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Summary

  1. Updates on Monday, 6 June 2016
  2. Police reveal Peter Stuart, found dead near his home at Weybread, near Harleston, died of multiple stab wounds
  3. His wife Sylvia is missing - police say there is a possibility she is still alive but that hopes are "reducing with the passage of time"
  4. Officers say they are searching for a "bladed weapon"
  5. Police issue picture of Ali Qazimaj, 42, who they want to trace on suspicion of murder of Mr Stuart and in connection with the disappearance of Mrs Stuart
  6. Police are examining Mr Qazimaj's car, found overnight in Dover
  7. Officers are continuing to question another man, named today as Steve Paxman, 61, of Leicester, on suspicion of Mr Stuart's murder
  8. Updates resume at 08:00 on Tuesday

Live Reporting

By Philippa Taylor

All times stated are UK

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That's it for today's coverage of the Weybread murder

We're signing off for the day now, but we'll be back in the morning from 08:00 to bring you the very latest in the search for missing Weybread woman Sylvia Stuart.

Don't forget you can scroll down to follow all the updates we've brought you during the day.

Thanks for joining us.

Forensic officers searching woodland
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BreakingBefore we shut down for the evening...

We've just had this release sent to us by Suffolk Police:

Police officers investigating the murder of Peter Stuart have been granted additional time to question a man arrested in connection with the incident.

The 61-year-old man from Leicester was arrested by officers at around 8.30am on Sunday 5 June and will remain in custody for further questioning following a Superintendent's extension.

Sylvia and Peter Stuart of Mill Lane in Weybread were reported missing to police on Friday 3 June. Enquiries in the area led to the discovery of the body of a man in woodland surrounding the property later that evening. 

A post-mortem examination of the body has confirmed the man died as a result of multiple stab wounds. The body has this afternoon been formally identified as Peter Stuart.

Officers are continuing urgent enquiries to locate Sylvia Stuart who remains missing.

Needham Market manager 'knew right away' he wanted Richard Wilkins to join club

Ben Parker

BBC Suffolk sport

Richard Wilkins will join Needham Market FC as assistant manager on a two-year contract, it was confirmed this weekend.

Richard Wilkins
BBC

Needham manager Mark Morsley told BBC Suffolk that he contacted Wilkins just a day after the former Bury Town boss left Leiston.

Morsley said: "I knew right away that when he became available he'd be the man to be involved in what we're trying to achieve at Needham."

Overnight weather: Mainly dry with long clear spells

Julie Reinger

BBC Look East weather

The evening will be dry with plenty of sunshine. Later on, some areas of low cloud and mist will spread back in from the North Sea, although for many areas  it will be a dry night with long clear spells, and lows of 9C (48F).

Tuesday's weather map
BBC

After some early mist and cloud tomorrow, it'll be another warm day with plenty of sunshine. There's a slight risk of showers, which could turn heavy and thundery. Top temperature: 23C (73F) but cooler on the coast.

Get the full forecast where you live from BBC Weather.

Strong display from Ipswich Witches

Ben Parker

BBC Suffolk sport

Ipswich Witches put in a strong display on Saturday to beat Redcar 61-32 at Foxhall in the Premier League.

Ritchie Hawkins
Stephen Waller

Captain Danny King top-scored with a paid maximum, with Nico Covatti also performing well.

Team manager Ritchie Hawkins (pictured) told the team website: "All the boys pulled their finger out like they needed to and got a result for the fans in a dominant display. 

"It was a lot better but we have got to keep working hard and make sure we perform the same as that every week."

Coles and Mountain guide Fen Tigers to victory

Newmarket Journal

An eventful afternoon at Mildenhall on Sunday saw the Fen Tigers throw away a number of point-scoring opportunities in the opening nine heats against Buxton, before some levity was introduced to proceedings by the impressive Connor Coles and Connor Mountain in what was a 51-38 win.

Mildenhall Fen Tigers
Newmarket Journal

Ipswich Town sign Portsmouth defender Adam Webster and Matt Clarke goes other way

BBC Sport

Ipswich have signed Portsmouth defender Adam Webster for a fee believed to be about £750,000, with defender Matt Clarke going the other way.

Adam Webster (L)
Getty Images

Webster, 21, (pictured left) made 81 appearances for Pompey, having made his debut in 2012 against West Ham in the Championship.

The fee is a record for a player under Town boss Mick McCarthy and Webster has signed a three-year contract.

