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60 officers working on Norwich murder case

PUBLISHED: 06:57 26 June 2018 | UPDATED: 12:42 26 June 2018

Forensic investigators at Rose Lane car park. Pic: Peter Walsh.

Forensic investigators at Rose Lane car park. Pic: Peter Walsh.

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The murder of a man in Norwich is not being linked to "county lines" or "organised crime gangs", according to a Norwich police chief.

Police have cordoned off an area near to the Rose Lane car park after the murder of a man. PIC: Peter WalshPolice have cordoned off an area near to the Rose Lane car park after the murder of a man. PIC: Peter Walsh

Police were called to Rose Lane car park just after midnight on Saturday, June 23, to reports a man had been stabbed.

The victim, David Hastings, 48, of Long Row, Norwich, was taken to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, but later died from his injuries.

Rolands Heinbergs, 22, of no fixed address, has been charged with murder and will appear at Norwich Crown Court today (June 26) after he appeared at Norwich Magistrates Court yesterday (Monday, June 25).

Volunteers with the city’s SOS Bus told how they battled in vain to save his life.

Rose Lane Car Park is sealed off after man was stabbed to death in what police are treated as murder. Picture: Dominic GilbertRose Lane Car Park is sealed off after man was stabbed to death in what police are treated as murder. Picture: Dominic Gilbert

A Home Office post-mortem examination revealed that he died from multiple stab wounds.

Norfolk police confirmed about 60 officers, including detectives, are currently investigating the murder.

Supt Lordan could not talk about the investigation itself, but did say there would be an increased police presence in the area for the next few days.

He said: “Firstly, I would just like to put on record my deepest condolences to David Hastings’ family and friends.

“This was a tragic incident which is currently being investigated by Norfolk Constabulary.”

Supt Lordan said “at this time” it was not believed the incident was linked to “county lines or organised crime gangs”.

He said: “This was an isolated incident and one that is very rare to Norwich.

“I would like to thank the public for their patience.”

He also reassured the public that there would be an increased police presence in the area for the next few days.

A police cordon remains in place around the scene; however local roads around Rose Lane have been reopened and are accessible to traffic.

As previously reported knife crime is rising in Norfolki but remains rare according to the most recent figures.

The latest police figures on knife crime revealed a three-fold increase in offences committed in Norfolk.

Norfolk Constabulary recorded 269 crimes in which knives were used between October 2016 and September 2017 - an increase of 186pc on the same period in 2012-13.

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