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Man appears at court charged with murder in connection with the death of Clive Wyard in 2018

A 34-year-old man has appeared in court charged with murder in connection with the death of a man aged in his 70s, who was found unconscious outside his Ipswich home.

At 7.15am on Friday 20 July 2018, Clive Wyard, aged 74, was found collapsed on his driveway in Valley Road.

He had sustained injuries to his head and face, including black eyes, a split frenulum lip, a further cut to his lip, a deep cut to his cheek and other cuts to his body. He was taken to Ipswich Hospital where he sadly died 12 days later.

A post mortem examination concluded that Mr Wyard died as a result of a severe head injury, having sustained a skull fracture and a bleed on the brain.

An inquiry into the circumstances surrounding Mr Wyard’s death by the Joint Norfolk and Suffolk Major Investigation Team then followed, resulting in charges being brought against an individual in connection with the incident.

Rhys Burroughs, previously of Colchester Road, Ipswich, appeared before Ipswich Magistrates’ Court today, Thursday 20 May, where he was formally charged with murder and attempted robbery.

Burroughs was committed to appear before Ipswich Crown Court this afternoon and will remain in custody pending a next court appearance on Friday 6 August.

Previous release | 19 July 2019

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Right; CCTV image of Mr Wyard from the Royal George which shows the clothes he was wearing that evening.

Detectives have launched a murder inquiry and made an arrest in connection with the death of a man found unconscious outside his Ipswich home last summer. This weekend marks the first anniversary of the incident and officers are making renewed appeals for anyone with information to come forward.

At 7.15am on Friday 20 July 2018, Clive Wyard, aged 74, was found collapsed on his driveway in Valley Road. He had left the Royal George public house on Colchester Road shortly after midnight, embarking on the approximately 20-minute walk home to his property, which was near to the junction of Westerfield Road.

He had sustained injuries to his head and face, including black eyes, a split cleft lip, a further cut to his lip, a deep cut to his cheek and other cuts to his body. He was taken to Ipswich Hospital where he sadly died 12 days later.

A post mortem examination concluded that Mr Wyard died as a result of a severe head injury, having sustained a skull fracture and a bleed on the brain.

Following an exhaustive inquiry into the circumstances surrounding Mr Wyard’s death by the Joint Norfolk and Suffolk Major Investigation Team, it is now being treated as a homicide.

A 32-year-old man from Ipswich has been arrested on suspicion of murder by detectives investigating Mr Wyard’s death. He was brought into police custody for questioning and subsequently released under investigation in connection with this incident, but is currently serving a prison term for an unrelated offence.

Officers are renewing appeals for anyone with information about Mr Wyard’s death to come forward. In particular anyone who may have seen him walking along Colchester Road or Valley Road and any witnesses who believe they saw anyone else along this route, or acting suspiciously in the vicinity of his home near the roundabout junction with Westerfield Road. 

Detective Inspector Lewis Craske, of the Major Investigation Team, said: “A year has now passed since Clive Wyard was discovered unconscious on his driveway and we remain as determined as ever to bring closure for his family and uncover the truth of what happened to him in the early hours of that morning.

“We have made considerable progress with the investigation and have gathered sufficient evidence for us to believe that Clive was the victim of a crime.

“As such, this is now a murder inquiry and we continue to appeal for anyone with information about Clive’s death to come forward.

“It is likely whoever attacked Clive may have shown a noticeable change in their behaviour, particularly on either the day he was discovered on his driveway, or when his death was confirmed to the public on Wednesday 8 August. 

“If anyone does believe they may know something about Clive’s tragic death, however small it may seem, then I would appeal directly to their conscience to come forward and do the right thing for the sake of his children and grandchildren.”

Clive’s children have asked us to issue the following statement on their behalf: “Our father was one of a kind and was cruelly taken from us. Life will never be the same but we urge anyone who knows anything to please report it. Sometimes the smallest piece of information can be the biggest. Truth and justice is what we want.” Desmond, Jo and Jackie.