State of Ganges mast 'makes you want to cry' says local councillor

Kelly McCormack

BBC Radio Suffolk

"It's sad, isn't it? Makes you want to cry," was one Shotley parish councillor's comment on the state of the mast at HMS Ganges in Shotley.

Ganges mast
Sky Cam East

Dickie Doyle told BBC Suffolk: "Any Ganges boy would weep if they came to see it. 

"We wonder what will happen to it. I know promises are made but I always work on the assumption promises are made to be broken."

Future of former HMS Ganges base still uncertain, 40 years after closure

Forty years after the HMS Ganges naval training base closed, the future of the site on the Shotley Peninsula remains uncertain.

HMS Ganges
BBC

Plans for a development of 285 homes by Galliard Homes were approved by Babergh District Council in 2013.

Woolverstone Parish Council lodged an application for a judicial review on the grounds that traffic flows on the B1456 had not been fully taken into consideration.

The hearing is due to take place next month.

Friends had been passing round air gun, inquest hears

Andrew Woodger

BBC News

A statement from Suffolk Police, which was read out at the inquest into the death of Benjamin Wragge, says: "A group of friends appeared to have been passing an air weapon around inside a house on Old Post Office Lane in Thurston, and a pellet had hit the left side of the dead boy's neck."

Scene of incident in Thurston
BBC

Local people tried to administer first aid until the emergency services arrived, but the 13-year-old was confirmed dead at the West Suffolk Hospital.

Police have interviewed the boy's friends, and inquiries are continuing. The inquest was adjourned until 28 November.

West Suffolk teenager died after being hit in neck by an air gun pellet

Let's catch up with other news now. An inquest has heard that a 13-year-old boy from Great Ashfield died after being hit in the neck with an air gun pellet.

Benjamin Wragge
BBC

Benjamin Wragge was shot at a friend's house in Thurston on 1 May, and was confirmed dead at the West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds.

A post-mortem examination confirmed the cause of death was from injuries received from being hit by a pellet.

Stuart family 'came from Essex', says neighbour

Andrew Woodger

BBC News

Steve Pickess, who owns a caravan site near the Stuarts' home in Weybread, said he wasn't sure what Mr Stuart's line of work was, but "he was always trying to sell me building bits and pieces such as old window frames".

He said the couple and their family "came from Essex". Investigations are still taking place near their home in Mill Lane.

Fence
BBC

Mr Pickess said he had not spoken to the couple's son-in-law, who is still being questioned on suspicion of murder, telling me he'd "only ever waved" at Steve Paxman.

Watch: Search for missing Weybread woman

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

Police say about 30 officers are involved in the search for Sylvia Stuart, but that the figure changes by the hour.

They say their prime concern is for her well-being, but admit hopes of finding her alive are diminishing.

A police investigation continues to try to find a missing woman from Weybread

Police presence remains in Weybread

As you can see from these pictures, signs of the police presence in Weybread are everywhere this afternoon.

Some areas of woodland remain cordoned off, and there's a police car near Peter and Sylvia Stuart's home in Mill Lane.

Weybread police car
BBC
Weybread crime scene
BBC

Police 'working 18-hour days' looking for Sylvia Stuart

Det Ch Supt Simon Parkes of Suffolk Police has tweeted:

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Sylvia Stuart always 'quiet in the background', says neighbour

Andrew Woodger

BBC News

The owner of a caravan site about 300yds from Peter and Sylvia Stuart's home in Weybread said he used to chat to Mr Stuart on a fairly regular basis.

"I knew Peter from when I used to take a daily walk down the lane," Steve Pickess said. "We used to chat, but I wouldn't say I knew the couple particularly well."

Caravan park
BBC

Mr Pickess, who owns the Orchard Cottage Camping and Caravan Site, said he "never spoke" to Mrs Stuart, who "was always very quiet in the background".  

Newspaper photo shows Weybread couple with arrested son-in-law

Richard Haugh

BBC News

While searching for information about Steve Paxman earlier I came across this photo from 2013, which shows him alongside his in-laws, Sylvia and Peter Stuart.

Sylvia Stuart, Peter Stuart and Steve Paxman
Diss Express

The Diss Express wrote an article about how "disgruntled residents" from Weybread had gone weeks without a phone service.

Mr Paxman, pictured right, has been arrested on suspicion of murdering his father-in-law, Mr Stuart. The whereabouts of Sylvia Stuart are still unknown.

