Police make second arrest in connection with a murder of Karl Skoulding

Detectives investigating the murder of a man in Bury St Edmunds have made a second arrest.

Police were called at 3pm on Tuesday 26 April, by a member of the public who believed a stabbing had taken place at a car park in Harland Court, off Station Hill.

Officers were immediately sent to the area and located a man and a woman within a flat who had both sustained stab wounds. 43 year old Karl Skoulding, from Bury St Edmunds, was declared deceased shortly after officers arrived.

Photo released by the family of Karl Skoulding who was murdered in Bury St Edmunds on Tuesday, 26 April.

A Home Office post mortem examination took place yesterday afternoon, Wednesday 27 April, and established multiple stab wounds to have caused his death. Detectives are treating his death as murder.

At just after 3.30pm on Tuesday, a 38-year-old man was detained by officers in the vicinity of St John’s Street in Bury St Edmunds in connection with the incident. He was arrested on suspicion of murder and taken to Bury St Edmunds Police Investigation Centre for questioning.

At Ipswich Magistrates’ Court this morning, Thursday 28 April, detectives made an application for a warrant of further detention and they have been granted an additional 31 hours to question the suspect.

Earlier this morning, at approximately 3:50am, detectives made a second arrest in connection with the incident. A 17-year-old boy from Ipswich was arrested on suspicion of murder and taken to Martlesham Police Investigation Centre for questioning.

Officers from the Major Investigation Team are still establishing the exact circumstances of the incident and forensic enquiries are on-going as well as a detailed trawl of CCTV footage.

Police believe that the parties involved were all known to one another and additional officers will have a visible presence in the area over the coming days to offer reassurance to residents.

The female victim – also aged in her 40s – remains in a critical condition in hospital.

Detectives continuing to appeal for any witnesses to the attack and would like to hear from anyone who was in the vicinity of Harland Court between 2pm and 3pm.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Major Investigation Team, either by using the online portal: https://mipp.police.uk/getForms/363721O03-PO1/363721O03-PF1 or by calling 101 and quoting reference: 37/24952/22.