Essex: Wanted Man Could Be In The County

26 January 2012, 11:18 | Updated: 26 January 2012, 11:28

Police says a man wanted in connection with a murder in Suffolk could be hiding out in Essex.

Peter Avis was found dead at his home address in Bury St Edmunds on Friday, January 13th.

Enquiries have revealed that 28-year-old Pyotr Melaniuk is wanted in connection with the murder. The Polish man is also thought to go by the names Irek Marciewicz, Pyotr Kelaniuil, Kamil Wislak and Ireneusz Melaniuk.

He is described as white, 5ft 6in tall, slim to medium build and has short hair. A distinguishing feature is that the two middle fingers of his right hand above the knuckles are missing together with the thumb from the same hand. He also has tattoos on his hands and a spider tattoo on his right arm.

Melaniuk could be hiding out in Essex, either alone or with associates, but is also kown to have connections in north London and Brighton.

Head of the Norfolk and Suffolk Major Investigation Team Detective Superintendent Julian Gregory, said: "We would like to hear from anyone who may have seen Melaniuk recently or, more importantly, anyone with information about where he is now.

"I would stress that if anyone does see Melaniuk or someone they suspect to be him, they should not approach him but should call police immediately. We would like to reassure the public that we are working closely with other forces to apprehend this man as soon as possible."

Anyone with information on Pyotr Melaniuk's whereabouts is urged to contact police on 999 or call Norfolk and Suffolk Major Investigation Team on 0800 096 1011 (or 0207 158 0126 if calling from abroad).