Beck Row: Police Look For Van Driver

Police investigating a double shooting outside a travellers site say they want to speak to a van driver.

Officers spoke to 500 people during stop-checks conducted one week on from the shootings.

Police had been contacted shortly before 10:30pm on Tuesday 15 March following the sound of gun shots near Willow Park in Beck Row. Officers arrived and discovered the bodies of 29-year-old David Castell and 20-year-old Shane Hill both from Essex.

Provisional post-mortem examination results showed that they died from gunshot wounds.

Officers are looking for witnesses who saw or heard a disturbance at Willow Park as well as those who saw a white van drive off at speed along the A1101 The Street towards Mildenhall shortly before 10:30pm on Tuesday.

Detectives have found this information after having spoken to local people during their house-to-house enquiries.

Senior Investigating Officer, Det Supt Julian Gregory, said: "At this stage, we don’t know whether the van is linked to the shootings or if it is unrelated so we are looking to trace and identify the driver in order to eliminate them from our investigation. We would urge the driver, anyone who saw it or anyone who knows about it to step forward and contact us."

During the evening of Tuesday 22nd and the morning of Wednesday 23rd of March, officers conducted stop-checks on vehicles and pedestrians speaking to nearly 500 people.

Det Supt Gregory added: "We’re grateful to all those who took time out to speak to us and apologise for any inconvenience we caused by delaying them and others who were in the area. We have found the results from the questionnaires and conversations very useful and further lines of enquiry have now been identified which we will now pursue with vigour."

Specialist teams continue to search the travellers site and its surrounding area. A number of firearms have been recovered but it is yet uncertain whether they are connected to the murders. Armed police continue to patrol the area.

Two men, aged 38 and 28 and from the Mildenhall area, are currently on police bail until April and May respectively after having been arrested in connection with these murders.

Anyone with information is urged to contact detectives from Norfolk and Suffolk Police’s Major Investigation Team on 01473 613500 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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