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  • 27 April 2014, 1:08

James Attfield Murder: Appeal For CCTV Pair

Police investigating the murder of a man stabbed more than 100 times have said they want to speak to two people seen on CCTV.

James Attfield, 33, died in a park in Colchester, Essex, in what has been described as a "senseless and frenzied" attack.

Detectives are keen to trace a woman who was seen in an image on March 29 at 12.36am, and again with a man on another image at 2.19am.

Officers are trying to piece together Mr Attfield's movements between the evening of March 28 and when he was found the following morning just before 6am.

Mr Attfield was treated at the scene by paramedics in Castle Park, but died from his injuries.

The victim, known as Jim to his family, had 102 separate wounds on his arms, hands, back, neck and head, police revealed.

The father-of-five suffered a severe brain injury after he was hit by a car four years ago, and had not been in contact with his children since.

His mother, Julie Finch, has described her son as a "bit of a loner" who was "in the process of rebuilding his life" when he died.

Releasing the CCTV images, Detective Chief Inspector Simon Werrett, of Essex Police, said: "I would urge these two people to come forward or if anyone recognises them I would ask them to get in touch with the inquiry team."

The man is described as white, of stocky build and appears tall with long legs.

The only description given of the woman is that she is white.

Police say they were sitting at opposite ends of a bench and it is not certain if they know each other, although they may have been a couple who had a row earlier in the evening and were sitting apart not talking to each other.

About 10 metres away from where this couple sat, there was a man sitting on the grass who was white, aged in his 30s and wearing a dark jacket and possibly jeans.

This may, or may not, have been Mr Attfield, a police spokesman said.

Three other people who were also spotted in the area on CCTV and came forward voluntarily have been ruled out the probe by police - as have a total of six people caught on CCTV walking through the park.

A further 17 people have yet to come forward.

A man and a woman from Colchester, both aged 27, have been bailed until May 9.

Anyone with information is asked to call Essex Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.