Update: Man arrested in connection with death of Norwich man William Phillips is bailed

PUBLISHED: 15:59 28 July 2012

William Phillips

William Phillips


A man has been bailed after being arrested in connection with the death of a pedestrian after an alleged argument with a cyclist in Norwich.

"People’s attention was drawn by raised voices and they saw the cyclist and Mr Phillips having an argument and Mr Phillips fall to the ground and hit his head."

Temporary Norfolk Detective Superintendent Jes Fry.

William Phillips, 34, from Derby Street, Norwich, died after he was involved in an incident near to the doctor’s surgery in Oak Street, off St Crispins Road.

Mr Phillips, who was wearing a cream top, light coloured jeans and desert boots fell to the floor during the incident, which happened at about 8.50am on Wednesday, July 18.

Mr Phillips received initial treatment at the surgery, and was subsequently taken to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.

He was found dead at his home around 5pm on Friday, July 20 by his mother.

A post mortem examination has been carried out, but further tests will be conducted before the cause of death is established.

A 22-year-old man from Norwich was yesterday arrested in connection with the incident but has now been released on police bail pending further enquiries.

Temporary Detective Superintendent Jes Fry said he was encouraged by the response to media appeals, but was still keen to hear from anyone with information about the incident.

Det Supt Fry said the city would have been busy at the time of the incident and wanted anyone who saw anything – no matter how seemingly insignificant – to contact them as a matter of urgency.

He said: “We’re still waiting to find someone who saw what started this off – that’s the key issue.

“It’s a case of trying to ask anyone who saw what happened to call we can build a clear picture of what’s occurred.” Anyone who witnessed the incident should call police on 101 or call anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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