Dereham man Richard Beane is charged with murder of 69-year-old man in Toftwood

The body of 69-year-old Brian Heed was found in Boyd Avenue. Picture: Ian Burt

The body of 69-year-old Brian Heed was found in Boyd Avenue. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

A Dereham man has been charged in connection with a murder which happened in Toftwood last week.

A map showing where the two incidents took place.

A map showing where the two incidents took place. - Credit: Archant

Police confirmed this afternoon that Richard Beane, 49, Brunswick Close, has been charged with murder.

He has been remanded into custody to appear at Norwich Magistrates Court tomorrow, Thursday.

Officers were called at 3.21pm on Sunday following concerns from a member of the public about a man living in Boyd Avenue.

MORE: Richard Beane appears in court charged with killing Brian Heed after a body was found at a home in Toftwood, Dereham

On arrival officers gained entry to the property where they found a 69-year-old man, known to be Brian Heed, had died.

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A Home Office post mortem examination, which took place yesterday was inconclusive; however, there is evidence that the man was subjected to a significant sustained assault which included the use of a knife.

Police confirmed that the two men knew each other, but were not related.

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Officers are not looking for anyone else in connection with the death at this stage but a major investigation is ongoing.

A seal has been in place at the Toftwood bungalow.

T/Detective Chief Inspector Marie James, from the joint Norfolk and Suffolk Major Investigation Team, said: 'We continue to investigate the full circumstances of this incident and are following several lines of enquiry.

'We have increased patrols in the area to reassure the local community and are working closely with forensically trained officers to get a full picture of what happened that day.'

A police cordon has also in place beside a quiet country lane in Hardingham, near Dereham, in connection with the murder investigation.

A spokesman for Norfolk Police said the Church Road site was connected to a major inquiry into the suspected murder in Boyd Avenue.

Neighbours described the victim as a quiet man who kept himself to himself.

Local residents have been expressing their shock at the news.

One resident said: 'I've just read about it in the paper and it so awful.'

Another added: 'I can't believe it. It's so tragic, while another resident said: 'It's ever so quiet here usually. You couldn't get a nicer place to live. I'm shocked that something like this could happen here.'

The Boyd Avenue estate was built in the 1960s and is a mix of bungalows and houses.

The area has been described by residents as a friendly and quiet neighbourhood with very little crime.

Police have said the incident is not currently being linked to the death of another man, named locally as Stuart Yates, whose body was found in a flat in Boundary Close, Dereham, on Friday.

The death of Mr Yates is currently being treated as unexplained after a post mortem examination held on Saturday proved inconclusive.

Anyone with information should contact Norfolk Constabulary on 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through their Anonymous Online Form at

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