Lincolnshire

Janusz Smoderek murder police search Boston properties

Stephen Anthony Sleaford
Image caption Members of the public have been urged not to approach Stephen Sleaford

Police searching for a man wanted in connection with a murder in Lincolnshire have searched two properties in Boston.

Officers want to question 37-year-old Stephen Sleaford about the death of Janusz Smoderek, a 48-year-old Polish man found dead in a garden a week ago.

Detectives searched the properties in the town on Friday but no arrests were made.

A man matching Sleaford's description has been identified on CCTV footage.

The suspect is 5ft 6in (1.52m) tall, of average build with brown hair that is greying at the sides and is "known to police", said the force.

The Boston man has an East Anglian accent, brown eyes and may be wearing glasses.

He is heavily tattooed on his hands and arms and also has distinctive tattoos on his neck including a Leeds United Division 1 champions rosette.

Image caption It is believed Mr Sleaford was wearing a distinctive red and black jacket on the night of the incident

It is not known if he has remained in the area or has gone further afield.

Det Ch Insp Stuart Gibbon, leading the investigation, said anyone who saw Mr Sleaford should contact police or Crimestoppers.

He said a woman who was present when the altercation took place has been traced but police were keen to identify a second man who was with Mr Sleaford.

The second man was white but there was no detailed description of him, police said.

Det Ch Insp Gibbon urged people to use caution in speculating about the murder on social networking sites, after what he described as "a number of irresponsible comments which are wholly inaccurate and not helpful to the investigation".

Mr Smoderek, who was married and lived in the Revesby Avenue area of Boston, is understood to have worked at a local vegetable packing firm.

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