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Murder in Distillery Lane in the Hythe area in Colchester

Details of Incident

We were called to Distillery Lane in the Hythe area in Colchester shortly before 2am following reports of a man being serious injured. Despite best efforts of emergency services and members of the public who were on scene, the man was sadly declared dead.

Last night, Kent Police and Port of Dover Police assisted our officers by arresting a man on suspicion of murder, in connection with this investigation. A 22-year-old man of no fixed address remains in custody.

Enquiries into the death of this man continue but the scene in the area has now been stood down, with no more cordons in place.

Detective Chief Inspector Antony Alcock, from Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate said “This has been a fast-paced investigation so far, with an arrest being made in another county, less than 24 hours after the initial call came in.

“We are continuing to carry out multiple enquiries, including speaking to potential witnesses and reviewing hours of CCTV to piece together what has happened. We believe that the arrested man and the victim were known to each other and that this was an isolated incident.

“We will continue our efforts and I encourage anyone who may have any further information to contact us and assist with our investigation.

“Although formal identification has not yet taken place, we are now in the position to confirm that the victim, who was in his early 20s, was from the Kurdish community. We believe he had connections to several Kurdish communities in areas including Suffolk. We would welcome further contact with those communities and are eager to provide support wherever it is required.

“We are working with our partner agencies to make sure we are speaking with anyone who can help us with this investigation and urge anyone who hasn’t spoken to us, to get in contact.”


Contact Information

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Please quote incident 82 of 12th September 2022
You can also call us on 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.