Police investigate drugs link in Norwich car park murder probe
Detectives working on a murder inquiry following the death of a man attacked in a Norwich car park are investigating the possibility it was linked to a drugs turf war.
Norfolk police launched a murder investigation yesterday after a 54-year-old man died at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital in the early hours. He had been fighting for his life since being attacked in the Rose Lane car park at about 1.30am on Thursday.
The victim has not yet been identified but it is believed he was originally from Portugal and was known locally as “Albi”. He lived in Parmentergate Court, off King Street, which overlooks the car park. A woman, thought to be his wife, suffered facial injuries in the attack.
It is believed that a group of people from out of town had been staying at their flat in recent weeks.
Residents were tight-lipped yesterday. One said: “We all know who he is but we don’t like people sticking their nose in.”
The area is known to have a drug problem and yesterday residents said the attack may have been drug-related.
“You get a lot of people taking and selling drugs in this area. You also get groups from outside of Norwich coming in and wanting to take over,” a resident said.
“Occasionally that ends in trouble and from what I’ve heard that is what happened this time.”
The drugs link is one of a number of possibilities being investigated by the Norfolk and Suffolk major investigation team.
Det Chief Insp Neil Luckett said: “This investigation is in its early stages and identifying the motive for the attack is a key line of enquiry.
“At this time I retain an open mind about why this attack took place. I need anyone with any information about what happened in the early hours of last Thursday in Rose Lane and why it happened to contact the enquiry team as matter of urgency”.
A post-mortem was underway yesterday to establish the cause of death. The victim will be formally identified once this is complete.
Two men aged 19 and 21 from the London area and two women aged 33 and 49 from the Norwich area have been arrested in connection with the incident and released on police bail pending further enquiries.
Police are appealing for anyone who witnessed the incident to come forward. Anyone with information should contact detectives on 0845 4564567 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.