We’ll nail killer, but won’t be pressured into laying charges

Chief Constable Stephen Kavanagh

Chief Constable Stephen Kavanagh

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ESSEX’S top police officer said detectives investigating the brutal murder of Jim Attfield will not be pressurised into charging suspects.

In an exclusive interview with the Gazette, Chief Constable Stephen Kavanagh admitted the murder was among the worst he had seen in 29 years as an officer.

But he believes the murderer will be found – and is committed to using as many of the county’s police resources as necessary to ensure justice is done.

Mr Attfield, 33, of East Bay, Colchester, was stabbed 102 times. He was found near Colchester’s Castle Park on March 29.

Essex County Standard: Police urge two people seen on CCTV to help over the murder of James Attfield, found dead with more than 100 stab wounds in Colchester (Essex Police/PA)

                                                 Jim Attfield

Mr Kavanagh said: “The violence used, and the fact no-one has been charged, rightly mean we have to put all our efforts to finding out who is responsible.

“I was a homicide senior investigating officer for three years and for more than 50 murders and what the family need, and what the people of Colchester need, and my officers need, is calm leadership.

"They need to work through their lines of inquiry and don’t start to get silly pressures that cause them to leap to assumptions to try to just get a charge.”

Police are desperate to speak to more than ten potential witnesses after the stabbing.

Although BBC TV’s Crimewatch appeal prompted many people pictured by CCTV to come forward, officers still want to hear from eight men, plus a woman and a man and a woman. The latter were on a park bench, possibly opposite Mr Attfield, who was sitting on the grass.

Anyone with information should contact Essex Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Read the full report in today's Gazette.

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9:32am Tue 6 May 14

totallyfootball says...

How did he ever get this job, fills the general public with a void in the confidence department?
How did he ever get this job, fills the general public with a void in the confidence department? totallyfootball
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10:19am Tue 6 May 14

creditcrunch2010 says...

What I can not understand is why the photos of these people in the CCTV are not plastered over Facebook and Twitter. These days its the quickest way to get faces in front of hundreds of people. Come on sort it out and post a single photo with all the people shown and get the photo in front of people who surely help identify them.
What I can not understand is why the photos of these people in the CCTV are not plastered over Facebook and Twitter. These days its the quickest way to get faces in front of hundreds of people. Come on sort it out and post a single photo with all the people shown and get the photo in front of people who surely help identify them. creditcrunch2010
  • Score: 14

11:12am Tue 6 May 14

James 1 says...

The CC's comment about not being pressurised into charging suspects is rather a banal thing to come out with. No suspect could be charged without compelling evidence and the CPS will soon make their views known if that were to happen.
Is it really necessary to bring "americanism's" into things?. 'homicide' being one.
Lastly, two accidents involving speeding police cars this week end. One in Essex, one in London. People with serious injuries. In my view, it is better that crims escape than members of the public are injured or worse. If officers wish to dice with death that is their decision.
The CC's comment about not being pressurised into charging suspects is rather a banal thing to come out with. No suspect could be charged without compelling evidence and the CPS will soon make their views known if that were to happen. Is it really necessary to bring "americanism's" into things?. 'homicide' being one. Lastly, two accidents involving speeding police cars this week end. One in Essex, one in London. People with serious injuries. In my view, it is better that crims escape than members of the public are injured or worse. If officers wish to dice with death that is their decision. James 1
  • Score: 1

11:18am Tue 6 May 14

TheBrotherhoodOfTheBell says...

Well said CC kavanagh ! ! ! ! Sir !
Gordon Jackson as Cowley could not have put it better.
he above comments contraindicating your remarks are banal and unproductive.
Well said CC kavanagh ! ! ! ! Sir ! Gordon Jackson as Cowley could not have put it better. he above comments contraindicating your remarks are banal and unproductive. TheBrotherhoodOfTheBell
  • Score: -3

1:20pm Tue 6 May 14

romantic says...

creditcrunch2010 wrote:
What I can not understand is why the photos of these people in the CCTV are not plastered over Facebook and Twitter. These days its the quickest way to get faces in front of hundreds of people. Come on sort it out and post a single photo with all the people shown and get the photo in front of people who surely help identify them.
Fair point. Lots of people never look at the Gazette, and probably do not watch Crimewatch. These people may still have no idea that they are even on these images. Get the images onto Facebook, and hopefully they will quickly be seen by these people and they can come forward.

