Tributes paid to Norwich stab victim Steven Stannard who has been described as a ‘loveable rogue’

Steven Stannard pictured in 2014 while begging on the streets of Norwich. Picture: Denise Bradley

Steven Stannard pictured in 2014 while begging on the streets of Norwich. Picture: Denise Bradley - Credit: copyright: Archant 2014

His is the face of the man who was stabbed to death on a Norwich estate over the weekend.

Police have launched a murder enquiry after the death of a man in Bowers Avenue, Norwich. Picture: I

Police have launched a murder enquiry after the death of a man in Bowers Avenue, Norwich. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

Police officers were called to Bowers Avenue, Mile Cross, at about 2.30pm on Saturday following reports of a person needing medical assistance.

A murder probe was launched after a man, who has now been named as 37-year-old Steven Stannard, died at the scene as a result of serious injuries.

The Home Office post mortem examination found Mr Stannard, of Bowers Avenue, Norwich, sustained multiple stab wounds to his body.

Mr Stannard, or Mr King as he was also known, was a familiar face on the city streets with his twin brother Eddie and the dog Trixy that they both used to help look after.

Police have launched a murder enquiry after the death of a man in Bowers Avenue, Norwich. Picture: I

Police have launched a murder enquiry after the death of a man in Bowers Avenue, Norwich. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt


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The pair have been described as 'inseparable' by neighbours in Bowers Avenue and those that knew them best in Norwich.

Karl King had known Mr Stannard for about eight years and became a close friend after he let him stay with him for about three years.

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Mr King, who is in his 50s and who sells the Big Issue in Gentleman's Walk, said he was shocked to hear about his death.

He said: 'He was my best friend. He was honest, always asked my opinion, was respectful and patient. I miss him.

'He did what he did but I didn't judge him. If you didn't judge him you would find him a really nice character with a heart of gold really.

'I think Steve will be missed. He knew a lot of people and a lot of people knew him. He had a lot of friends and will be missed. A lot of people will miss him. He was definitely a face in Norwich.'

Mr King said he heard about Mr Stannard's death on Sunday but 'didn't believe it' at first.

He said has sent Mr Stannard's brother a text but has not yet heard from him.

'He wants to be left alone and I respect that. He's staying with a friend and that's all that matters.'

Mr King said the brothers were only known by their surnames to those that knew them closest with most people referring to the pair as twinnies or the twins.

Nick Chowns, 36, from Wymondham, who had known Mr Stannard and his brother Eddie for about 11 years, said: 'He was just a kind person who would help anyone out. He loved his dog.'

A man in his 20s has been arrested on suspicion of murder in connection with this incident and is currently being held in custody. Police have been granted an extra 36 hours to question him.

Detective Chief Inspector Marie James, from the joint Norfolk and Suffolk Major Investigation Team (MIT), said: 'I am still very keen to speak with anyone who may have witnessed anything on that day or has any information relating to the incident. The Major Investigation Team can be contacted on 101 or anonymously through Crimestoppers.'

• Did you know Steven Stannard? If so, please email your tributes to peter.walsh@archant.co.uk

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