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Suspected murder: CCTV of white van

PUBLISHED: 11:17 02 December 2009 | UPDATED: 15:49 03 July 2010

POLICE continue to investigate the suspected murder of 30 year old Derick Tempest who was last seen at around 4pm on Wednesday 28 October in the Blackfriars Road area of Great Yarmouth.

POLICE continue to investigate the suspected murder of 30 year old Derick Tempest who was last seen at around 4pm on Wednesday 28 October in the Blackfriars Road area of Great Yarmouth.

It is known that Mr Tempest visited James Hall, 60, and Andrew Ventham, 49 at their garage at Camden Road on that afternoon. Forensic evidence gathered at the premises suggests that Mr Tempest may have come to serious harm there.

The bodies of Mr Hall and Mr Ventham, both of Queens Road, were discovered at the garage on Monday 2 November. Their deaths are being treated as unexplained but are not believed to be suspicious.

Officers are continuing their efforts to trace the movements of a white van, registration T625 HJW. This vehicle was used by the two deceased and was seen to leave the Queens Road area at around 7.05pm on the evening of Wednesday 28 October.

CCTV footage shows the vehicle leaving the Queens Road area and heading onto South Quay.

At around 7.30pm, the vehicle is seen heading out of Great Yarmouth at the Pasteur Road roundabout. Further sightings of the van have been established in and around Great Yarmouth between 7pm and 9pm when the van is believed to have been driven back towards the Blackfriars Road area.

Officers would like to hear from anyone who may have seen the van or has information in relation to its movements on the night of Wednesday 28 October.

DCI Rick Munns said: “It has now been over a month since Derick was last seen in the Blackfriars Road area and we continue to investigate his disappearance as a suspected murder.

“The response to our initial appeal for sightings of the van has been disappointing. By issuing the photos of the van and releasing more specific details of the vehicles movements we hope will help the public to remember if they saw the van at a particular location on the evening of Wednesday 28 October 2009.

“We would also like to hear from anyone who may have met with or been in contact with Mr Hall and Mr Ventham after 7pm on that same evening.”

The vehicle is white/grey in colour has black bars and a distinctive orange 'emergency' style light on the roof as well as black markings across the sides of the roof.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Norfolk Constabulary on 0845 456 4567 or anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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