Clive Wyard’s final movements between 19 and 20 July 2018 are as follows:  

He had been at the Royal George public house on Colchester Road on the evening of Thursday 19 July, which was something he regularly did on a Thursday night to meet friends and play darts.

He left that premises on foot between 12.15am and 12.20am on Friday 20 July and was captured on CCTV a few minutes later walking past a property slightly further along Colchester Road, in the direction of Sidegate Lane West.

There is then further CCTV footage of him walking along Valley Road at 12.37am and at this point he had only about another 200 yards to go until he reached his home address. The entire distance from the Royal George to his property is just under one mile.

Mr Wyard was white, 5ft 9in tall, of medium build, with grey hair and a grey goatie beard. He was wearing jeans and a light grey zip hooded top. A CCTV image of him obtained from the Royal George - which shows the clothes he was wearing that evening - is being reissued by police.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Major Investigation Team by using the police portal which can be accessed online here: https://mipp.police.uk/operation/363718M64-PO2 or by calling 101 and quoting Op Rufforth.

Alternatively contact the charity Crimestoppers 100% anonymously on 0800 555 111, or via their online form at: www.crimestoppers-uk.org

Previous release | 17 August 2018

Detectives are renewing appeals for information following the death of a man who was found unconscious outside his Ipswich home four weeks ago today.

At 7.15am on Friday 20 July, Clive Wyard, aged 74, was found collapsed on his driveway in Valley Road. His property is near to the junction of Westerfield Road.

He had sustained injuries to his head and face, including black eyes, a split cleft lip, a further cut to his lip, a deep cut to his cheek and other cuts to his body. He was taken to Ipswich Hospital where he sadly died 12 days later.

A post mortem examination was conducted on Monday 6 August and concluded that Mr Wyard died as a result of a severe head injury, having sustained a skull fracture and a bleed on the brain.

His death is being treated as unexplained and numerous enquiries have been taking place to ascertain the circumstances which resulted in him sustaining the injury which led to his death.

The investigation team now have a more accurate picture of Mr Wyard’s movements in the hours prior to being discovered, which differs slightly to that which has been published previously.

Mr Wyard had been at the Royal George public house on Colchester Road in Ipswich on the evening of Thursday 19 July. It has now been established that he left that premises on foot between 12.15am and 12.20am on Friday 20 July.

He was then captured on CCTV a few minutes later walking past a property slightly further along Colchester Road, in the direction of Sidegate Lane West.

There is then further CCTV footage of him walking along Valley Road at 12.37am and at this point he had only about another 200 yards to go until he reached his home address. The entire distance from the Royal George to his home is just under one mile.

Officers are also issuing a CCTV image of Mr Wyard from the Royal George which show the clothes he was wearing that evening.

Mr Wyard is described as white, 5ft 9in tall, of medium build, with grey hair and a grey goatie beard. He was wearing jeans and a light grey zip hooded top.

Detective Chief Inspector Marie James said: “Four weeks have now passed since Mr Wyard was discovered on his driveway and we are continuing with our efforts to establish what happened to him on that night.

“We want to be able to provide his family with the answers that they deserve and so I am appealing to anyone who believes they have any information at all that could assist our investigation to come forward. This includes people who believe they know of other individuals who may have been in that area on the night in question.

“We continue to keep an open mind as to what may have taken place and are appealing to anyone who believes they saw Mr Wyard walking along Colchester Road or Valley Road, between 12.15am and 7.15am on Friday 20 July to contact us.

Anyone with information regarding Mr Wyard’s movements that night and/or anyone in possession of Dash Cam or CCTV footage covering that period, are asked to contact the Major Investigation Team on 101 quoting Op Rufforth, or use the police portal which can be accessed online: https://mipp.police.uk/operation/1052  

Alternatively contact the charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org

Previous release | 8 August 2018

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Police are continuing to appeal for information following the death of a man who was found unconscious in Ipswich last month.

At 7.15am on Friday 20 July, Clive Wyard, aged 74, was found collapsed on the driveway of his home in Valley Road.

