Police appeal for help to trace Pyotr Melaniuk in connection with murder in Suffolk

Police are renewing their appeal in help to trace a 28-year-old man who is wanted for questioning in connection with the murder of 66-year-oldPeter Avis at his home address in Bury St Edmunds on Friday 13 January.

Enquiries into the incident are continuing and detectives are now keen to question 28-year-old Pyotr Melaniuk in connection with the incident.

Pyoytr Melaniuk, who is Polish, is known to reside and have associates in the Tottenham, Hackney and Stoke Newington areas of North London and over the next few days officers will be continuing with their enquiries in that area and putting up posters in shops, on notice boards and within local communities.

The posters have been produced in English and Polish in order for both communities to be hep with this investigation.

Pyotr Melaniuk is also thought to go by the names Irek Marciewicz, Pyotr Kelaniuil, Kamil Wislak and Ireneusz Melaniuk. He is described as white, 5'6" tall, slim to medium build, with short hair. A distinguishing feature
is that the two middle fingers of his right hand above the knuckles are missing together with the thumb from the same hand. He also has tattoos on his hands and a spider tattoo on his right arm.

Melaniuk is also known to have connections in Brighton and whilst it is thought that he could be in either of these areas it is possible that he could be elsewhere in the country.

Extensive enquiries have been undertaken together with the assistance of others forces to locate and apprehend Melaniuk, but detectives are now renewing their appeal in help from the public in a bid to locate him.

Detective Superintendent Julian Gregory, Head of the Norfolk and Suffolk Major Investigation Team, said;

"We would like to hear from anyone who may have seen Melaniuk recently or, more importantly, anyone with information about where he is now.  I would stress that if anyone does see Melaniuk or someone they suspect to be him, they should not approach him but should call police immediately using 999 if necessary. We would like to reassure the public that we are working closely with other forces to apprehend this man as soon as possible."

Officers are asking anyone who may have seen him or who may have information about where he is now to call the Norfolk and Suffolk Major Investigation Team on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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