Police in fresh appeal over Folkestone car park murder

Tim Clayton
Image caption Tim Clayton's family said he would go out of his way to help other people

Police investigating the murder of a man found injured in a car park have appealed for anyone who knew or saw him in the week before to come forward.

Tim Clayton, 45, was sleeping in the car park of Europa House, in Pound Way, Folkestone, Kent, when he was assaulted at about 03:30 GMT on 9 November.

Officers said an "indistinct" CCTV image showed a person walking nearby at about 03:00 GMT using a smartphone.

The father-of-two died in hospital from serious head injuries the next day.

'Always smiling'

Det Ch Insp Paul Fotheringham, of Kent Police, urged the person seen on CCTV to contact the force as they could have information relevant to the inquiry.

"We would also like to speak to those who talked to or met Mr Clayton in the week before he died," he said.

"Don't hold back if you had contact with Mr Clayton or were out and about in Folkestone on that Friday night into the Saturday morning."

Mr Clayton was born and brought up in the Folkestone area.

His daughter Jessica, 22, said he was "always smiling".

"We all knew he had his demons but despite what was going on in his life, he would always go out of his way to help other people."

Brian Sharp, 54, of Manor Road, Folkestone, has been charged with his murder and is next due to appear at Canterbury Crown Court on 10 March.

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