James Attfield murder: Police appeal to identify six mystery men

Police in Colchester have launched a murder hunt after a frenzied attack on a vulnerable man. James Attfield, 33, from East Bay in Colchester, was struck down in Castle Park early on Saturday morning; he suffered 102 knife wounds.

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Mother pays tribute to murder victim

Jim Attifield's mother has paid tribute to her son after he was murdered in Colchester. Credit: Essex Police

Tributes have been paid to James Attfield, 33, who died in Colchester’s Castle Park in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Police are treating his death as murder and detectives from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate are expected to release more details on Monday.

His mother, Julie Finch, released a 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.

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

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