Update: Moving tribute to Aylsham man James ‘Smitty’ Smith from childhood friend
10:51 04 February 2014
New pictures of Aylsham man James “Smitty” Smith have emerged amid moving tributes from his close friends.
He is described as “doing what he loved best” in an image showing him playing music at a party – submitted by friend Jamie Dickerson.
Mr Dickerson, 27, also created a tribute page – R.I.P James ‘Smitty’ Smith 1987-2014 –on the social-networking-site Facebook which has attracted more than 1,000 likes.
The reggae, techno, and drum and bass DJ would have celebrated his 27th birthday tomorrow but died on Saturday.
Mr Dickerson, who went to school with Mr Smith, last saw his friend about eight months ago in the Bell Hotel in Norwich.
He said: “We always picked up again where we left off – we had a really close friendship.
“I always remembered him to be really happy and someone who always had time for other people.”
The father-of-three said he couldn’t believe the news when he saw it on Facebook.
“Even though I hadn’t seem him for a few months when I read it, it still seemed like yesterday that I was around him. The last thing I said to him was ‘look after yourself mate’.”
Police were called to a semi-detached house in the quiet suburban cul-de-sac of John of Gaunt Close, at about 4.40pm on Saturday.
The call was made by paramedics after the body of a man was found inside.
A police statement said detectives were investigating the circumstances surrounding the man’s death which was being treated as unexplained. A post mortem examination was expected to be completed at the earliest today.
A 29-year-old man was arrested but later released on police bail pending further inquiries.
Mr Smith, a former Aylsham High School pupil, was well-known in the area for his involvement in the local music and skateboarding/BMX scene.
Kath Jackson, of Happisburgh, said: “Smitty was a funny, lovable rogue to me, my husband was a good friend of his, and he used to come and stay at ours. He would play on the decks at our BBQs and loved my old-school garage cds which I’ve had for years. He would politely ask for tea or coffee or food and once he smiled that sweet smile of his we were putty in his hands.”
On Sunday neighbours said they were unaware of the incident on Saturday afternoon and evening, until they saw some police cars later as there were no sirens.
One said the house was lived in by a young man whose parents had moved abroad but still owned the property.
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