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Teen becomes 13th person arrested in connection with Thetford murder

PUBLISHED: 13:26 31 October 2019 | UPDATED: 15:15 31 October 2019

Police at the bridge over the underpass under Brandon Road in Thetford where David Lawal was stabbed in Brandon Road in Thetford. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Police at the bridge over the underpass under Brandon Road in Thetford where David Lawal was stabbed in Brandon Road in Thetford. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

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A 16-year-old has been arrested on suspicion of murder following the death of a man in Thetford.

Police arrested the teenager in London, on Wednesday 30, and he will remain in police custody while enquiries continue.

A total of 13 people have now been arrested in connection with the murder of 25-year-old David Lawal, who died in Brandon Road, Thetford, on the evening of Thursday, October 3 after suffering a stab wound to the neck and chest.

Detectives from the Norfolk and Suffolk Major Investigation Team continue to follow up numerous lines of enquiry.

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Detective Chief Inspector Phillip Gray, who is leading the investigation, said: "We have now made several arrests and I want to reassure people that we have a dedicated team working hard behind the scenes.

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"This is a complex investigation and we're building a comprehensive picture of exactly what happened in the hours leading up to the murder and immediately afterwards.

"We said at the outset that we believed this had all the hallmarks of being connected to County Lines and that those involved were all known to each other.

"This very much remains our view. This in turn brings its own challenges, not least logistically in dealing with people living outside of Norfolk.

"A man has lost his life and it's right that we focus on building a full and thorough investigation to try our very best to bring those responsible to justice."

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Witnesses or anyone with information that may help the investigation can share this with the Joint Norfolk and Suffolk Major Investigation Team here: https://mipp.police.uk/operation/363719N41-PO1.

They can also telephone Norfolk Police on 101 and quote reference Operation Petersfield and a member of the enquiry team will call them back. Alternatively, they can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or online at www.crimestoppers.co.uk

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