Grays man arrested over Southend murder

DETECTIVES investigating the murder of Albert Williams in Southend last year have made further arrests.

A 34-year-old man from Grays was arrested at his work address in Sutton Road, Southend, shortly before 7am today (Thursday, January 28) in connection with the murder investigation. He was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to burgle.

A second man, aged 43, and from Westcliff, was also rearrested on suspicion of murder and burglary at his home address in Westcliff this morning.

He was arrested last year and was on bail. Both men are currently being questioned by detectives.

Mr Williams, who was aged 67, was found dead at his flat in Cedar Close, Southend on Saturday, August 8.

His body was discovered when fire crews were called to deal with a fire at the flat. A forensic post mortem established that he had been assaulted and died of internal injuries.

DI Danny Stoten is leading the investigation into Mr Williams’ murder.

He said: "Albert Williams was a vulnerable man who lived alone in Southend. He enjoyed his own company and had a love of gardening. He was attacked and then murdered in his own home last year. This was a senseless attack. I believe there are people out there who know who did this. We believe that the answers to this murder lie within the local community of Southend. I would urge anyone that knows anything, no matter how small to contact the incident room on 01279 621802 or by calling 101. People can also give information to Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555 111.”

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