Police appeal on two year anniversary of Eye man’s killing

The senior detective in charge of an unsolved murder says someone in a north Suffolk market town holds the key to the case.

Today is the second anniversary of the death of Richard Clarke. He was found collapsed in the driveway of his home in Cranley Green Road, Eye, on August 22, 2009. It is believed he suffered a fatal head injury in an assault.

Detective Chief Inspector Neil Luckett said someone in the town must know the secret behind the 73-year-old's killing and he called on them to make contact with him.

'Whilst I can't discount that it could be somebody from outside the community as that road from Eye to Debenham does have traffic from elsewhere, I just feel the answer lies locally,' he said. 'This is a case that will revolve around somebody telling me what happened.'

There have been several appeals since Mr Clarke's death and one person was arrested early in the inquiry. However, the person was released without charge and no further arrests have been made.

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Det Ch Insp Luckett added: 'Thousands of people have been spoken to in the wider community and we have done numerous appeals and have had the Crimestoppers reward, which the family has added to. We had some information (following the Crimestoppers appeal) and, of course, very often we get information which is based on rumour and speculation.'

He would never discourage people from coming forward with anything they had heard but, he said: 'It's the people that are closest to the person or persons that have done this that I need to speak to.'

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Mr Clarke was a thatcher and an enthusiastic cyclist. He lived alone but had a partner.

On the afternoon of Friday, August 21, 2009, he went to The Horseshoes Public House in Billingford and left in a taxi.

He stopped to pick up a Chinese meal in Eye at about 7pm and he arrived at his home at about 7.15pm.

A witness reported seeing him sitting in his driveway, holding his head, at 8pm but the next time he was seen was in the early hours of Saturday, August 22, when he was found collapsed.

Anyone with information about the death of Mr Clarke can contact detectives on 01473 613500.

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