MP criticises Police over murder site

Colchester MP Sir Bob Russell has criticised Essex Police for wrongly describing the location of the brutal murder in March this year of Mr James Attfield.  Sir Bob said that by giving the wrong description it had not only given a misleading message to the public in the search for witnesses but it had also given a false impression about the award-winning Colchester Castle Park.

At the weekend Essex Police issued a new appeal, with a poster, which said that the murder had occurred "in Lower Castle Park" - but Sir Bob, who lives in that area of Colchester, said that the description was wrong.

"Mr Attfield was not murdered IN Castle Park, he was killed NEAR the Castle Park.

"There is a major difference in the two descriptions, and it deeply concerns me that Essex Police have constantly given the wrong geographic description."

Sir Bob said that Essex Police had also incorrectly referred to potential witnesses sitting on a bench near a "lake in Castle Park close to Guildford Road" - but the only lake in Castle Park is the boating lake near Middle Mill Road whereas the lake the Police are referring to is elsewhere…..several hundred yards away but not in Castle Park!

He further pointed out that the gates to Castle Park, both the Upper and Lower areas, are locked at night whereas the scene of the brutal murder of Mr Attfield had taken place on 24-hour accessible public open space to the east of Lower Castle Park.

"I would have thought it somewhat elementary that the Police would give a 100 per cent precise and accurate description of where the murder took place. They have not done so.

"I want the public to help the Police trace the murderer or murderers, but it would be helpful if in seeking the help of the public the Police gave the correct details of the murder location."

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