Detectives given longer to question Downham Market murder suspects

Police at a property on Bulrush Avenue in Downham Market for the second day of a murder investigatio

Police at a property on Bulrush Avenue in Downham Market for the second day of a murder investigation. Picture: Danielle Booden - Credit: Danielle Booden

Detectives have been given more time to question two men arrested on suspicion of murder after the death of a man in Downham Market.

The pair were detained in the town on Sunday evening, after officers were called to a house in Bulrush Avenue following reports of a disturbance at the property.

A 39-year-old was found with serious head injuries and despite efforts to save him he was pronounced dead at the scene.

A 47-year-old man was arrested at the property while a second suspect, aged 22, was detained in Paradise Road a few hours later.

Police at a property on Bulrush Avenue in Downham Market for the second day of a murder investigatio

Police at a property on Bulrush Avenue in Downham Market for the second day of a murder investigation. Picture: Danielle Booden - Credit: Danielle Booden

Both were arrested on suspicion of murder and taken to the King's Lynn Police Investigation Centre.

Police have now been given more time to question the pair, as their investigations continue.

Police at a property on Bulrush Avenue in Downham Market for the second day of a murder investigatio

Police at a property on Bulrush Avenue in Downham Market for the second day of a murder investigation. Picture: Danielle Booden - Credit: Danielle Booden

A cordon remains in place at the property today, with a police car sat outside the address and an officer stood by the front door.

A single bunch of red and white flowers has been left on top of a bin near the house.

Meanwhile, locals have taken to social media to express their concerns over the death.

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Josie Ratcliffe, town and borough councillor, said she first became aware of the incident after hearing a helicopter circling and seeing comments on social media on Sunday evening.

Josie Ratcliffe, borough councillor for Downham Market East. Picture: Liberal Democrats.

Josie Ratcliffe, borough councillor for Downham Market East. Picture: Liberal Democrats. - Credit: Liberal Democrats

She said: "People were sharing their concerns and one or two contacted me directly over fears about public safety. It is a very alarming situation."

But the councillor said she wants to reassure the wider community that there was not a risk to them, following police comments about the incident.

Local policing commander Superintendent Wes Hornigold said all those involved are known to one another.

He added: "We're confident the wider public were not at risk.

“We have a team of experienced detectives on this case who are working to establish the full circumstances of the incident."

Police at a property on Bulrush Avenue in Downham Market for the second day of a murder investigatio

Police at a property on Bulrush Avenue in Downham Market for the second day of a murder investigation. Picture: Danielle Booden - Credit: Danielle Booden

Mayor Jenny Groom said the local community police officer has reassured her that "everything was in control" and has been keeping Downham Market Town Council updated about the situation.

Ms Groom said: "The police response was commendable.

"I believe the situation that the police who attended were met with was really quite horrific, all credit to them because they did their best in a really difficult and horrible situation.

"My thoughts go out to them and to the families involved.

"In a community this small, it does touch you when something like this happens.

"It's so awful. We support the police and the efforts that they have made.

"It's very reassuring to know they're there and responded so swiftly."

A Home Office post-mortem examination will be carried out today to establish the cause of the death.