Weybread murder 'totally unexpected'

Andrew Woodger

BBC News

A neighbour of Peter and Sylvia Stuart, who did not wish to be identified, told me Mill Lane was "a very quiet" place to live.

"We go out and leave the doors open usually, so it's totally unexpected to have the police and media here," I was told. "The couple have lived there for about 10 years. I'd say hello to them but no more than that.

"The couple's daughter and son-in-law used to live next door with their child. They bred dogs, possibly Alsatians.

"They moved to Leicester about a year ago and were here visiting the weekend before last."

Meanwhile... in Weybread

Andrew Woodger

BBC News

Police forensic teams are continuing to search the house of Peter and Sylvia Stuart in Weybread.

There's police tape in the woodland next to the house, where it's believed Mr Stuart's body was found.

As well as a strong police presence, there are also about eight media vehicles parked nearby. 

Woodland in Weybread
BBC

Police have until 18:30 to question murder suspect

Kelly McCormack

BBC Radio Suffolk

Steve Paxman, the 61-year-old man from Leicester arrested on suspicion of the murder of Peter Stuart, was formally booked into police custody yesterday afternoon. 

This means the 24-hour period, after which police must either charge him, release him or apply for longer to question him, will expire today at 18:30. 

If necessary, police can then apply for a superintendent's extension of 12 hours.

After that officers will have to go to magistrates to ask for extra time.

Martlesham Police Investigation Centre
Suffolk Police

Murder investigation spans large area

Investigations into the murder of Peter Stuart and the disappearance of his wife Sylvia have spanned a large area of England.

Mr Stuart was found dead near the couple's home at Weybread, near Harleston, on the Norfolk-Suffolk border on Friday evening.

Police subsequently arrested the couple's son-in-law Steve Paxman, 61, of Leicester. This morning they revealed they were searching for another man, Ali Qazimaj, 42, of Thurrock, Essex.

Map showing Leicester, Weybread, Thurrock and Dover
BBC

Police found his silver Citroen A3 car in Athol Terrace, a residential street in Dover, at about midnight last night, and have taken it for forensic examination "in the hope of finding Sylvia".

Dover map
BBC

Weybread murder: What we've learned this morning

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

Here's a reminder of the new information we've received today regarding the murder of Peter Stuart, and the disappearance of his wife Sylvia, from Weybread:

  • Ali Qazimaj is named as a suspect in the case. His car was discovered overnight at Athol Terrace, Dover (pictured).
  • The identity of the man arrested yesterday on suspicion of murder is revealed as Steve Paxman, 61, from Leicester, son-in-law of Mr and Mrs Stuart.
  • Post-mortem examination reveals Mr Stuart died as a result of "multiple stab wounds".
  • Police say while hopes for Mrs Stuart's safety reduce with the passage of time, "there remains the possibility she is still alive".
  • Det Ch Supt Simon Parkes says police believe Mr Qazimaj is from the former Yugoslavia, and while he may have gone abroad, "there's a possibility he's in the Dover area, or elsewhere in Kent or the UK".
Athol Terrace, Dover
Google

BreakingMan arrested yesterday is son-in-law of Weybread couple

It's been revealed that Steve Paxman, who is currently being questioned on suspicion of the murder of Peter Stuart, is the son-in-law of Mr Stuart and his wife Sylvia.

Police say about 30 officers are searching for Sylvia Stuart

Richard Haugh

BBC News

Following this morning's press conference, Det Ch Supt Simon Parkes told us that about 30 officers are involved in the search for Sylvia Stuart, but it "changes by the hour".

Public urged 'not to approach' Weybread suspect Ali Qazimaj

Det Ch Supt Simon Parkes says police are "actively working to find Ali Qazimaj and determine his movements since Saturday 28 May", adding that they want anyone with information to contact them "as soon as possible".

The public is urged not to approach him, adding: "If you see him please call 999 immediately".

Mr Azimaj's car was discovered in Athol Terrace, Dover, Kent at about midnight last night.

The 61-year-old man arrested is still in custody.

Further clarification on possible whereabouts of Ali Qazimaj

Richard Haugh

BBC News

In an interview with BBC Look East, Det Ch Supt Simon Parkes has confirmed police believe suspect Ali Qazimaj is from the former Yugoslavia, adding that he may not have gone abroad as had been thought.

"There's still a possibility he's in the Dover area or elsewhere in Kent or the UK," he said.

