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MURDER INVESTIGATION: Images of car driven by Ali Qazimai released by police investigating Weybread couple disappearance

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The car left by Ali Qazimaj at Athol Terrace, Dover ANL-160906-105540001
The car left by Ali Qazimaj at Athol Terrace, Dover ANL-160906-105540001

This is the car used by Ali Qazimaj, the man police want to trace in connection with the disappearance of Sylvia Stuart and the murder of her husband Peter in Weybread.

Suffolk detectives are currently liaising with international law enforcement agencies in a bid to trace Ali Qazimaj, 42, who has been living in the Tilbury area of Essex.

Sylvia and Peter Stuart, of Weybread.
Sylvia and Peter Stuart, of Weybread.

After he was identified as a suspect in the investigation on Sunday, 5 June, police immediately began enquiries to locate him. With the assistance of officers in Kent, his vehicle – a Citroen C3 bearing the registration KR06 GHU - was found in Athol Terrace in Dover around midnight Sunday 5 into Monday 6 June.

Police have received reliable information which places Qazimaj at the Port of Dover Ferry Terminal at around 6.30pm on Saturday 4 June. It is believed that he then boarded a passenger ferry, unaccompanied and as a foot passenger, to Calais in France soon after 7pm. Enquiries nationally and internationally continue to locate him.

Detectives know he had previously used the alias of Marco Costa. It is believed he came to the UK following the conflict in Yugoslavia and further work is being done to find out more about his background, his movements between the last sightings of the Stuarts at Pulham Market in Norfolk on Sunday 29 May and him leaving the country on Saturday 4 June, and to locate him.

As part of these enquiries officers are asking anyone who may have seen his vehicle in Suffolk or Essex between these dates to come forward.

Police are continuing to appeal for further information to help them understand more about him as they continue to search for Sylvia.

Sylvia and Peter Stuart of Mill Lane in Weybread were reported missing to police on Friday 3 June. Enquiries in the area led to the discovery of the body of Peter in woodland surrounding the property later that evening. A post mortem investigation into the death confirmed that he had died from multiple stab wounds.

Detective Chief Superintendent Simon Parkes said: “We are gradually building a picture as we continue to make enquiries to trace Ali Qazimaj. New information is coming in all the time and this continues to be a fast-moving enquiry.

“Our enquiries continue to learn more about his roots and his links within the UK and overseas. We still need anyone who knows him, who may have spent time with him over the last few weeks or before this to get in touch and tell us more about his background so that we can trace his movements.”

Mr Qazimaj is described as white, around 5ft 6ins tall, with brown eyes and dark brown greying hair.

Police are urging that you should not approach Qazimaj but if you see him please call 999 immediately. Anyone with information can contact Suffolk Police through the incident room on 01473 782000.

A 61-year-old man from Leicester, arrested on Sunday 5 June in connection with the murder of Peter Stuart, has been bailed to return to police on Wednesday 3 August.

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