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25 January 2012, 17:21 | Updated: 25 January 2012, 17:31
Police investigating a murder in Bury St Edmunds say they want help to find a missing man who is wanted for questioning.
Police are appealing for help in tracing a 28-year-old man who is wanted for questioning in connection with the murder of 66-year-old Peter Avis at his home address in Bury St Edmunds on Friday 13 January.
Enquiries into the incident are continuing and detectives are now keen to question 28-year-old Pyotr Melaniuk in connection with the incident. Mr Melaniuk, who is Polish, is also thought to go by the names Irek Marciewicz, Pyotr Kelaniuil, Kamil Wislak and Ireneusz Melaniuk.
He is described as white, 5'6" tall, slim to medium build, with 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.
Melaniuck is known to have connections to North London and Brighton and whilst it is thought that he could be in either of these areas it is possible that he could be elsewhere in the country.
Over the past few days police have undertaken extensive enquiries and are working with other forces to locate and apprehend Melaniuck, but detectives are now appealing for help from the public in a bid to locate him.
Detective Superintendent Julian Gregory, Head of the Norfolk and Suffolk Major Investigation Team, said;
?We would like to hear from anyone who may have seen Melaniuck recently or, more importantly, anyone with information about where he is now. I would stress that if anyone does see Melaniuck or someone they suspect to be him, they should not approach him but should call police immediately using 999 if necessary. We would like to reassure the public that we are working closely with other forces to apprehend this man as soon as possible.?
Officers are asking anyone who may have seen him or who may have information about where he is now to call the Norfolk and Suffolk Major Investigation Team on 0800 096 1011 (or 0207 158 0126 if calling from abroad). Alternatively Suffolk Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.