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Police name man found stabbed to death in town centre street

Police have named the man who died in a Colchester stabbing Credit: ITV Anglia

Police have named a man a died who was found stabbed to death in the street in Colchester.

Carl Hopkins, who was 49 and from Colchester, was found dead in Ryegate Road on Monday 11 February.

Police think his death is linked to an incident, which happened shortly before 9.55pm on Sunday 10 February.

A 40-year-old man was found in George Street with stab wounds to his back and was taken to hospital with serious injuries.

Police believe both incidents are drug related and isolated in nature

They've increased patrols in the town centre to provide extra reassurance and continue to ask anyone with concerns or information about either incident to speak to officers.

You can also contact the North Major Crime team on 101 quoting incident 208 of Monday 11 February. You can also report online at www.essex.police.uk/do-it-online Alternatively, contact the Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.

Police probe spate of knife-point robberies in Colchester

Police say they need help from the public to track down the men Credit: ITV Anglia

Detectives in Colchester are investigating following a series of knife point robberies in the streets.

Five people were left shaken after being targeted early yesterday in separate incidents. A woman was robbed of her handbag in Haven Road, while a man had cash, cards and a phone taken near Tesco at Greenstead. Three others were threatened, but not robbed. One man was arrested but released under investigation. Police want help from the public to track down the offenders.

Detective Sergeant Stuart Knight of Colchester CID said the robberies were highly opportunistic.

I’m asking the people of Colchester to assist us in piecing together the movements of two men.

“One of the men is believed to be white and aged in his early 20s with blonde hair. He is around 5ft 9ins tall and of slim build. He wore a black cap, a black tracksuit with white stripes down the trousers and a hooded jacket and a puffed coat. He wore a black scarf with white stripes around his face.

“I would also like to speak to a man who some victims describe as being in the vicinity of these crimes when they were being committed. He is described as being white, aged between 25 and 35, and stood at around 6ft tall. He wore a cream hooded jumper. At this stage, the stage of his involvement is not clear, but we would be keen to speak to him about what he’s seen this morning.

– Detective Sergeant Stuart Knight of Colchester CID

Police want people in Hythe or New Town to give them CCTV or dash cam footage You can call Colchester CID on 101 quoting the crime reference number 42/17671/19 or call Crimestoppers completely anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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