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Man arrested for murder over Norwich car park stabbing

PUBLISHED: 13:52 23 June 2018 | UPDATED: 17:39 23 June 2018

Police have launched a murder inquiry after a man in his 40s was stabbed at Rose Lane car park. Picture: Dominic Gilbert

Police have launched a murder inquiry after a man in his 40s was stabbed at Rose Lane car park. Picture: Dominic Gilbert

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A murder inquiry has been launched after a man in his 40s was fatally stabbed at Rose Lane car park overnight.

Police have launched a murder inquiry after a man in his 40s was stabbed at Rose Lane car park. Picture: Dominic GilbertPolice have launched a murder inquiry after a man in his 40s was stabbed at Rose Lane car park. Picture: Dominic Gilbert

Officers were called to the car park just after midnight after reports a man in his 40s had been stabbed.

The man was taken to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital for treatment, but has died from his injuries.

A man in his 20s has since been arrested on suspicion of murder and is currently being held in police custody.

Det Insp Ian Cox said: “We are in the early stages of the investigation however enquiries carried out to date suggest this was not a random attack.

Police have launched a murder inquiry after a man in his 40s was stabbed at Rose Lane car park. Picture: Dominic GilbertPolice have launched a murder inquiry after a man in his 40s was stabbed at Rose Lane car park. Picture: Dominic Gilbert

“There has been an increased police presence in the area and will be for some time as our investigation continues.

“A seal remains in place whilst officers carry out enquiries to fully understand the circumstances surrounding the incident.”

Cordons have been put in place along Rose Lane and Mountergate straddling the junction with Eastbourne Place.

A further cordon had been put in place at an alleyway off Boulton Street - further up Rose Lane towards Market Avenue.

It has now been reduced in size to cover a section of St John’s Street between Mountergate and Rose Lane.

People who have left their cars at Rose Lane car park are being warned they will not be able to retrieve them for the foreseeable future.

Det Insp Cox added: “Unfortunately, due to the cordon which is now in place, owners of vehicles parked in Rose Lane car park will not be able to access them. They are advised to contact Norwich City Council to arrange collection at a later stage.”

Witnesses have said a huge police presence descended on the area around midnight - with armed units deployed at Norwich railway station.

The cordon in place at St Johns Street after a man was fatally stabbed at Rose Lane car park. Picture: Dominic GilbertThe cordon in place at St Johns Street after a man was fatally stabbed at Rose Lane car park. Picture: Dominic Gilbert

Hakan Kayahan, 57, was working at Best Kebab and Pizza on Prince Of Wales Road at the time.

“The train station was full of police,” he said. “There was eight armed units up there and ambulances as well.

“All we heard is from a group of people in front of the shop who said someone had been stabbed.”

65-year-old Gamini Tennakoon arrived at work at Mallie News on Prince of Wales Road around 5.30am.

The cordon in place at Mountergate after a man was fatally stabbed at Rose Lane car park. Picture: Dominic GilbertThe cordon in place at Mountergate after a man was fatally stabbed at Rose Lane car park. Picture: Dominic Gilbert

“I came in first thing this morning to collect the papers and the first thing I saw was police cars,” he said.

“The last time something like this happened they closed off the same part when there was a hit and run.

“A homeless man came in to the shop and told us someone had been stabbed. It is very sad. We had only closed up shop at 11.30pm last night.

“When I came in to open up the shop there were police everywhere.”

The scene after the stabbing on Rose Lane on Friday night. Picture submittedThe scene after the stabbing on Rose Lane on Friday night. Picture submitted

A spokesman for Norwich City Council said: “Rose Lane car park is currently closed due to an ongoing police investigation. As soon as we’re advised by police we will open the car park.”

Enquiries are continuing and detectives ask that anyone with information should contact Norfolk Police immediately on 101.

Alternatively, if you have any information about this incident, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers 100pc anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via their Anonymous Online Form at crimestoppers-uk.org.

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