Lowestoft DI appeals for information

POLICE are issuing a further appeal for information on behalf of the coroner following the sudden death of a 16-year-old boy from Leiston.Officers were contacted at 6.

POLICE are issuing a further appeal for information on behalf of the coroner following the sudden death of a 16-year-old boy from Leiston.

Officers were contacted at 6.30am on Saturday, February 14 by the ambulance service, which had attended a property in Arnhem Road, Leiston where 16-year-old Makiebien Stappard had been found unconscious. He was taken to Ipswich Hospital where he was pronounced dead later that day.

Police are not treating the death as suspicious but are still making enquiries to establish Makiebien's movements on the evening of Friday, February 13 especially after 8.30pm.

Detective Inspector Terry Jones of the Lowestoft Victim Care Centre said: 'This is a very difficult time for Makiebien's family. Not only do they have to come to terms with Makiebien's unexpected death but not knowing where or whom he was with during the latter part of Friday, February 13 and in to Saturday, February 14 is extremely distressing for them.


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'I must stress that we are not treating Makiebien's death as suspicious but we are very keen to speak to anybody who can help with our enquiry so that we can offer Makiebien's family some peace of mind.

'Makiebien was very well known locally and I am sure that someone will have the answers we are looking for but may assume we already know them.'

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Officers would like to hear from anyone who may have seen Makiebien in the 24 hours before he died, to build a picture of where he was during the evening and what he did.

If you were with him or saw him, particularly on the evening of Friday, February 13, police need to speak to you. All information received will be treated in the strictest confidence.

If you can help, please call Detective Inspector Terry Jones on 01473 613500.

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