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Multiple stabbing: Police issue CCTV of 23 people they want to trace

Police have issued 21 CCTV images of people who might be vital witnesses in an inquiry into an horrific stabbing Photo: Essex Police

Police hunting the killer of James Attfield, who was stabbed more than 100 times in an attack in a park in Colchester, have issued CCTV of 23 potential witnesses.

They are images of people who were in Castle Park in the hours before Mr Attfield was found dying.

The images, taken from a CCTV camera which overlooks the area of Middle Mill on the outskirts of the park, show people walking in the area between 11.45pm on Friday 28 March 28 and 4.23am on Saturday 29 March.

James Attfield, 33, was stabbed 102 times in an attack in Castle Park, Colchester Credit: Essex Police

Senior Investigating Officer, DCI Simon Werrett, said: "I would ask anyone who may have walked in this area on Friday night or Saturday morning to take a look at the pictures and see if they recognise themselves. Even if they are not pictured I would ask that they still contact my team to see if they might have any information which will help our enquiry."

"These CCTV images clearly demonstrate that the pathways through Castle Park are used regularly at night and as such there must be someone out there who holds vital information which could help us find the person or people who attacked James so brutally and left him alone to die.”

– DCI Simon Werrett, Essex Police

Essex Police want anyone wanting to contact the Major Investigation team to call the hotline number 01245 282103 between 6.30am and 8pm or 101 outside those times.

Lone man walking at 23:43:53 on Friday night, March 28 Credit: Essex Police
Lone man on a bike at 23:49:34 on Friday night, March 28 Credit: Essex Police
lone man on a bike at 23:49:36 on Friday night, March 28. From the CCTV it appears the men in this and the previous image were together Credit: Essex Police
Lone man walking at 23:56:10 on Friday night, March 28 Credit: Essex Police
Three men walking at 00:16:53 on Saturday morning, March 29 Credit: Essex Police
The same three men walking at 02:09:55 on Saturday morning, March 29 Credit: Essex Police
Lone man walking at 00:25:50 on Saturday morning, March 29 Credit: Essex Police
Lone woman walking at 00:36:09 on Saturday morning, March 29 Credit: Essex Police
Lone man walking at 01:22:31 or Saturday morning, March 29 Credit: Essex Police
Lone man walking, possibly carrying a plastic bag, at 01:24:23 on Saturday morning, March 29 Credit: Essex Police
Lone man walking at 01:46:43 on Saturday morning, March 29 Credit: Essex Police
Lone man walking at 01:47:10 on Saturday morning, March 29 Credit: Essex Police
lone man walking at 01:50:32 on Saturday morning, March 29 Credit: Essex Police
Lone man walking at 01:56:00 on Saturday morning, March 29 Credit: Essex Police
Man and the woman from image 8, walking at 02:19:45 or Saturday morning, March 29 Credit: Essex Police
Lone man walking at 02:36:31 on Saturday morning, March 29 Credit: Essex Police
A man and a woman walking at 02:39:58 on Saturday morning, March 29 Credit: Essex Police
Lone woman walking at 02:53:14 on Saturday morning, March 29 Credit: Essex Police
Lone man walking at 03:42:30 on Saturday morning, March 29 Credit: Essex Police
Man walking a dog at 04:12:10 on Saturday morning, March 29 Credit: Essex Police
Lone woman in a pink coat at 04:23:16 on Saturday morning, March 29 Credit: Essex Police

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