Bury St Edmunds jeweller stabbing: three more arrested

Police on Higher Baxter Street, Bury St Edmunds
Image caption Peter Avis was found dead at his home above the Collis and Son shop in Abbeygate Street

Detectives investigating the fatal stabbing of a jewellery shop owner have arrested two more men and a woman.

The body of Peter Avis, 66, was found at his home above the Collis and Son shop in Abbeygate Street, Bury St Edmunds, on the morning of 13 January.

An 18-year-old man from Bury was arrested earlier on suspicion of murder and conspiracy to commit burglary.

A 26-year-old man and a 27-year-old woman were also arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit burglary.

Police carried out a searches at an address in Lark Avenue, Bury, earlier.

The area remains cordoned off as officers examine the home.

The arrests bring the total number of people being held to five.

'Eccentric but gentle'

A 34-year-old man was arrested in London on suspicion of murder on Friday night.

A 30-year-old man was also arrested on suspicion of murder in north London on Sunday.

Both remain in custody at Martlesham Police Investigation Centre.

Officers believe Mr Avis was stabbed during a burglary. A post-mortem examination revealed he had died from stab wounds.

In a statement issued by Suffolk Police, Mr Avis' family said: "Peter Avis was rather eccentric but a gentle, old-fashioned and private man.

"His life centred on his shop and flat. Due to this he was, perhaps, extremely vulnerable. We are all devastated by this sad news."

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