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Norwich murder inquiry update

Two people arrested on suspicion of murder following the death of a man in Norwich have been released under investigation.

Detectives from the Norfolk and Suffolk Major Investigation Team have been questioning a 38-year-old man and a 37-year-old woman at Wymondham Police Investigation Centre since yesterday morning (Tuesday 26 October 2021).

It follows the discovery of a man’s body in a flat in Suffolk Square on Sunday 17 October, provisionally identified as 63-year-old Leslie Smith.

The death was treated as unexplained until a standard post-mortem examination held on Friday 23 October, raised concerns that Mr Smith could have suffered an injury.

A Home Office post-mortem examination was carried out on Saturday 24 October and while the cause of death remains inconclusive, unlawful injury cannot be ruled-out.

Detectives were granted extra time to question the suspects following a superintendent’s extension under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984. Both have now been released under investigation while enquiries continue.

Senior Investigating Officer Chris Burgess said: “We’re still working to establish the circumstances of how Mr Smith died through CCTV, forensic, witness and house to house enquiries. I’d encourage anyone living in the area who believes they might have information which could help our enquiries to come forward.”

Anyone with information should contact the Norfolk and Suffolk Major Investigation Team on 101 or alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 08000 555 111.

Murder inquiry launched after Norwich death

Detectives have launched a murder investigation following the death of a man in Norwich.

The body of a 63-year-old man was found inside a flat in Suffolk Square on Sunday 17 October and was treated as unexplained and not thought to be suspicious.

Following a standard post-mortem examination held on Friday 23 October, concerns were raised that the man could have suffered an injury.

A Home Office post-mortem examination was subsequently carried out on Saturday 24 October and while the result was inconclusive, an unlawful injury cannot be ruled-out.

Detectives from the Norfolk and Suffolk Major Investigation Team launched a murder inquiry and are now working to establish the circumstances surrounding the man’s death.

Pending formal inquest proceedings, the deceased has been provisionally identified as Leslie Smith.

Two people, a 38-year-old man and a 37-year-old woman, were arrested this morning in connection with the incident. Both have been arrested on suspicion of murder and remain in custody at WymondhamPolice Investigation Centre where they will be questioned by detectives.

Senior Investigating Officer Chris Burgess said: “We have a team of detectives and staff working on this case to establish how this man has died. The team are working through CCTV, forensic, witness and house to house enquiries to build this picture.

“The victim’s next-of-kin have been identified and were informed yesterday (Monday 25 October) and I would take this opportunity to urge anyone who lives in the area and may have information that could help our investigation to come forward.”

Police were called to an address in Suffolk Square in the afternoon of Sunday 17 October by neighbours reporting welfare concerns. Officers attended and discovered the body of a man inside the property. Enquiries were carried out at the scene and the death was treated as unexplained but at that time not believed to be suspicious.

Anyone with information should contact the Norfolk and Suffolk Major Investigation Team on 101or alternatively call Crimestoppersanonymously on 08000 555 111.