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Missing Great Yarmouth man feared murdered

PUBLISHED: 11:13 19 November 2009 | UPDATED: 15:19 06 July 2010

Derick Tempest - feared murdered

Derick Tempest - feared murdered

Anthony Carroll

Police investigating the disappearance of 30 year old Great Yarmouth man Derick Tempest said this morning they suspect he has been murdered.

Mr Tempest, a father of three, was last seen at about 4pm on Wednesday, 28 October in the Blackfriars Road area of Yarmouth.

Police investigating the disappearance of 30 year old Great Yarmouth man Derick Tempest said this morning they suspect he has been murdered.

Mr Tempest, a father of three, was last seen at about 4pm on Wednesday, 28 October in the Blackfriars Road area of Yarmouth.

Detectives have been investigating the relationship between Mr Tempest and the owners of a garage at Camden Place, Yarmouth where the bodies of James Hall, 60, and Andrew Ventham, 49, both of Queen's Road, were discovered on Monday, November 2.

Their deaths are being treated as unexplained but are not believed to be suspicious.

Forensic examinations have been carried out at the garage and experts have discovered evidence which suggests that Mr Tempest may have come to serious harm there.

Because of this new evidence police said today that the disappearance of Mr Tempest is now being investigated as a suspected murder.

As part of murder investigation, officers want to trace the movements of a white van with the registration T625 HJW.

The van was used by Mr Hall and Mr Ventham and was seen to leave the Queen's Road area at around 7pm on the evening of Wednesday 28 October.

Mr Tempest's family issued this statement today: “We are obviously very shocked and upset by this latest news.

“We now have to come to terms with the loss of a much loved son, partner and father and would like time to come to terms with what has happened.

“We would urge anyone with information to come forward and help police with their investigation.

Police 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, October 28.

Officers 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.

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


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