits of people we would like to identify and a number of CCTV images and we will be showing those to people to see if they can assist us with names.

"The mobile police station will be set up in the High Street and North Hill area with officers and information available so that anyone with information can approach us as well.

"The investigation is continuing to progress but we are still building up a complete picture of James's movements between the evening of Friday March 28 and the time he was found just before 6am on Saturday March 29 with more than 100 stab wounds in Lower Castle Park."

 


 UPDATED: 1.30pm, Thursday April 24, 2014

A 27-year-old man from Colchester, arrested yesterday in connection with the investigation into the murder of James Attfield has been released on police bail until Friday, May 9, pending further enquiries. 


 

UPDATED: 3.30pm, Wednesday April 23, 2014

Police have today arrested a 27-year-old man from Colchester in connection with their investigation into the murder of James Attfield.

He has been taken to a police station for questioning.

Officers have also executed search warrants at two addresses in Colchester as part of their continuing enquiries.

Police are still appealing for a number of people to come forward who were pictured on CCTV walking through Lower Castle Park late on Friday March 28 and in the early hours of Saturday March 29.

Two people featured have already come forward and have been eliminated from enquiries, but 21 people captured on CCTV still have not been identified and may hold key information for the investigating officers.

A couple seen sitting on a bench are also being sought, as they were on the bench at 11.30pm - the same time a man was seen sitting on the floor. This could have been James before he was attacked.

There are also three Efit images released which officers have had no identifications for.

A 27-year-old woman from Colchester 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.


 

UPDATED: 1.30pm, Tuesday April 22, 2014

Detectives investigating the murder of James Attfield have renewed their appeal for a man and woman to come forward, who were seen close to where his body was found.

They were seen sitting on a bench by the lake in Castle Park, in Colchester, at around 11.30pm to 11.40pm on Friday March 28.

Detective Chief Inspector Simon Werrett said: "The man is described as white, of stocky build, and seemed tall with long legs. 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 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 10 metres away from where this couple was sat, was a man sat on the grass who was white, aged 30 to 40 and wearing a dark jacket and possibly jeans. This may, or may not, 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 that could take the enquiry forward. I would urge them or anyone who knows who they are to contact my investigation team."

Mr Attfield was found seriously injured with more than 100 stab wounds in Castle Park, off Guildford Road, shortly before 6am on Saturday March 29. He died a short time later at the scene.

Officers are still piecing together the 33-year-old student’s movements between 10pm on Friday March 28 when he left the River Lodge Public House and the time when he was found injured.

They are also attempting to identify three people depicted in efits and a number of people caught on CCTV who they need to eliminate from their enquiries.
Scroll down this page to view the CCTV images.

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

 


UPDATED: 12:30pm, Monday April 14, 2014

Independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers has today offered a reward of up to £5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the violent murder of 33-year-old James Attfield.

James was found in Castle Park, Colchester in the early hours of Saturday March 29. He had been stabbed 102 times in a frenzied attack. He died while paramedics were at the scene following serious injuries to his upper body, including his head and hands.

James, known as Jim to his friends and family, was a vulnerable man who had been left with mobility and cognitive issues following an injury he received in a road traffic collision four years ago. He leaves a mother, siblings and five children.

Ann Scott, Eastern Regional Manager for Crimestoppers, said: “I simply cannot comprehend how someone can stab another person even once, let alone over 100 times. Thinking of what James must have gone through brings me to tears which is why we have to find the person responsible for this horrific murder. I would urge anyone with information no matter how insignificant they feel it might be or anyone with niggling suspicions they are unsure of to contact us anonymously, safe in the knowledge that their identity will not be revealed.

“You have nothing to fear by giving us information as we never ask for your name or take any personal details. We don’t record our calls and can’t trace calls/computers. Those giving information won’t have give a statement to the police or go to court. You don’t even have to speak to someone if you don’t want to – you can give information online. It really is quick, safe and easy. And, it could be vital in helping police to bring this person to justice.”

If you have any information on this incident please contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through the anonymous online form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

*Note: Rewards will only be payable for information passed to the Crimestoppers 0800 555 111 number. Information passed to police will not qualify.


 

UPDATED: 10.30am, Monday April 14, 2014

The woman arrested by detectives investigating the murder of James Attfield in Colchester’s Castle Park has been released on police bail.

The 27-year-old from Colchester has been bailed pending further enquiries until Tuesday, April 15.
She was released on Sunday morning.