Look East interview with police
BBC

Search continues for 'bladed weapon'

Richard Haugh

BBC News

Police, who earlier confirmed that Peter Stuart died "as a result of multiple stab wounds", have revealed that they are continuing to look for a "bladed weapon".

Det Ch Supt Simon Parkes says he's not sure of the nationality of Ali Qazimaj, but says he's possibly from the former Yugoslavia.

The press conference has now finished.

Police 'not prepared to comment' on whether there'd been a struggle at Stuart home

Richard Haugh

BBC News

Asked whether there had been a struggle at the house of Peter and Sylvia Stuart, Det Ch Supt Simon Parkes said: "I'm not prepared to comment on that."

He said Mr Stuart's daughter and son-in-law had visited Weybread over the Bank Holiday weekend.

'We remain hopeful' of finding Sylvia Stuart, say police

Richard Haugh

BBC News

Det Ch Supt Simon Parkes has said police "remain hopeful" of finding Sylvia Stuart.

He said there's "very little" he can say about Ali Qazimaj but he believes there was a connection to the family.

He confirmed there was a thought Mr Qazimaj had gone abroad, and police are working with other forces here and abroad.

Weybread murder: Press conference is under way

Richard Haugh

BBC News

This is the scene at police headquarters at Martlesham where the Weybread press conference has just begun.

Press conference
BBC

Possibility remains that Sylvia Stuart is alive, say police

Police say they're continuing to conduct searches in Weybread for Sylvia Stuart, as well as making further inquiries.

Det Ch Supt Simon Parkes added: "Whilst our hopes for Sylvia's safety are reducing with the passage of time, there remains the possibility that she is still alive."

Hopes for Sylvia Stuart's safety are 'reducing with the passage of time' say police

Richard Haugh

BBC News

Here's the press release that Suffolk Police have just issued:

Police press release page 1
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Press release page 2
BBC

Peter Stuart 'died from multiple stab wounds' say police

Richard Haugh

BBC News

A news release from Suffolk Police says Peter Stuart "died as a result of multiple stab wounds".

Steve Paxman being questioned on suspicion of murder

The man being questioned on suspicion of the murder of Peter Stuart is Steve Paxman, the BBC understands.

Mr Paxman, 61, from Leicester, is being questioned by detectives.

Officers found the body of Peter Stuart in Weybread, near Harleston, Norfolk, on Friday night, after he and his wife Sylvia were reported missing.  

Cameramen prepare for press conference

Richard Haugh

BBC News

Here at police headquarters at Martlesham, cameramen are setting up ahead of the press conference.

Press conference cameramen
BBC

Weybread murder: Press conference about to start

Richard Haugh

BBC News

Suffolk Police is holding a press conference at 11:00 about the investigation into the discovery of Peter Stuart's body in Weybread, and the continued search for his wife, Sylvia.

Officers are continuing to question a 61-year-old man from Leicester, who was arrested on suspicion of murder, and this morning they issued a photograph and the name of a man they want to trace, Ali Qazimaj, in connection with the inquiry.

I'm at police headquarters at Martlesham and will be posting live updates.

Police HQ
BBC

Police have been 'brilliant', says Weybread Parish Council chairman

The chairman of Weybread Parish Council says the disappearance of Sylvia Stuart "makes you feel you want to check all your garden sheds and check the area around".

He added: "The police have been brilliant and we have to leave it in in their hands."

Police tape
BBC

Weybread murder: How national papers are reporting the story

The Daily Telegraph carries the story: "Police are hunting for a missing line-dancing enthusiast after her elderly husband was found dead in woodland yards from their home."

A report in The Guardian has the headline: "Police investigating death of elderly man and disappearance of his wife arrest man from Leicester."

The Leicester Mercury reports: "A 61-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murdering a pensioner whose body was found dumped in woodland near to his home."

Police cars in Weybread
BBC

Weybread murder: How local papers are reporting the story

This is how the story of the murder of Weybread man Peter Stuart, and the disappearance of his wife Sylvia is being reported locally:

  • The East Anglian Daily Times and the Ipswich Star both report: "A large-scale search for a missing Suffolk woman is continuing today as police question a man in connection with the murder of her husband."
  • The Diss Express says: "A 61-year-old man, who was arrested in connection with the murder of a Weybread man, remains in police custody this evening (Sunday)."
Forensic officers searching woodland
BBC