Drayton Road four days prior to the attack – photo © Julian Swainson 2020
A man remains in police custody this afternoon following a death in Norwich yesterday (Monday 22 June 2020).
Officers discovered a man with serious head injuries in Clapham Woods, off Drayton Road, just before 5.15am on Monday 22 June. The ambulance service attended but the man was pronounced dead at the scene.
A Home Office Post Mortem examination, which took place this morning (Tuesday 23 June) has established the man died as a result of severe traumatic head injuries.
Pending formal Coroner’s inquest proceedings, police have provisionally identified the body of the deceased as Daniel Littlewood, aged 40 and from Norwich.
A man, aged in his 30s and from the Norwich area, has been arrested on suspicion of murder and he remains in custody at Great Yarmouth Police Investigation Centre.
Detective Chief Inspector Phil Gray from the Norfolk and Suffolk Joint Major Investigation Team said: “Our thoughts go out to Daniel’s family and friends at this time. Officers are continuing with their enquiries to establish the exact circumstances leading up to his death, however, we do know the suspect and Daniel are known to each other.
“I would like to hear from anyone who may have seen two men walking in the area of Drayton Road and Aylsham Road, between 2.30am and 4am on Monday 22 June.
“It is understandable that the local community will be shocked by this incident and officers will be carrying out reassurance patrols over the coming days. Anyone with concerns is encouraged to speak to them or contact their local Safer Neighbourhood Team on 101.”
A cordon remains in place around Clapham Woods whilst officers carry out their enquiries. St Martins Road, between Aylsham Road and Drayton Road, and Drayton Road, between the junctions of St Martins Road and Lime Kiln Mews, are closed.
Anyone with information should contact the Norfolk and Suffolk Major Investigation Team on 101 or use the online portal: https://imsva91-ctp.trendmicro.com:443/wis/clicktime/v1/query?url=https%3a%2f%2fmipp.police.uk%2foperation%2f363719P01%2dPO1&umid=0C4FF53B-A8C1-E005-B9F5-4C6DD65D0343&auth=76a36a0301cf7179612a4414203a61368905a968-589854447fa3a76665b4df37b66b94a34b1de052.