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Walkford residents' shock over murder investigation at home in Heath Road

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WALKFORD residents have spoken of their shock in the wake of a murder investigation being launched in the village in the early hours today (Wednesday).

A man in his 30s was found dead at a property in Heath Road last night, having sustained serious injuries.

Police responded to a concern-for-welfare call shortly before 8pm, and neighbours told the A&T a number of heavily armed officers had arrived at the scene.

Police on the scene
Police on the scene

One neighbour said: "There was also a helicopter, an ambulance, eight police cars and plained-clothed officers, and armed police were running around telling everybody to get back inside their homes.

"I moved down from London last year hoping for a quiet life and then this happens."

Other residents living in the road said it was usually a quiet area.

"We're really shocked this has happened," said another neighbour. "And we're worried that whoever did this is still loose – I just really hope they catch the person."

Officers remain at the scene this morning, guarding a cordon blocking off a section of the road and patrolling the surrounding streets.

Detectives investigating the murder are urging people to come forward to help them piece together the circumstances.

Officers were called to Heath Road last night
Officers were called to Heath Road last night

DCI Emma Sweetzer said: “Our thoughts are with the family of the man who sadly died.

“We will be carrying out a full investigation to establish exactly what happened at the address. All efforts are directed at finding those responsible.

“I am appealing to anyone who saw or heard anything suspicious in the area since Sunday 2nd January 2022 to please contact us.

“A cordon has been put in place at the address and there will continue to be a heavy police presence in the vicinity as we carry out enquiries.”

DCI Sweetzer added: “Officers can be approached by members of the public with any information or concerns.”

The victim's next of kin have been informed and the coroner has been notified.

Those with information should contact the force by visiting www.dorset.police.uk, emailing 101@dorset.pnn.police.uk or calling 101, quoting crime reference number 55220001688.

Crimestoppers can also be called anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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