Officers are continuing to appeal for anyone with information to contact them as they continue to piece together 33-year-old James’ last movements on the evening of Friday, March 28 and the early hours of Saturday, March 29.

Specially-trained family liaison officers are continuing to support James’ family and detectives are working around the clock to find the person or people responsible for his murder.

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


 

UPDATED: 6pm, Friday April 11, 2014

Detectives investigating the murder of James Attfield in Colchester’s Castle Park almost two weeks ago have made another arrest in connection with the enquiry.

A 27-year-old woman from Colchester has been arrested and is currently in custody.


 

UPDATED: 12pm, Friday April 11, 2014

There has already been a good response from the public following the release of efits and CCTV images related to this investigation, but detectives still need anyone who recognises any of the people to contact them.

The police appeal for information will feature on Channel 5’s Law & Disorder: Catching Criminals Live on 10pm on Friday, April 11.

Senior Investigating Officer, DCI Simon Werrett, said: “We are grateful for this opportunity to make another push for people to come forward with information. James’ family is distraught and completely devastated and want to know what happened to him. They want to know what type of individual would inflict such pain on their loved one. We want to answer these questions, but need help from others."

Searches of the murder scene as well as a 1.5 mile area of Castle Park have lasted for nearly two weeks. The cordon which has been in place will be lifted this afternoon, Friday. Detectives would like to thank members of the public for their patience while this essential work has been carried out. They would also like to thank residents in roads which have been disrupted by the cordon as well as an influx of police vehicles and media for being so accommodating.


 

UPDATED: 4pm, Thursday April 10, 2014

These CCTV images show people walking in to Castle Park between 11.45pm on Friday 28th March and 4.23am the following morning.

If you recognise yourself or anyone else in these images please get in touch by calling the hotline number 01245 282103 between 6.30am and 8pm or 101 outside these times.

These people could have vital information that will help detectives to find the person or people who attacked James so brutally and left him alone to die.

You can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously and in the strictest confidence on 0800 555 111.


 

UPDATED: 3.30pm, Wednesday April 9, 2014

The family of murdered James Attfield have released photographs of the 33-year-old in the hope that someone may remember seeing him on the night he died.

It is hoped these will help jog people’s memories to recall whether they saw him walking in Castle Park, Colchester, on the evening of Friday, March 28, or the early hours of the Saturday morning, March 29.

Family photos of James Attfield


Detectives still need to piece together James’ last movements between leaving the River Lodge pub in Middleborough at 10.09pm on Friday, and being found dying in Castle Park at 5.45am on Saturday morning.

They also need information to identify three people depicted in efits released on Monday, April 7. These people could hold information which could prove vital to the on-going murder investigation.

Senior Investigating Officer DCI Simon Werrett said: "I am hoping these photographs of James will help people to remember whether they saw him on Friday night or Saturday morning. While we are examining many hours of CCTV in the area we still need to piece together James’ last movements before he was killed.

"I am sure there is still someone out there who has information they are not sharing with police. I would urge them to contact my team or call Crimestoppers, which they can do anonymously.”

A special hotline number to the murder investigation team is active between 6.30am - 8pm on 01245 282103. Outside these times, call 101. You can also give information anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

 


 

UPDATED: 4.30pm, Monday April 7, 2014

Searches of the River Colne have continued today, Monday, April 7, by divers from Sussex Police, who have been assisting the investigation since Wednesday, April 2. A police cordon remains in place while the searches continue, and residents are thanked for their cooperation.


 

UPDATED: 8pm, Saturday April 5, 2014

appeal posterIt is now 1 week since James Attfield was found last Saturday at 5.45am in Castle Park, #Colchester with 102 separate wounds on his arms, hands, back, neck and head. Despite paramedics who fought to save his life, he died from his injuries, caused during a 'violent and frenzied' attack.

DCI Simon Werrett, who is leading the investigation, said today that extensive investigations are continuing in a bid to find the killer who struck at Castle Park, last weekend.

Essex Police officers were at the murder scene from about 9pm last night, Friday April 4 until dawn this morning, talking to people who might have been in the park at the same time last Friday.

DCI Werrett said: "We spoke to about 50 people during the course of the night and we have been given some useful information that is currently being followed up.

"We also want to trace a man and a woman who would have been sitting on a bench in the park, by the lake. The only description is they were white and may have been smoking. This would have been about 11.30pm last Friday evening.

