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18 March 2012, 18:35 | Updated: 18 March 2012, 18:38
Detectives investigating the fatal stabbing of man at a private party of Norfolk boxer Herbie Hide near Norwich have issued a direct appeal to the person who did it to contact police.
A murder enquiry was launched by Norfolk Constabulary earlier today following the death of a man in his 20s at a property in the village of Bawburgh.
The incident occurred shortly after midnight at a private birthday party being held at the home of former boxer Herbie Hide. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.
While police enquiries continue to identify all people in attendance, it is now understood Mr Hide was not present at the time of the incident.
Det Supt Julian Gregory of the joint Norfolk and Suffolk Major Investigation Team, who is overseeing the enquiry said: "We know this attack happened in front of many people and it is only a matter of time before we trace the offender. I would therefore ask that person to make contact with us, to give their account of what happened, before we knock on their door.
We have already spoken to around 100 witnesses at the scene last night and I would further appeal to those people present, and who have not yet spoken to police, to make contact with the Major Investigation Team.
We are satisfied this incident was contained within this private setting and that there are no wider issues for the local community."
Police were called at 12.07am to the residence in Long Lane to reports of a stabbing.
Paramedics attended the location but he was pronounced dead at the scene at 12.44am. The property has been sealed by police and a forensic examination continues at this time.
Police have been given varying amounts of the number of people at the party with figures in excess of 100 people to as many as 300 people.
Formal identification procedures have yet to take place and the name of the victim will not be confirmed until such time.
Police await the outcome of a Home Office post mortem examination, currently underway, to establish further facts around the cause of death.
Police will continue to provide high visibility reassurance patrols in the area. Members of the local community who have any concerns are asked to contact local officers in the Costessey Safer Neighbourhood Team in the first instance.
Anyone who has information about the incident should contact the Norfolk and Suffolk Major Investigation Team on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.
Norwich: Murder Investigation After Stabbing
18th March 2012, 12:52
Police have launched a murder enquiry following the fatal stabbing of a man at a private party at Norfolk boxer Herbie Hide's house in Norwich.
Police were called at 12.07am to a residence at Long Lane in Bawburgh to reports that man in his 20s had been stabbed. Paramedics attended the location but he was pronounced dead at the scene at 12.44am.
The property has been sealed by police and a forensic examination is currently underway.
Police can confirm that the incident occurred at a private party being held at the home of former world champion boxer Herbie Hide. It is understood more than 100 people were in attendance at the time of the event and police officers have spent the night gathering evidence from those who remained at the scene. Mr Hide and his family have relocated as police carry out investigations at the scene.
Detective Superintendent Julian Gregory of the joint Norfolk and Suffolk Major Investigation Team, overseeing the investigation, said: "We are in the early stages of our investigation and working to establish the sequence of events which led to this man's death.
We are also in the process of confirming the victim's identity and police Family Liaison Officers have been assigned to work with next of kin.
A large number of people are known to have been present at the property at the time and while we continue our efforts to identify and speak to all party goers, I would urge anyone who left the scene before speaking to police to contact Norfolk Constabulary as soon as possible on 101."
Officers will be providing high visibility reassurance patrols in the area later today and a Home Office post mortem is due to take place this afternoon.
Anyone who has information about the incident should contact police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.