Victim named in murder probe

The man stabbed to death in Norwich in a row over a bonfire has been named as 37-year-old Jim Cushing.

The man stabbed to death in Norwich in a row over a bonfire has been named as 37-year-old Jim Cushing.

David Stubbs, the 52-year-old man arrested on Wednesday night on suspicion of murder, is still being questioned at Bethel Street Police Station in Norwich.

Police were initially called to an incident in Harris Mews just after 5pm following reports of a dispute about a bonfire in the garden of a property there.

Mr Cushing received stab wounds to his back. He collapsed in nearby Stylman Road and was treated by paramedics at the scene.

Sadly he was pronounced dead at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital shortly afterwards. A post mortem is due to take place on Friday.

A second man, 36-year-old Ian Burgess, was stabbed in the forearm and required hospital treatment for this injury.

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Police officers were on the scene within minutes. The area was sealed off overnight for forensic enquiries and a number of key witnesses have already been spoken to.

Norfolk Constabulary's Major Investigation Team is carrying out a detailed investigation led by Det Chf Insp Jes Fry.

Mr Fry said: “An investigation team has been established and we are currently making a large number of enquiries in relation to this incident.

“Clearly Mr Cushing's death has been a complete tragedy for his family and the incident has caused widespread concern among local people.

“I would like to reassure members of the public that a detailed and robust investigation is underway and we have made an early arrest.

”Officers from the local Bowthorpe community team will be giving this area particular focus over the next few days.”

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