Norwich police chief says city murder does not appear to be linked to county lines or organised crime gangs
PUBLISHED: 14:58 25 June 2018 | UPDATED: 08:26 26 June 2018
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 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 died from his injuries.
Volunteers with the city’s SOS Bus told how they battled in vain to save his life.
A Home Office post-mortem examination revealed that he died from multiple stab wounds.
An investigation into the murder is continuing today, with scenes of crime officers searching drains close to the Rose Lane car park.
There are also a number of numbered yellow signs near to the toilets of the car park.
Superintendent Terry Lordan, from Norfolk Police, was one of a number of officers at the scene on Monday (June 25).
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 urged anyone with information to speak to officers directly or contact the force.
A police cordon remains in place around the scene. However roads around Rose Lane have been reopened and are accessible to traffic.
Meanwhile Rolands Heinbergs, 22, of no fixed address, appeared at Norwich Magistrates’ Court via videolink from Wymondham Police Investigation Centre (PIC) having been charged with murder.
Wearing a blue jumper, the defendant spoke only to confirm his name during the short hearing which lasted less than four minutes.
The case was sent to Norwich Crown Court on Tuesday, June 26.
District Judge, Nicholas Watson, said: “If there’s to be a bail application it can be made before the judge tomorrow.”
Heinbergs was remanded in custody until the next hearing.