Right; CCTV image of Mr Wyard from the Royal George which shows the clothes he was wearing that evening.
Detectives have launched a murder inquiry and made an arrest in connection with the death of a man found unconscious outside his Ipswich home last summer. This weekend marks the first anniversary of the incident and officers are making renewed appeals for anyone with information to come forward.
At 7.15am on Friday 20 July 2018, Clive Wyard, aged 74, was found collapsed on his driveway in Valley Road. He had left the Royal George public house on Colchester Road shortly after midnight, embarking on the approximately 20-minute walk home to his property, which was near to the junction of Westerfield Road.
He had sustained injuries to his head and face, including black eyes, a split cleft lip, a further cut to his lip, a deep cut to his cheek and other cuts to his body. He was taken to Ipswich Hospital where he sadly died 12 days later.
A post mortem examination concluded that Mr Wyard died as a result of a severe head injury, having sustained a skull fracture and a bleed on the brain.
Following an exhaustive inquiry into the circumstances surrounding Mr Wyard’s death by the Joint Norfolk and Suffolk Major Investigation Team, it is now being treated as a homicide.
A 32-year-old man from Ipswich has been arrested on suspicion of murder by detectives investigating Mr Wyard’s death. He was brought into police custody for questioning and subsequently released under investigation in connection with this incident, but is currently serving a prison term for an unrelated offence.
Officers are renewing appeals for anyone with information about Mr Wyard’s death to come forward. In particular anyone who may have seen him walking along Colchester Road or Valley Road and any witnesses who believe they saw anyone else along this route, or acting suspiciously in the vicinity of his home near the roundabout junction with Westerfield Road.
Detective Inspector Lewis Craske, of the Major Investigation Team, said: “A year has now passed since Clive Wyard was discovered unconscious on his driveway and we remain as determined as ever to bring closure for his family and uncover the truth of what happened to him in the early hours of that morning.
“We have made considerable progress with the investigation and have gathered sufficient evidence for us to believe that Clive was the victim of a crime.
“As such, this is now a murder inquiry and we continue to appeal for anyone with information about Clive’s death to come forward.
“It is likely whoever attacked Clive may have shown a noticeable change in their behaviour, particularly on either the day he was discovered on his driveway, or when his death was confirmed to the public on Wednesday 8 August.
“If anyone does believe they may know something about Clive’s tragic death, however small it may seem, then I would appeal directly to their conscience to come forward and do the right thing for the sake of his children and grandchildren.”
Clive’s children have asked us to issue the following statement on their behalf: “Our father was one of a kind and was cruelly taken from us. Life will never be the same but we urge anyone who knows anything to please report it. Sometimes the smallest piece of information can be the biggest. Truth and justice is what we want.” Desmond, Jo and Jackie.
Clive Wyard’s final movements between 19 and 20 July 2018 are as follows:
He had been at the Royal George public house on Colchester Road on the evening of Thursday 19 July, which was something he regularly did on a Thursday night to meet friends and play darts.
He left that premises on foot between 12.15am and 12.20am on Friday 20 July and was captured on CCTV a few minutes later walking past a property slightly further along Colchester Road, in the direction of Sidegate Lane West.
There is then further CCTV footage of him walking along Valley Road at 12.37am and at this point he had only about another 200 yards to go until he reached his home address. The entire distance from the Royal George to his property is just under one mile.
Mr Wyard was white, 5ft 9in tall, of medium build, with grey hair and a grey goatie beard. He was wearing jeans and a light grey zip hooded top. A CCTV image of him obtained from the Royal George - which shows the clothes he was wearing that evening - is being reissued by police.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Major Investigation Team by using the police portal which can be accessed online here:
https://mipp.police.uk/operation/363718M64-PO2or by calling 101 and quoting Op Rufforth.
Alternatively contact the charity Crimestoppers 100% anonymously on 0800 555 111, or via their online form at: www.crimestoppers-uk.org
Call us on: 101 In an
https://felixstowedocker.blogspot.com/2018/07/witness-appeal-to-suspected-ipswich.html always dial 999
Clive Wyard's children Des, Jo, and Jackie would like to send out this notice to all his dear past colleagues, work mates, and friends.
"We are finally able to provide an update on the police investigation into Dad’s death. The Norfolk Major Investigation Team in Wymondham have been working hard since September 2018, and on the 10th May, a day before Dad’s birthday, they arrested a man on the suspicion of Dad’s murder. The police interviewed the suspect for 2 days and then released the man back into prison under investigation, pending further enquiries. The suspect was already in prison serving time due to a separate conviction. It tears us apart to think Dad was attacked, but we always knew it was never a fall." Clive's children have known for sometime that there was a strong suspect, but have not been able to tell anyone. They carry on in hope that the truth will come out and justice will be served.