"We also want to hear from anyone who may know someone who returned home early last Saturday morning with blood-covered clothing which they may have disposed of quickly."

DCI Werrett said that forensic investigations and searches were continuing in the park today and that officers were also searching a council tip for the contents of bins from the park that were emptied at the refuse site during last week.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the North Major Investigation Team on 01206 576845, 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


 

UPDATED: 8am, Saturday April 5, 2014

A man arrested by the Essex Police team investigating the murder of James Attfield has been released without charge. The 38-year-old man from #Colchester was arrested on Wednesday, April 2.

Senior Investigating Officer, DCI Simon Werrett said: "This is very much an active investigation and we still need information to find the person or people responsible for James’ murder.

"James was a vulnerable man who would actively avoid confrontation and risky situations. I cannot see any reason why someone would want to attack him. A mother has been robbed of her son, his siblings of their brother and his children of their father.

"I am determined to ensure that James’ family are able to see justice done and whoever is responsible for James’ violent murder is taken off the streets.”

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.


 

UPDATED: 5pm, Wednesday April 2, 2014

A 38-year-old man from Colchester has been arrested in connection with the investigation in to the murder of 33-year-old James Attfield.

The man was arrested in Cowdray Avenue this afternoon and has been taken to a police station for questioning.

Senior Investigating Officer DCI Simon Werrett said: "I would urge members of the public to continue to call my team with any information they might have about the whereabouts of James Attfield or anything they may have seen or heard in the Castle Park area during the early hours of Saturday morning.

"This is very much a fast moving and on-going investigation which really needs information from the public.”

Today at a press conference, James Attfield’s mum Julie Finch urged people to come forward with information. She said someone, somewhere, knew something.


 

UPDATED: 2pm, Wednesday April 2, 2014

The family of murdered James Attfield has appealed to the public for help in finding the killer of ‘a gentle young man’.

James Attfield and mum Julie FinchHis mum Julie Finch was joined by her partner Vince Sellars, and two daughters, Ashlee,18 and Joanne, 29.

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.

"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.

“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.


 

UPDATED: 8.45pm, Tuesday April 1, 2014

Investigations are continuing as officers in Colchester search for clues into the death of 33-year-old James Attfield. He was found with injuries that he later died from, on Saturday morning in Colchester Castle Park.

appeal posterOfficers are yet to determine a motive or find the weapon used in the 'frenzied and violent' attack.

Detectives are asking the public for help in thinking back to Friday night, when James was last seen leaving the River Lodge pub in Middleborough at 10.09pm, to 5.45am on Saturday morning when he was found with stab wounds in the park.

They want everyone who was in the pub from 6pm - 10.30pm on Friday night (March 28) to contact them.

An appeal poster has been produced and detectives are asking the public to download, print and share it, to help reach people who may have information.

People may think something is insignificant but officers may find something useful in it so are urging people to contact them with anything they may know.

They particularly want to establish where James went after leaving the pub.

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.

You can download the poster here.


 

UPDATED: 3pm Monday March 31, 2014

CCTV showing the last known movements of James Attfield has been released, by detectives appealing to the public for help in finding out who attacked him and why.



James, 33, of East Bay, Colchester, was found injured in Colchester Castle Park at 5.45am on Saturday morning.
Despite paramedics coming to his aid, he died from his injuries, caused during a 'violent and frenzied' attack.

CCTV shows James, known as Jim to his family, at the River Lodge pub in Middleborough, Colchester. He left the pub at 10.09pm, leaving behind most of his drink, which his family says was unusual for him.

The post-mortem, which took place yesterday, revealed 102 separate wounds on his arms, hands, back, neck and head.

Senior Investigating Officer DCI Simon Werrett said: "We do not know where he went between leaving the pub and being found injured in Castle Park at 5.45am on Saturday morning.
"Castle Park is used at all hours of the day and night and I’m sure someone will have seen something. I really need to hear from anyone who saw anybody acting suspiciously in the park, anyone who heard anything untoward, or anyone who thinks they may know who is responsible for Jim’s death.
"A man was seen lying on the ground in Castle Park at around 1.30am. We have not been able to establish who this man is. I would ask this man or anyone who knows who he is to contact me.
"Jim was not a confrontational person and would actively avoid risky situations and crowds due to his previous brain injury following a car accident four years ago."

