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New appeal in murder investigation

PUBLISHED: 12:37 31 January 2002 | UPDATED: 15:24 03 March 2010

DETECTIVES are issuing a new appeal as they continue to investigate the murder of Lowestoft pensioner Bernard Thomassen.

Mr Thomassen, aged 76, was found dead at his home in Haward Street, Lowestoft, at 4am on December 8.

DETECTIVES are issuing a new appeal as they continue to investigate the murder of Lowestoft pensioner Bernard Thomassen.

Mr Thomassen, aged 76, was found dead at his home in Haward Street, Lowestoft, at 4am on December 8. He died as a result of multiple injuries following a sustained attack.

An incident room has been set up at Lowestoft Police Station, with a dedicated public telephone number on (01986) 835226. A team of 20 detectives is working on the case.

Now, detectives are asking for the public's help in establishing the whereabouts of the victim in the hours leading up to his death.

Detective Chief Inspector Tim Beach, who is leading the enquiry, said: "Finding out where Bernard was on his last night alive could help us move the enquiry forward.

"We know that Bernard was at home in Haward Street at about 3pm on Friday, December 7.

"However, despite extensive enquiries, we have been unable to establish where he was between that time and the early hours of Saturday, December 8, when he was found dead at his home.

"While we cannot rule out that he remained at home on Friday night, friends and associates of Bernard have told us that he sometimes went out on a Friday night.

"Therefore, we are appealing to anyone who saw Bernard on the night of Friday, December 7, or the early hours of Saturday, December 8, to call us at the incident room."

So far, the incident room has received more than 150 calls from members of the public offering information.

However, the vast majority of these calls came within the first few weeks of the enquiry.

"The flow of information from the public has been slow since the beginning of the New Year," said Det Chief Insp Beach.

"There are two men on police bail in connection with this incident – however, I would like to remind the people of Lowestoft that our investigations are continuing and that they can help us move the enquiry forward."

Anyone with information should ring the incident room on (01986) 835226 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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