But I would also query whether they are walking in a direction that would end up at the murder scene. There are a number of ways to get there - across the bridge from Leisure World, from the direction of East Street, from Riverside Estate, from the path that goes down from the folly. The people on the CCTV images are most likely going from town down towards the station area or Cowdray Avenue. The ones walking away from the camera could be heading up the folly, but could also be heading into the town centre. They may not even realise they are pictured if they left a nightclub or pub in town, went nowhere near the River Lodge or the riverside path and ended up around north station.

As somebody who follows the news closely, locally and worldwide, it's sad to me that many people have no idea of events, but the sad truth is lots of people will have seen nothing of this story apart from the vague knowledge that there was a murder.

Get it onto Facebook and Twitter, that is where youngsters see stuff now.
[quote][p][bold]creditcrunch2010[/bold] wrote: What I can not understand is why the photos of these people in the CCTV are not plastered over Facebook and Twitter. These days its the quickest way to get faces in front of hundreds of people. Come on sort it out and post a single photo with all the people shown and get the photo in front of people who surely help identify them.[/p][/quote]Fair point. Lots of people never look at the Gazette, and probably do not watch Crimewatch. These people may still have no idea that they are even on these images. Get the images onto Facebook, and hopefully they will quickly be seen by these people and they can come forward. But I would also query whether they are walking in a direction that would end up at the murder scene. There are a number of ways to get there - across the bridge from Leisure World, from the direction of East Street, from Riverside Estate, from the path that goes down from the folly. The people on the CCTV images are most likely going from town down towards the station area or Cowdray Avenue. The ones walking away from the camera could be heading up the folly, but could also be heading into the town centre. They may not even realise they are pictured if they left a nightclub or pub in town, went nowhere near the River Lodge or the riverside path and ended up around north station. As somebody who follows the news closely, locally and worldwide, it's sad to me that many people have no idea of events, but the sad truth is lots of people will have seen nothing of this story apart from the vague knowledge that there was a murder. Get it onto Facebook and Twitter, that is where youngsters see stuff now. romantic
  • Score: 3

1:40pm Tue 6 May 14

Mr Honest says...

The pictures have been on Facebook and Twitter so not sure why you guys are talking nonsense? The fact of the matter is, the pictures are of poor quality and almost impossible to recognise anyone. The police seem obsessed with these pictures but Jim was found near the bridge to Leisure World so the killer could have come from Cowdray Avenue or Riverside and not gone anywhere near middle mill where the CCTV was taken. Did nobody hear any screaming that night? Did nobody notice somebody in a blood drenched shirt or with out a top on at all that night? Essex Police need to do Some proper detective work and find a motive.
The pictures have been on Facebook and Twitter so not sure why you guys are talking nonsense? The fact of the matter is, the pictures are of poor quality and almost impossible to recognise anyone. The police seem obsessed with these pictures but Jim was found near the bridge to Leisure World so the killer could have come from Cowdray Avenue or Riverside and not gone anywhere near middle mill where the CCTV was taken. Did nobody hear any screaming that night? Did nobody notice somebody in a blood drenched shirt or with out a top on at all that night? Essex Police need to do Some proper detective work and find a motive. Mr Honest
  • Score: 7

10:17pm Tue 6 May 14

JohnStang says...

I hope they find the person who did it, but really looks bleak.
I hope they find the person who did it, but really looks bleak. JohnStang
  • Score: 0

7:07am Wed 7 May 14

MaryPoppins87 says...

It's really very sad that in this day and age there isn't better CCTV
It's really very sad that in this day and age there isn't better CCTV MaryPoppins87
  • Score: 0

9:43am Wed 7 May 14

totallyfootball says...

MaryPoppins87 wrote:
It's really very sad that in this day and age there isn't better CCTV
Considering what it costs its a rip off!
[quote][p][bold]MaryPoppins87[/bold] wrote: It's really very sad that in this day and age there isn't better CCTV[/p][/quote]Considering what it costs its a rip off! totallyfootball
  • Score: 1

5:22pm Wed 7 May 14

stevedawson says...

102 stab wounds.we are not looking for person the murderer is a maniacal monster.
102 stab wounds.we are not looking for person the murderer is a maniacal monster. stevedawson
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