James liked to drink alone and did not have many friends.
DCI Werrett added: "We do not have a motive for this attack, nor have we recovered a weapon."

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.

 


 

UPDATED: 10pm Sunday March 30, 2014

James AttfieldTributes have been paid to James Attfield who died in Colchester’s Castle Park in the early hours of Saturday morning, March 29.

James was 33 from East Bay in Colchester. Police are treating his death as murder and detectives from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate are investigating.

His mother, Julie Finch, released the following statement via Essex Police:

"James was known as Jim to his family and was always shy and polite. Over the years people commented on how good his manners were. He loved karaoke and would often visit local Colchester bars to take part. He also enjoyed playing darts and watching stand-up comedy.

"Four years ago Jim was involved in a car accident which left him with a brain injury and caused the left side of his body to be weak. The injury affected his reasoning and speech.

"Jim had always preferred going for a drink in a quiet "old man’s pub” rather than clubbing and never had many friends his own age. After the accident he was vulnerable and did not like going to crowded places as he knew he needed to keep away from trouble to avoid any risks which could lead to further injury.

"Jim was never the type of person to look for a fight and would always back down or walk away.

"Even after his accident he was always smiling and continuously challenging himself. He wanted to be the best he could be and always pushed himself to assist his recovery.

"In recent months he had bought a keyboard and a guitar and was teaching himself to play them.

"There are many stories that make the family smile when we remember Jim. One in particular was when on a family boating holiday he sunk in to some mud and had to be hosed down before he could get back on board. Another was a conversation we had about bread after my daughter Ashlee was born where Jim talked about how he only has one slice. Re-telling the story makes me laugh.

"Jim was loved by all his family and will be missed. Jim was son, brother and father.

"My family and I would like to be given the space we need to grieve in private.”

 


 

UPDATED: 7pm Saturday March 29, 2014

James AttfieldWe are now in a position to name the man who died in Colchester’s Castle Park this morning, Saturday, March 29, and are asking the public to remain vigilant as no suspect has yet been traced.

The man has been provisionally identified as James Attfield, also known as Jim, 33, of East Bay, Colchester.

He sadly died while paramedics were at the scene having suffered serious injuries to his upper body, including to his head and hands.

A post-mortem examination is expected to take place on Sunday.

A cordon remains on an area about 1.5 miles long between Wakefield Close and Riverside Place, covering a footpath and greensward.

Detectives from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate are working to piece together Jim’s movements on Friday evening in to Saturday morning. Anyone who may have seen him in Colchester town centre or in Castle Park is urged to get in contact. Police are also seeking information about a man who was seen walking along East Hill at 5.30am this morning.

Senior Investigating Officer DCI Simon Werrett said: “Castle Park is used at all hours of the day and night and I’m sure someone will have seen something. I really need to hear from anyone who saw anybody acting suspiciously in the park, anyone who heard anything untoward, or anyone who thinks they may know who is responsible for Jim’s death.

“Equally I would invite the person or people responsible to hand themselves in. We have not yet been able to establish a motive for this violent attack during which we believe a bladed weapon has been used. Until the post-mortem examination has been carried out I am unable to say what that weapon may have been or to elaborate on the injuries caused.”

Local superintendent Steve Ditchburn said there will be an increased police presence in Colchester town centre this evening, both to assist with the investigation and to offer reassurance to local residents.

He said: “We remain concerned that we have not yet been able to trace the person or people responsible for this death.

“I hope residents will take some reassurance from the increased presence today which will be continuing throughout the evening and as long as is necessary, but I am aware that this incident will be causing some to worry.

“I would ask people to remain vigilant and to contact us if they see anything suspicious.”


Anyone with information is asked to contact the North Major Investigation Team on 01206 576845, 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


 

UPDATED: 2.30pm Saturday March 29, 2014

A murder enquiry has been launched following the discovery of a man with head injuries in Lower Castle Park, Colchester, this morning, Saturday, March 29 at 5.45am. Emergency lifesaving treatment was given by paramedics at the scene, however he was pronounced dead at about 6.30am.

Colchester murder

The victim is believed to be a man aged in his 30s from Colchester. A police cordon has been established covering a greensward and a footpath running alongside Wakefield Close and Riverside Place. The rest of the park is open. The Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate is investigating the death. Assistance is being provided by Hampshire Constabulary who have attended the scene with a specialist search dog.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the North Major Investigation Team on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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