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Trial date set for man accused of murder

A 63-year-old man accused of murdering a man in Norwich is due to go on trial on 7 September 2022.

Stephen Grimwood, of Shipfield, Norwich, was due to appear at Norwich Magistrates Court today (16 May 2022) after being charged with the murder of 58-year-old Mark Franklin.

It follows an incident in Appleyard Crescent on Friday 29 April 2022, when officers were called to reports of a sudden death. A Home Office post-mortem examination later established that the victim died as a result of serious head wounds.

Grimwood refused to appear in court and in his absence, was further remanded in custody with a provisional trial date set for 7 September 2022.

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Investigations continue into murder of man in Norwich 2/5/22
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A man found dead at a property in Norwich has been provisionally identified by police as Mark Franklin.

Police are appealing for information after detectives from the Joint Major Investigation Team formally opened a murder enquiry following the results of a Home Office Post Mortem examination on Sunday (1 May 2022) which showed the victim died from serious head wounds. The investigation follows reports of a sudden death at a property in Appleyard Crescent, Norwich, on Friday evening at around 9.30pm (29 April 2022).

Pending formal Coroner’s inquest proceedings, police have provisionally identified the body of the deceased as Mark Franklin, 58 and from Norwich. His next of kin have been informed.

A man in his 60s, who was arrested in connection with the death, has been released on bail until Friday 27 May 2022 while further investigations take place.

Both the Appleyard Crescent address, and another in Shipfield, remain cordoned off while further enquiries are carried out and officers work to establish the circumstances surrounding the death.

Detectives are appealing for any witnesses who may have seen or heard any suspicious activity in the Appleyard Crescent area to come forward.

Anyone with any information should contact Norfolk Police on 101, quoting cad number 339 of Friday 29 April.

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Murder enquiry opened following Norwich death 1/4/2022
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Detectives from the Joint Major Investigation Team have formally opened a murder enquiry after receiving the results of Home Office Post Mortem following a sudden death at a property in Norwich on Friday evening (29 April 2022).

Officers attended an address in Appleyard Crescent around 9.30pm after concerns were raised for the welfare of a man. The body of a man in his 50s was found inside.

The results of the Home Office Post Mortem, which took place today (Sunday 1 May 2022), showed the victim died from serious head wounds and detectives are now treating his death as murder.

A man in his 60s, arrested in connection with the death, has been released on bail until Friday 27 May 2022 while further investigations take place.

Both the Appleyard Crescent address, and another in Shipfield, remain cordoned off while further enquiries are carried out and officers work to establish the circumstances surrounding the death.

Detectives are appealing for any witnesses who may have seen or heard any suspicious activity in the Appleyard Crescent area to come forward.

Anyone with any information should contact Norfolk Police on 101, quoting cad number 339 of Friday 29 April.

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Man charged in connection with murder - Norwich
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A 63-year-old man has been charged with murder in connection with the death of a man in Norwich.

Officers were called to a property in Appleyard Crescent at around 9.30pm on Friday 29 April 2022, following reports of a sudden death. A Home Office post-mortem examination held on Sunday 1 May 2022 established that the victim died as a result of serious head wounds.

Pending formal Coroner’s inquest proceedings, police have provisionally identified the deceased as Mark Franklin, aged 58 and from Norwich.

A man aged in his 60s, who was arrested in connection with the incident, was later released on police bail. He was re-arrested yesterday morning (Wednesday 11 May).

Stephen Grimwood, aged 63 and of Shipfield in Norwich has today (Thursday 12 May) been charged with murder in connection with the incident.

He is due to appear at Norwich Magistrates Court tomorrow (Friday 13 May 2022).

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Norwich murder investigation update - witness appeal portal launched
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Detectives from the joint major investigation team have launched an investigation portal as they continue to appeal for information in relation to the death of 58-year-old Mark Franklin in Norwich last week.

Police were called following reports of a sudden death at a property in Appleyard Crescent, Norwich, on Friday 29 April 2022 at around 9.30pm.

A Home Office Post Mortem examination held on Sunday 1 May 2022 showed the victim died from serious head wounds.

Detective Inspector Lewis Craske at Norfolk Police, who is leading the investigation, says,

“Officers would like to ask anyone who uses or is familiar with Appleyard Crescent in the city to come forward, particularly if they have noticed any suspicious activity involving people or vehicles in the vicinity.

We know that Mr Franklin lived alone and we are keen to build up a picture of his lifestyle, including his friends and acquaintances in the Norwich area or further afield.

We are keen to hear from anyone who may have been in recent contact with Mr Franklin or who may have vital information to help piece together his final movements and to understand his day-to-day life.

Any piece of information, no matter how small, could assist the investigation.”

A man in his 60s, who was arrested in connection with the death, has been released on bail until Friday 27 May 2022 while further investigations take place.

Both the Appleyard Crescent address, and another in Shipfield, remain cordoned off while further enquiries are carried out and officers work to establish the circumstances surrounding the death.

Anyone with any information should visit the investigation portal here:

https://mipp.police.uk/operation/363721O12-PO1

or contact Norfolk Police on 101, quoting cad number 339 of Friday 29 April. Alternatively, please contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via  https://crimestoppers-uk.org/ .

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Norwich unexplained sudden death - witness appeal 30/4/22
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Detectives have launched an investigation after a sudden death at a property in Norwich.

Officers attended at an address in Appleyard Crescent around 9.30pm last night (Friday 29 April) after concerns were raised for the welfare of a man. Police attended the property and discovered the body of a man inside.

Following initial enquiries, a man in his 60s has been arrested in connection with the death and has been taken to Wymondham Police Investigation Centre for questioning.

The death is currently being treated as unexplained and the home has been cordoned off while investigations are carried out and officers work to establish the circumstances surrounding it.

Next of kin have been informed and a Home Office post mortem will be carried out in due course.

Officers are appealing for any witnesses who may have seen or heard any suspicious activity in the area to come forward.

Anyone with any information should contact Norfolk Police on 101 quoting cad number 339 of Friday 29 April.