Village in shock after killing

A QUIET Suffolk village is in shock following the killing of an Ipswich man.Villagers in Stowupland say they cannot remember anything like the dramatic scenes which saw roads cordoned off and a mobile incident room set up, happening before in the sleepy village.

A QUIET Suffolk village is in shock following the killing of an Ipswich man.

Villagers in Stowupland say they cannot remember anything like the dramatic scenes which saw roads cordoned off and a mobile incident room set up, happening before in the sleepy village.

On Monday residents of Trinity Walk woke to chaos after a man was stabbed to death in the early hours of the morning.

Kieran Botterill , 26, of Soames Close in Stowmarket is due to face magistrates in Sudbury today charged with the murder of 21-year-old Zak Hockley-Brown.

Mr Hockley-Brown, of Woodbridge Road, Ipswich, was found dead by paramedics after they were called to a domestic disturbance in Trinity Walk shortly before 3am.

Botterill was arrested nearby shortly afterwards.

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Yesterday the quiet residential road was swarmed by police officers and forensic experts carrying out investigations and door to door enquiries.

This morning the scene was much quieter with just a lone officer on guard outside the house where the dead man was stabbed.

A council clean up crew arrived at the flat which has been empty since the incident at around 8.30am.

Claire Watkins of nearby Columbyne Close, said: “I was stopped by police as I was walking my daughter to school. “Everyone uses Trinity Walk to cut through but it was closed off. It is shocking because things like this just do not happen around here.

“It is a very small village and you don't hear about this sort of thing going on.”

At the village post office a member of staff who did not wish to give her name said that the killing was the talk of the village and another resident of Trinity Walk who did not want to be named said: “A lot of people, particularly the older ones, are very worried but although I was shocked at first I do not think there is a real cause to be concerned. It seems like it was a domestic incident and hopefully the police have got it in hand.

“There has certainly been an atmosphere in the village, however, since this happened.”

n. Did you know the victim and want to pay tribute? Contact The Evening Star news desk on 01473 324788 or email starnews@eveningstar.co.uk

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