Bury St Edmunds jeweller death: Pyotr Melaniuk sought by police

Pyotr Melaniuk Pyotr Melaniuk is being sought as part of the murder inquiry

A man wanted in connection with the death of a jeweller who was stabbed in Suffolk could be in Brighton or north London, police have said.

The body of Peter Avis, 66, was found on 13 January above Collis and Son in Abbeygate Street, Bury St Edmunds.

Police said officers wanted to talk to Polish man Pyotr Melaniuk, 28, who is 5ft 6in (1.68m) and slim.

Kamil Kita, 20, of no fixed address, was due before Ipswich magistrates earlier, charged with murder.

Det Supt Julian Gregory, of Suffolk Police, 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."

Missing fingers

Mr Melaniuk is also thought to go by the names Irek Marciewicz, Pyotr Kelaniuil, Kamil Wislak and Ireneusz Melaniuk, a spokesman said.

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

The two middle fingers of his right hand above the knuckles are missing, as is the thumb on the same hand. He also has tattoos on his hands and a spider tattoo on his right arm.

Two men have been charged with burglary and five other people have been arrested in connection with the case.

Pawel Borowiecki, 30, from Roslyn Road, London, and Pawel Pacian, 34, of Lake Avenue, Bury St Edmunds, appeared before magistrates in Bury St Edmunds last week, charged with conspiracy to commit burglary.

They were remanded in custody to appear at Ipswich Crown Court at a later date.

Three people - an 18-year-old man arrested on suspicion of murder and conspiracy to commit burglary, and a 26-year-old man and a 27-year-old woman, arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit burglary - have been bailed until 20 March.

A 34-year-old man and a 30-year-old man arrested on suspicion of murder are due to return to Ipswich Police police station on 27 and 20 March respectively.

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