Murder probe: Woman's love for victim

A WOMAN today told how a dying man pleaded for help shortly after being fatally stabbed in Stowupland.A murder inquiry began shortly before 3am today after the victim, who is believed to be aged 21, died at a block of flats.

A WOMAN today told how a dying man pleaded for help shortly after being fatally stabbed in Stowupland.

A murder inquiry began just before 3am today after the victim, who is believed to be aged 21, died at a block of flats.

Police arrested a 26-year-old on suspicion of murder in Stowmarket after the victim lost his fight for life following what is said to have begun as a domestic dispute in Trinity Walk, Stowupland.

A woman, who lives in the next block of flats to the one where the man was fatally injured, said: “It was about 2.30am and a couple were rowing. I could hear screaming.

“The man who was stabbed had already banged on my door asking me to help him. He was saying 'call an ambulance I've been stabbed'.

“Because I am living on my own and I have a young daughter I was wary about opening the door, but my neighbour opened the door to him and called an ambulance.

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“He died opposite my flat in the communal area. The woman was with him as he lay dying and she kept saying 'I love you'. It looked like he had been stabbed and the woman also had facial injuries.

“It was very frightening”

A man was said to have been seen fleeing the flats after the stabbing.

Other residents also heard screaming around the time of the incident.

Daphne Diaper, who lives in Trinity Walk, said: “I heard was a girl screaming. I was in bed. It was 2.50am.

Another resident said his girlfriend also heard screams.

This morning scene of crime officers were at Trinity Walk looking for forensic clues.

Police said they were alerted to the man's death by the ambulance service.

The 26-year-old murder suspect, who is from the Stowmarket area, was later arrested in a small road off Stowupland Road near the Charles Industrial Estate, Stowmarket.

He was taken into custody, where he was being quizzed today.

An eye witness to the arrest said: “At around 3.20am I heard shouting outside and I looked out of my window and saw police arresting a man.

“There was only one police car there at that point. I could hear the police shouting, telling the man to put his hands on his head.

“The road was closed almost straight away after that and more police cars arrived to maintain the cordon.

“I went out to ask police what was going on but they just said 'something serious'.”

The man said he also saw a police dog in the area.

A spokesman for Suffolk police said they were requested by the ambulance service to attend Trinity Walk at 2.52am.

The B1113 and B1115 roads around the estate were immediately sealed off.

They were likely to be closed for most of the day.

Two road blocks were in place about 100 yards apart, one at the entrance to the industrial estate, the other just around the corner from it.

Police said there was access to the industrial estate from the Stowmarket side, but not from the Stowupland end.

The police spokesman said: “Shortly before 3am in Stowmarket an inquiry commenced following the discovery of the body of a male.

“In relation to that incident another man is in police custody.

“The B1115 road in the area of Charles Industrial Estate will remain closed for several hours.”

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