Body found in park - Update

Update 11.20pm 17 November 2012
 
A man and a woman have been charged with murder following the death of Christopher Thompson in Chantry Park in Ipswich.
 
Christopher Wilson, 33, and Deanna Stanton, 26, both of no fixed abode, were arrested yesterday, Friday 16, after Mr Thompson's body was found in the park on Thursday morning, 15 November.
 
Both were taken into custody at Martlesham Police Investigation Centre where they were interviewed by detectives in connection with his death.
 
This evening, Saturday 17, the Crown Prosecution Service have authorised police to charge them both with murder.
 
They will be held in custody at Martlesham pending an appearance at Ipswich Magistrates Court on Monday, 19 November.

 

Update 1.20pm 17 November 2012

A 33-year-old man and a 26-year-old woman arrested on suspicion of the murder of Christopher Thompson at Chantry Park in Ipswich remain in custody at Martlesham Police Investigation Centre this afternoon.
 
A superintendent has granted a custody extension allowing police to hold the man and woman for up to a further 12 hours. If necessary officers then can apply to magistrates for further time to question the two.
 
The 33-year-old and 26-year-old, both of no fixed abode, were arrested in Ipswich yesterday afternoon, Friday 16 November, after Mr Thompson's body was found in the park on Thursday morning, 15 November.
 
A 42-year-old man from Ipswich arrested on Thursday in connection with the murder has been bailed to return to police on Tuesday 8 January as officers continue to investigate what happened prior to Mr Thompson's death.
 
Some cordons remain in place at the park as these enquiries continue, but these are expected to be lifted around 2pm today. Police would again like to thank members of the public for their patience.
Anyone with any information in relation to the incident is asked to contact the Major Investigation Team at Suffolk Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

 

Update 4.50pm
A man arrested on suspicion of murder has been released on police bail.

The 42-year-old from Ipswich was arrested after the body of Christopher Thompson was found in Chantry Park, Ipswich on Thursday 15 November.

He was taken to the Martlesham Police Investigation Centre (PIC) and has since been released on bail. He is now due to return on Tuesday 8 January 2013.

A 33-year-old man and a 26-year-old woman both of no fixed abode were arrested in the town today on suspicion of murder and taken to the Martlesham PIC, where they remain.

Chantry Park has now been reopened though some areas still remain cordoned off. Police would like to thank members of the public for their patience.

Anyone with any information in relation to this incident is asked to contact the Major Investigation Team at Suffolk Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Update 1.55pm
Police have made two further arrests as part of their investigation into the death of a man whose body was discovered in Chantry Park, Ipswich.

Christopher Thompson, aged 35 and formerly of London Road, Ipswich, was found deceased by a member of the public at around 6:50am yesterday morning, Thursday 15 November.

This afternoon a 33-year-old man and a 26-year-old woman both of no fixed abode were arrested in the town on suspicion of murder. They have since been taken to the Martlesham Police Investigation Centre.

A 42-year-old man from Ipswich, arrested yesterday on suspicion of murder, remains in custody.

A Home Office post mortem examination in Mr Thompson’s death was held last night and the preliminary cause of death has been given as strangulation and assault injuries.

Anyone with any information in relation to this incident is asked to contact the Major Investigation Team at Suffolk Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Update 16 November 2012
Suffolk Police are today naming a man whose body was found in Chantry Park, Ipswich yesterday morning, Thursday 15 November.

Police received a call from a member of the public at around 6:50am, reporting the discovery. Officers attended the park, which was then closed and areas within were cordoned off.

The park remains closed this morning as police continue to examine the scene.

Formal identification of the deceased has now taken place and the man can be named as Christopher Thompson, aged 35 years old and formerly of London Road, Ipswich.

A Home Office post mortem examination in Mr Thompson’s death was held last night and the preliminary cause of death has been given as strangulation and assault injuries.

A 42-year-old man from Ipswich, arrested on suspicion of murder, remains in at the Martlesham Police Investigation Centre after a Superintendent this morning authorised a 12-hour extension of the custody time limits.

Anyone with any information in relation to this incident is asked to contact the Major Investigation Team at Suffolk Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Update 5.20pm

Chantry Park in Ipswich will remain cordoned off this evening after a man’s body was found on grassland this morning, Thursday 15 November.

Police received a call from a member of the public at around 6:50am, reporting the discovery. Officers attended the park, which was then closed and areas within were cordoned off.

The park will remain closed throughout the evening and officers will be conducting reassurance patrols in the area.

Police would like to thank members of the public for their patience and are asking that people do not try and gain entry to the park until further notice.

A 42-year-old man from Ipswich has been arrested on suspicion of murder and taken to the Martlesham Police Investigation Centre where he remains.

Police are currently in the process of informing the man’s family and will not release his name until this is complete. However, the man is believed to be in his thirties and from the Ipswich area.

A Home Office post mortem examination will take place in due course to ascertain the cause of death.

Anyone with any information in relation to this incident is asked to contact the Major Investigation Team at Suffolk Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

15 November 2012

An area of Chantry Park in Ipswich has been cordoned off after a man’s body was found by a member of the public on Thursday 15 November.

Police received a call reporting the discovery at 6:50am. Officers attended the park and a scene has been put in place.

The death is being treated as suspicious.

A 42-year-old man from Ipswich has been arrested on suspicion of murder. He has been taken to the Martlesham Police Investigation Centre where he awaits questioning.

Police are making inquiries in order to identify the deceased and a post mortem will be held in due course.

Anyone with any information in relation to this incident is asked to contact the Major Investigation Team at Suffolk Police on 101.

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