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Fresh appeal one year after Eye murder

PUBLISHED: 12:19 23 August 2010 | UPDATED: 09:20 16 September 2010

Richard Clarke who was found collapsed on his driveway in Eye last year.

Richard Clarke who was found collapsed on his driveway in Eye last year.

Detectives have made a fresh appeal for information - 12 months after the murder of a north Suffolk pensioner.

Retired thatcher Richard Clarke died after being found collapsed on his driveway in Eye on Saturday August 22 last year.

Detectives have made a fresh appeal for information - 12 months after the murder of a north Suffolk pensioner.

Retired thatcher Richard Clarke died after being found collapsed on his driveway in Eye on Saturday August 22 last year.

A murder investigation was launched after it was established that the 73-year-old had suffered a head injury.

Detectives from the Norfolk and Suffolk Joint Major Investigation Team (MIT) believe that Mr Clarke was the victim of an assault which resulted in him receiving his injuries in Cranley Green Road.

To date the investigation has not been able to establish any motive for the attack, and detectives are reappealing for witnesses to come forward.

Det Chief Insp Neil Luckett said: “A lot of hard work has been put into this investigation and it is frustrating for the team, and Mr Clarke's family, that a year on we still do not know who assaulted him and why.

“The inquiry continues to focus on the community in Eye, and I am confident that someone in the area holds the key piece of information which will help solve this murder investigation and bring some closure to his family following a difficult year.”

On the afternoon of Friday August 21 2009, Mr Clarke went to The Horseshoes Public House in Billingford and left in a taxi. He stopped to pick up a Chinese meal in Eye at about 7pm and he arrived at his home, Park Dale, at about 7.15 pm.

A witness saw a man, believed to be Mr Clarke, apparently sat in his driveway holding his head just after 8pm. The next time he was seen was when he was discovered seriously injured in the early hours of August 22.

Det Chief Insp Luckett added: “I want to hear from anyone who was in the area of Park Dale on the evening of Friday August 21 2009. Whilst on the southern edge of Eye, this part of the town would have been reasonably busy with dog walkers, anglers who use the local lakes and other passing traffic along the B1077. I also want to hear from anyone who may have any information about what happened to Richard Clarke that weekend.”

“These types of offences are extremely rare in Suffolk and it is only with the support of the public that police can gather sufficient information to solve these types of serious crimes.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Suffolk Police on 01473 613500.


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