Police name murder victim as inquiry continues

James Attfield
James Attfield Photo: Essex Police

Police have named the man who died in Colchester’s Castle Park and are asking the public to remain vigilant as no suspect has yet been traced.

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

He was found by a member of the public in Castle Park, just before 5.45am on Saturday. Paramedics tried to treat him but he died of serious stab wounds to his upper body, including to his head and hands. A post-mortem examination is expected to take place today.A cordon remains on an area about 1.5 miles long between Wakefield Close and Riverside Place, covering a footpath and grassy area. 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 touch. Police are also seeking information about a man who was seen walking along East Hill at 5.30am on Saturday.

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.”

– Senior Investigating Officer DCI Simon Werrett, Essex Police

Police in Colchester say more officers will be on patrol in the area.

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.”

– Supt Steve Ditchburn, Essex Police

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