Suffolk jeweller dies after violent burglary

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Two men arrested after Collins & Son’s Peter Avis was fatally stabbed.

Suffolk jeweller Peter Avis, who owned Collins & Son, has been killed after he was stabbed during what Suffolk Police believe to be a burglary.

Avis, who was aged just 66, was found dead in the flat above his jewellery shop in Bury St Edmunds on Friday morning.

Avis’ family released a statement through Suffolk Police. It read: “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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Police have since arrested two men. A 34-year-old man was arrested on Friday on suspicion of murder and is still in custody, while a 30-year-old man was detained in north London on Sunday also on suspicion of murder and is now facing questioning in Suffolk.

Although the thieves have been apprehended, the jewellery stolen during the burglary is still missing and police are keen to track it down.

Detective Chief Inspector Neil Luckett said: “[Avis] was a vulnerable man and the motive appears to have been a burglary that then involved an assault on him and the use of a weapon. Someone must know who did this and must be aware of where the jewellery and other items stolen during the incident are now.”

If any jewellers have information that they feel will help the police with this case please contact the Major Investigation Team at Suffolk Police on 101.

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