POLICE CONNECT MESSAGE: THETFORD MURDER ANNIVERSARY

Detectives investigating the murder of a man in Thetford one week ago are renewing their appeals for anyone with information to come forward.

This evening (Thursday 10 October 2019) marks the first anniversary of the murder of the 25 year old man – who has been provisionally identified as David Lawal, pending former inquest proceedings in Thetford.

A Home Office post mortem examination concluded Mr Lawal died from a single stab wound to the neck/upper chest area.

Detective Chief Inspector Phillip Gray, who is leading the murder investigation, said: “This a complex and fast-moving investigation and our enquiries to date suggest this murder has all the hallmarks of being connected to County Lines, and those involved were known to each other.

“I can’t stress enough how important the public are in helping us to identify potentially key witnesses and I am extremely grateful to all those who have spoken to us and provided valuable information. I want to appeal again to anybody who may have been in the area at the time – Brandon Road, Canon’s Close, Canterbury Way and Durham Way – particularly motorists with dash cam footage to come forward and share that with us. We also want to hear from you if you know someone who has information but who is, for whatever reason, reluctant to come forward themselves.

“Help us to build a picture of the circumstances leading up and after the murder. Please tell us about anything you might have seen or heard so we can understand what happened.”

Today, one week-on from the murder, there will be extra patrols in the areas around the Canterbury Way and Durham Way areas of Thetford. A police information hub has also been set up in Durham Way where people can speak to officers, and share information that may help the investigation.

Shortly after 7pm last Thursday (3 October 2019) officers who were on patrol discovered members of the public providing first aid to Mr Lawal on the side of the A134 Brandon Road. He had suffered stab wounds.

Sadly, despite the best efforts of members of the public, police officers and the East of England Ambulance Service, Mr Lawal was pronounced dead at the scene shortly before 8pm.

Two men, aged 26 and 29, who were arrested in connection with the incident have been released under investigation while a 17-year-old male has been bailed until 30 October 2019.

A fourth man, aged 48, arrested in connection with the incident on suspicion of possessing a bladed article and Class A drugs, has been released under investigation.

A fifth man, aged in 60s, arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender, has been released under investigation while enquiries continue.

 

Any witnesses or anyone with information that may help the investigation can share this with the Joint Norfolk and Suffolk Major Investigation Team here: https://mipp.police.uk/operation/363719N41-PO1.

They can also telephone Norfolk Police on 101 and quote reference Operation Petersfield and a member of the enquiry team will call them back. Alternatively, they can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or online at www.crimestoppers.co.uk

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