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Man who died after stabbing is named by police

A man who died following a stabbing in Bury St Edmunds at the weekend is being named by police.

Officers were called at 3.55am in the early hours of Sunday 20th June, to reports that a man had been seriously injured following an incident on Winsford Road in the town.

Police located a man in his 40s in the road having sustained a serious stab wound. The victim was taken to Addenbrooke’s Hospital by ambulance but sadly died as a result of his injury.

Subject to confirmation at formal inquest proceedings, the deceased has been identified as Neil Charles, aged 47, of Bury St Edmunds.

A Home Office post-mortem examination was carried out on Thursday 24 June and concluded that Mr Charles died as a result of a single stab wound to the chest. 

Specially trained Family Liaison Officers are engaged with the family of Mr Charles.

Detectives believe this was an isolated incident and as such, there is not any wider threat to the local community.

Shortly after the incident, on Sunday 20 June, police arrested a man in his 50s on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm and he was taken to Bury St Edmunds Police Investigation Centre for questioning. Later that day, a second man aged in his teens was also arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm and was also taken into custody.

Both men have been released on police bail until Tuesday 13 July and Friday 16 July respectively, pending further enquiries.

Any witnesses, or anyone with information about this incident, is asked to contact the Major Investigation Team via the online portal here:

Or by calling 101 quoting reference 32846/21.