He had sustained injuries to his face and head and was taken to Ipswich Hospital, where he has now sadly died.

A post mortem examination was conducted on Monday 6 August and concluded that Mr Wyard died as a result of a head injury.

Detectives are treating his death as unexplained. Enquiries are ongoing to ascertain the circumstances which resulted in him sustaining the injury which led to his death.

Mr Wyard had been at the Royal George public house on Colchester Road in Ipswich on the evening of Thursday 19 July, leaving sometime after 11.30pm.

He was last seen outside the Co-op at the junction with Sidegate Lane West at around midnight and he sustained his injuries at some point prior to 7.15am the next morning.

Mr Wyard is described as white, 5ft 9in tall, of medium build, with grey hair and a grey goatie beard. He was wearing jeans and a light grey zip hooded top.

Detective Chief Inspector Marie James said: "We have undertaken numerous enquiries in order to understand the circumstances that led to Mr Wyard’s death.

 "We remain open minded as to what may have taken place and continue to urge anyone who believes they saw Mr Wyard walking along Colchester Road or Valley Road, between 11.30pm on 19 July and 7.15am on 20 July to contact us.

"Although almost three weeks have passed since Mr Wyard was found, I would urge anyone with information that may assist our investigation to contact us irrespective of the passage of time. The smallest detail could prove to be vital in helping us to understand what happened that night and to provide answers to the family.”

Anyone with information regarding Mr Wyard’s movements that night and/or anyone in possession of Dash Cam or CCTV footage covering that period, are asked to contact the Major Investigation Team on 101 quoting Op Rufforth, or use the police portal which can be accessed online: https://mipp.police.uk/operation/1052  

Alternatively contact the charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org

Previous release | 27 July 2018

Police continue to conduct enquiries to establish the exact circumstances surrounding an incident involving a 74 year old man in Ipswich who was injured.

Officers are remaining open minded about what happened to the man, Clive Wyard of Valley Road in Ipswich. It is thought it happened at some point between 11.30pm on Thursday 19 July and 1.20am on Friday 20 July 2018.

He had left the Royal George public house at about 11.30pm and 12.20am heading along Colchester Road towards Sidegate Lane and from there headed to Valley Road.

He was last seen outside Co-Op on Sidegate Lane at around midnight of 19 July. He was found the following morning at 7.15am by passers-by on the floor at Valley Road close to his home with injuries to his face and head and taken to Ipswich hospital for treatment where he remains. Police are still keen to understand how he was injured.

He is described as having a medium build, is white, about 5 foot 9 inches tall with grey hair and a grey goatie beard. He was wearing jeans and a light grey zip hooded top.

Anyone who witnessed or has knowledge of  the incident it should contact Ipswich CID on 101 quoting reference 37/41910/18.

Previous release I 26 July 2018

Police are appealing for witnesses to a suspected assault that took place in Ipswich.

It is thought it happened at some point between 11.30pm on Thursday 19 July and 1.20am on Friday 20 July 2018.

The victim, a 74 year old male, had left the Royal George public house at about 11.30pm and 12.20am heading along Colchester Road towards Sidegate Lane and from there headed to Valley Road

He was last seen outside Co-Op on Sidegate Lane at around midnight of 19 July. He was found the following morning at 7.15am by passers-by on the floor at Valley Road close to his home with injuries to his face and head and taken to Ipswich hospital for treatment where he remains. The victim is described as having a medium build, is  white, about 5 foot 9 inches tall with grey hair and a grey goatie beard. He was wearing jeans, a purple top, brown tan boots and a light grey zip hooded top.

Enquiries are ongoing to investigate the circumstances prior to his discovery. Officers are looking for any witnesses that may have seen the male walking towards Valley Road or anyone with a dashcam who drove down Colchester Road towards Valley Road at the relevant time.

Anyone who witnessed the incident or has knowledge of it should contact Ipswich CID on 101 quoting crime reference 37/41910/18. Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers 100% anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via their anonymous online form at crimestoppers-uk.org.