Bury St Edmunds Murder: Further Arrests

Police investigating the murder of a man in Bury St Edmunds have arrested two more men and a woman in connection with the inquiry.

66-year-old Peter Avis's body was found on Friday morning, 13th January, at his home above the Collis and Son shop in Abbeygate Street.

A post mortem examination revealed he had died from stab wounds.

Earlier this afternoon, Monday 16th January, police made three further arrests - an 18-year-old man from Bury St Edmunds, arrested on suspicion of murder and conspiracy to commit burglary, and a 26-year-old man and a 27-year-old woman, also from the town, on suspicion of conspiracy to commit burglary. All three are in custody at Bury St Edmunds Police Investigation Centre.

Police have executed at warrant at an address in Lark Avenue in Bury St Edmunds this afternoon and the area remains cordoned off as officers examine this home.

The three new arrests brings the total of those detained in connection with the incident to five.

A 34-year-old man was arrested in London on Friday night, 13th of January. He was brought back to Suffolk and remains in custody at Martlesham Police Investigation Centre where he is being interviewed on suspicion of murder. Magistrates yesterday granted police a further 36 hours to question him, which gives officers until tomorrow morning, Tuesday 17th January, to talk to him.

At this stage detectives can then apply for a further period to hold him should this be required.

A 30-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder in north London yesterday, Sunday 15th January. He was brought back to Suffolk and is currently also in custody at Martlesham Police Investigation Centre where he too is being interviewed.

Enquiries are progressing but police are continuing to appeal for anyone with information about the incident to call the Major Investigation Team at Suffolk Police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously if required, on 0800 555 111.

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Bury St Edmunds: Second Murder Arrest

A second man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a 66 year old man was found dead in a flat in Bury St Edmunds.

Police investigating the death of 66-year-old Peter Avis have also been granted further time to question a 34-year-old man already in custody.

The second man – a 30-year-old – was arrested in north London yesterday afternoon, Sunday 15 January. He will now be brought back to Suffolk to be interviewed by officers.

Meanwhile police have successfully applied for a warrant of further detention as they continue to question a 34-year-old man arrested in connection with the murder.

Magistrates have granted detectives a further 36 hours to interview the 34-year-old man – giving officers until Tuesday morning, 17 January, to talk to him about the incident.

Mr Avis was formally identified earlier today by relatives. Police are continuing enquiries into his death and are renewing appeals for anyone with information that may help the investigation to call the Major Investigation Team at Suffolk Constabulary on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously if required, on 0800 555 111.

Bury St Edmunds: Arrest in Jewellers Death

A 34-year-old man, arrested on suspicion of murder following the death of a man in Bury St Edmunds, is being questioned by detectives.

A man, believed to be aged 66, was found in a flat above the jewellery store Collis & Sons at High Baxter Street on Friday morning. A post mortem examination, carried out at the West Suffolk Hospital, revealed that he died as a result of stab wounds.

Police are continuing their inquiries into the incident and have been conducting searches, talking to those in the area and carrying out a full forensic examination of the scene.

Detectives are interviewing the 34-year-old, from Bury St Edmunds, who was arrested in the Haringay area of London by Metropolitan police, while Safer Neighbourhood Team Officers continue reassurance patrols in the area.

Detective Chief Inspector Neil Luckett, who is leading the investigation, said; “He was a vulnerable man and the motive appears to have been a burglary that then involved an assault on him and the use of a weapon.

“Someone must know who did this and must be aware of where the jewellery and other items stolen during the incident are now.

“Our investigation is ongoing and we’d continue to ask anyone who may have been in the Abbeygate Street or High Baxter Street area on Thursday night into Friday morning, or anyone with information about those involved or where the items are now, to come forward.

“We want to reassure local people that everything possible is being done to find those involved in this crime and to bring them to justice.”

Uniformed officers continue to patrol in the area and anyone with information about the incident can approach them or call the Major Investigation Team at Suffolk Constabulary on 101. You can also call Crimestoppers, anonymously if required, on 0800 555 111.

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