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Quiet community in shock after man stabbed to death

PUBLISHED: 07:52 09 July 2018 | UPDATED: 10:48 09 July 2018

Police cordon off roads around Bentley Drive and Underwood Close in Lowestoft whilst investigations take place following a stabbing in the area.
Picture shows Bentley Drive.
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2018

Police cordon off roads around Bentley Drive and Underwood Close in Lowestoft whilst investigations take place following a stabbing in the area. Picture shows Bentley Drive. Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2018

Archant 2017

Detectives are continuing to quiz a 23-year-old suspect after a man was stabbed to death in Lowestoft.

Police cordon off roads around Bentley Drive and Underwood Close in Lowestoft whilst investigations take place following a stabbing in the area.
Picture shows Bentley Drive.
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2018Police cordon off roads around Bentley Drive and Underwood Close in Lowestoft whilst investigations take place following a stabbing in the area. Picture shows Bentley Drive. Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2018

Police were called to Underwood Close in the town at 11.14pm on Saturday after reports that a 28-year-old man had serious injuries.

The victim was treated by emergency services at the scene for stab wounds before being transferred to James Paget Hospital in Gorleston where he later died.

The man from Lowestoft was arrested in the town on suspicion of murder. He is being questioned at Great Yarmouth Police Investigation Centre.

On Sunday night, police confirmed a superintendent’s extension had been secured to keep him in custody for a further 12 hours.

Police cordon off roads around Bentley Drive and Underwood Close in Lowestoft whilst investigations take place following a stabbing in the area. Picture shows Underwood Close.
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2018Police cordon off roads around Bentley Drive and Underwood Close in Lowestoft whilst investigations take place following a stabbing in the area. Picture shows Underwood Close. Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2018

Detectives believe it was a targeted attack. The victim’s relatives have been informed.

The quiet area has been left in shock.

A police cordon is in place on Bentley Drive from Rodber Way to Quinnell Way, with three police officers and three vehicles positioned around its perimeter.

A forensic van is also at the scene.

Police cordon off roads around Bentley Drive and Underwood Close in Lowestoft whilst investigations take place following a stabbing in the area. Picture shows Underwood Close.
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2018Police cordon off roads around Bentley Drive and Underwood Close in Lowestoft whilst investigations take place following a stabbing in the area. Picture shows Underwood Close. Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2018

Dawn Faulkner, who has lived in Rodber Way for seven years, said she used to work with the mother of the man who was killed.

She said: “It’s just awful. He was her everything.

“I first heard about it at 2.20am last night because my daughter called me saying she couldn’t get home because the police had taped everywhere off.

“They were telling people to find alternative accommodation because they were doing forensics.

Police cordon off roads around Bentley Drive and Underwood Close in Lowestoft whilst investigations take place following a stabbing in the area. Picture shows Underwood Close. Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2018Police cordon off roads around Bentley Drive and Underwood Close in Lowestoft whilst investigations take place following a stabbing in the area. Picture shows Underwood Close. Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2018

“There were no diversions signs in place but I managed to find a way to get her. There were lots of people waiting around at the roundabout, not knowing what to do, having probably spent all their money on taxis and a big day of football.

“You never see a soul around here usually. It’s the quietest place I’ve ever lived.”

A woman who has lived in nearby Aspen Coppice for 15 years said she assumed there had been a car crash.

She said: “I was trying to get through to go to Tesco but when I saw the tape I thought someone must have crashed.

Police cordon off roads around Bentley Drive and Underwood Close in Lowestoft whilst investigations take place following a stabbing in the area.
Picture shows Bentley Drive.
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2018Police cordon off roads around Bentley Drive and Underwood Close in Lowestoft whilst investigations take place following a stabbing in the area. Picture shows Bentley Drive. Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2018

“Now I’m hearing there was a murder. Normally this is a very, very quiet area. The neighbours are all very kind as it is a safe place to live.”

Det Chief Insp Mike Brown said: “While an arrest has been made we are continuing to make a number of enquiries and this remains a live and active investigation. I would urge anyone who has any information which may be of help to call us.”

Members of the public can expect to see an increased police presence in the area during the day as enquiries into the circumstances of the man’s death continue.

Officers want to hear from anyone who may have seen the attack or may have been in the area at the time, in particular those with dash cam footage or may have information about it.

Police cordon off roads around Bentley Drive and Underwood Close in Lowestoft whilst investigations take place following a stabbing in the area.
Picture shows Bentley Drive.
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2018Police cordon off roads around Bentley Drive and Underwood Close in Lowestoft whilst investigations take place following a stabbing in the area. Picture shows Bentley Drive. Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2018

Any witnesses are asked to contact Norfolk and Suffolk Major Investigations Team on 101 quoting Operation Ardwick or investigation reference 37/37772/18. Alternatively, people can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers 100pc anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via their Anonymous Online Form at crimestoppers-uk.org.

Police cordon off roads around Bentley Drive and Underwood Close in Lowestoft whilst investigations take place following a stabbing in the area.
Picture shows Bentley Drive.
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2018Police cordon off roads around Bentley Drive and Underwood Close in Lowestoft whilst investigations take place following a stabbing in the area. Picture shows Bentley Drive. Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2018

Police cordon off roads around Bentley Drive and Underwood Close in Lowestoft whilst investigations take place following a stabbing in the area.
Picture shows Bentley Drive.
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2018Police cordon off roads around Bentley Drive and Underwood Close in Lowestoft whilst investigations take place following a stabbing in the area. Picture shows Bentley Drive. Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2018

Police cordon off roads around Bentley Drive and Underwood Close in Lowestoft whilst investigations take place following a stabbing in the area.
Picture shows Bentley Drive.
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2018Police cordon off roads around Bentley Drive and Underwood Close in Lowestoft whilst investigations take place following a stabbing in the area. Picture shows Bentley Drive. Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2018

Police cordon off roads around Bentley Drive and Underwood Close in Lowestoft whilst investigations take place following a stabbing in the area.
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2018Police cordon off roads around Bentley Drive and Underwood Close in Lowestoft whilst investigations take place following a stabbing in the area. Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2018

The area in Lowestoft that has been cordoned off by police while investigations are carried out. Photo: Jacob MasseyThe area in Lowestoft that has been cordoned off by police while investigations are carried out. Photo: Jacob Massey

The area in Lowestoft that has been cordoned off by police while investigations are carried out. Photo: Jacob MasseyThe area in Lowestoft that has been cordoned off by police while investigations are carried out. Photo: Jacob Massey

The area in Lowestoft that has been cordoned off by police while investigations are carried out. Photo: Jacob MasseyThe area in Lowestoft that has been cordoned off by police while investigations are carried out. Photo: Jacob Massey

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