Mystery after Needham stabbing

DETECTIVES are trying to discover how a man died from stab wounds at a house in Needham Market.Police arrived at a bungalow in Ludbrook Close shortly after 6am after screams were heard coming from the property.

DETECTIVES are trying to discover how a man died from stab wounds at a house in Needham Market today.

Police arrived at a bungalow in Ludbrook Close shortly after 6am after screams were heard coming from the property.

One resident of the Needham Market cul-de-sac told how he had been awoken by banging on the bungalow's door.

The pounding was followed by the screams of a pensioner as she fled from her home with her hair soaked in blood.

A spokesman for Suffolk police said when officers arrived, they found a man with stab wounds and an elderly woman with a head injury.

The man, who is believed to have sustained fatal injuries to his chest, had died by the time officers arrived at the scene. His body was found in the back garden of the compact semi-detached property.

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Clearly visible today was a gaping hole in a panel of glass on the wooden front door, at the side of the house.

Spots of blood could be seen on the door below where the window had been shattered.

Neighbours said OAP Florence Weston lived at the bungalow along with her son, Christopher, who is believed to be in his mid 30s.

Residents in the cul-de-sac said Mrs Weston, who is of Irish descent, has lived at the property for well over five years, although no one seemed to know exactly when she and her son moved in.

One of Mrs Weston's neighbours told how he heard a woman shrieking in the house after he was awoken bang a disturbance around 6am.

Brian Scott said: "The son was banging on the door this morning saying 'Let me in' and then all of a sudden there was a smash. Then I just heard the lady screaming.

"Next minute police were there and she was running out of the house. She had blood in her hair and on her clothes. And he shouted 'They (the police) won't help you'."

Police believe shortly before the commotion the deceased man had been driving a red Vauxhall van on the old A45 from Stowmarket to Needham Market, but stopped the vehicle at Badley Hill around 5.55am.

He then got out to walk back towards Ludbrook Close, causing the driver of a black Renault Clio to swerve to avoid hitting him. The car overturned, but the driver was not seriously injured.

The police inquiry into the death of the man found at the bungalow – who is believed to be in his 30s – is being headed by detective superintendent Roy Lambert.

He said: "It is far too early to say anything at this stage. We are still trying to piece things together."

It is believed Mrs Weston has close relative who lives in the area and officers were today speaking to the OAP's family to break the news of the tragedy and to find out information, which would shed light on the man's death.

A spokesman for the East Anglian Ambulance Trust said one of its crews was despatched to Ludbrook Close after being called in by police at 6.21am.

Paramedics spent almost an hour at the couple's home treating the woman.

She was taken to Ipswich Hospital, where she arrived for further treatment just before 7.50am.

A police spokesman said they were unable to comment on her condition in Ipswich Hospital.

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