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Man's death sparks murder probe

PUBLISHED: 13:33 19 July 2008 | UPDATED: 07:32 01 August 2010

DETECTIVES have launched a murder inquiry after a 58-year-old man was found dead at his home in Haddiscoe.

The victim has been named locally as Roy Haynes, a father of four who lived on Rectory Road.

DETECTIVES have launched a murder inquiry after a 58-year-old man was found dead at his home in Haddiscoe.

The victim has been named locally as Roy Haynes, a father of four who lived on Rectory Road.

A 20-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder and was last night being questioned. He was being held in custody at Yarmouth police station.

Police were called to the address at about 10.15am yesterday after receiving reports of a man who had been found in the driveway. He was initially treated by paramedics at the scene but they could not save his life and he was pronounced dead shortly after.

Andrew Sumner, 39, who lived two houses away from Mr Haynes, said he had been at home yesterday morning but had not heard anything.

He said: “The first thing I heard was when the ambulance turned up. The paramedic turned up first and the police shortly after. They have been here ever since. It's a shame, he was a nice guy. You don't expect this sort of thing. It's very quiet, we've never had any trouble.”

Mr Sumner, who has lived on Rectory Road for 10 years, said Mr Haynes had been involved in the community and had been on the “StoPit” committee which was campaigning to stop a gravel extraction pit being created in Haddiscoe.

Rosemary Goodwin, Mr Haynes' neighbour, was not at home when the incident happened.

She said: “They are a very nice family, nice children. They would do anything for you. Since he retired early, he's been in his garden a lot - he kept himself to himself.”

Mrs Goodwin said Mr Haynes and his wife Sue had lived on Rectory Road for about 14 years, they had two sons and two daughters, who had left home.

Last night police were staging door to door enquiries.

A spokesman said: “At this time the property remains sealed off while forensic teams carry out an examination of the scene and enquiries into the incident are continuing. A murder enquiry has been launched by Norfolk constabulary's major investigation team.”

The coroner has been informed and a post-mortem will be held in due course.

Anyone who has any information about this incident should contact 0845 4564567 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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