Four men arrested in connection with the murder of a 38-year-old man on the outskirts of Norwich are due to answer bail next month.

Three men in their 40s and one man in his 20s were arrested by police after the body of Matthew Griggs was found on Church Lane, Sprowston at around 7.45am on September 23 last year.

Eastern Daily Press: Church Lane, SprowstonChurch Lane, Sprowston (Image: Peter Walsh, Newsquest)It is understood Mr Griggs, a former White Woman Lane Middle School and Sprowston High School pupil, had been in two separate altercations in the city centre a few days before his body was found.

A murder investigation was launched after a post-mortem examination revealed he had received blunt force trauma to his chest.

The four arrested men have been bailed until April 3.

Mr Grigg's family last month issued a tribute to the son, brother, uncle, nephew and boyfriend who would be "sorely missed by all".

His family said they "still can't believe that he's no longer with us".

They said Mr Griggs, who did not have any children, was born in Norwich in 1985 and lived in Sprowston until the late 1990s when the family moved to Ely.

He later worked in several pubs, hotels and restaurants across the region.

He was a passionate Norwich City supporter and followed the club home and away, including a memorable trip to see the Canaries lose in the play-off final at the Millennium Stadium in 2002.

He was also a "very good cook", they said.

Mr Griggs was found by his partner, who then sought the assistance of dog walkers, who in turn called the ambulance service. 

Eastern Daily Press: Church Lane, SprowstonChurch Lane, Sprowston (Image: Peter Walsh, Newsquest)Police believe Mr Griggs was involved in two altercations prior to his death with the first in Ketts Hill at about 7.40am on September 19.

Eastern Daily Press: Ketts Hill, NorwichKetts Hill, Norwich (Image: Peter Walsh, Newsquest)The second was just under an hour later, at around 8.30am on Foundry Bridge, in Prince of Wales Road.

Eastern Daily Press: Bridge on Prince of Wales RoadBridge on Prince of Wales Road (Image: Peter Walsh, Newsquest)

Anyone with any information or relevant dashcam footage about either incident is asked to contact Norfolk Police on 101 or email quoting reference 36/68171/23.