A senior detective has spoken of his frustration after an unsolved murder inquiry neared its third anniversary.

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Retired thatcher Richard Clarke died after being found unconscious on the driveway of his home in Eye, in north Suffolk in August 2009.

Detectives made a fresh appeal for information today following the murder that took place on Saturday, August 22 2009 in Cranley Green Road.

Officers from the Norfolk and Suffolk Joint Major Investigation Team believe that the 73-year-old was the victim of an assault, which resulted in him receiving a fatal head injury. However, the investigation has not been able to establish any motive for the attack.

Detective Chief Insp Neil Luckett said: “We are now three years on from Richard’s death, and it is both frustrating and disappointing that we still do not know who assaulted him and why. I am very grateful to Crimestoppers for their assistance in publicising this case over the past year, and despite receiving information as a result of their appeals and the reward that was offered, we have not been able to give Richard’s family the answers and closure they need.”

On the afternoon of Friday, August 21 2009 Richard Clarke went to The Horseshoes Public House in Billingford and left in a taxi. He stopped to pick up a Chinese meal in Eye at about 7pm and he arrived at his home, Park Dale, at about 7.15pm.

A witness saw a male, believed to be Mr Clarke, apparently sat in his driveway holding his head just after 8pm. The next time he was seen was when he was discovered seriously injured in the early hours of the Saturday morning.

DCI Luckett added: “It is of crucial importance that any information people have in relation to this, however small, is reported to us. We still believe that people living in and around Eye hold the key to this investigation and we would urge them to come forward.”

If you have any information, call Suffolk Police on 01473 613500, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555.

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