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16-year-old arrested on suspicion of murder over body found in Heath Road, Walkford

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A 16-YEAR-OLD boy has been arrested on suspicion of murdering a man whose body was found in a Walkford home.

Police found the body of the man, who was in his 30s and had suffered "serious injuries", at a house in Heath Road after receiving a concern-for-welfare call on Tuesday evening.

Detectives launched a murder investigation and announced the arrest early this morning (Friday).

The police cordon at Heath Road on Wednesday
The police cordon at Heath Road on Wednesday

Detective Inspector Simon Huxter, of the Dorset Police Major Crime Investigation Team, said: “We have been progressing with our detailed investigation since the tragic death and have now made an arrest.

“Our thoughts remain with the family and friends of the man who sadly died and our specially trained officers will continue to provide support to them. They have been kept fully updated in respect of this development."

He added: “I would again urge anyone who was in the area of Heath Road between Saturday 1st January and Tuesday 4th January and saw any suspicious activity or anything out of the ordinary to please get in touch.

The body was found on Tuesday night
The body was found on Tuesday night

“Also, our appeal still stands for any residents in the vicinity of Heath Road with home CCTV systems or dashcam footage from vehicles that were in the area during the time frame to please check for any relevant footage.

“Finally, I am renewing my plea for anyone who knows the occupant of 6 Heath Road to please come forward as you may have important information to assist our investigation."

DI Huxter said a police presence would remain in the area and members of the public can approach officers with information or concerns.

Those with information, images or footage relevant to the investigation should submit it at https://mipp.police.uk/operation/55HQ21M75-PO1

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