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Murder probe launched following attack

PUBLISHED: 08:08 05 December 2008 | UPDATED: 09:31 11 May 2010

Police at the scene of the attack. Picture: ANDY DARNELL

Police at the scene of the attack. Picture: ANDY DARNELL

A MURDER investigation was launched last night after a 55-year-old man died in hospital following an attack in Lowestoft.

Two people have been arrested in connection with the death of the man, who was found after being assaulted in London Road South, at 10.

A MURDER investigation was launched last night after a 55-year-old man died in hospital following an attack in Lowestoft.

Two people have been arrested in connection with the death of the man, who was found after being assaulted in London Road South, at 10.25pm, on Wednesday.

Last night, a 22-year-old man and a 16-year-old youth were arrested in Lowestoft on suspicion of murder and are in custody at Lowestoft and Ipswich police stations.

The victim, who is believed to be from the area, was found after police responded to reports that a man had been assaulted in the alleyway near the Royal Court Hotel, which stands between the KFC drive-through and the Kirkley Centre.

He was taken to the James Paget University Hospital, in Gorleston, with serious head injuries but a police spokesman confirmed late last night that he had died.

A post-mortem examination is due to be carried out today by a Home Office pathologist.

Business owners in Kirkley spoke out yesterday on their fears about violence in the area.

David Dann, of Collectors' Corner, said: “I've come to expect it because people have seen groups targeting vulnerable-looking people. It's increasing, especially since the clocks went back and it's darker earlier.”

Alan Hyde, of Mr Bumble's Café, said: “I'm 6ft 3in and 17 stone but I wouldn't go out after 10pm. I've been here for 11 years and it's got worse, despite efforts to make it look nicer.”

But Andrew McMeekin, owner of hair salon Robert Owen and vice- chairman of the Kirkley Business Association, believed that the area was improving and that businesses' work with the police was making a difference.

“I think it is an unfortunate one-off incident,” he said. “Overall, it has been much better. I think there are one or two pockets of unruly residents, but in general there is an upturn.”

Anyone with information about the attack can contact officers on 01473 613500.

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