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Murder arrest made as detectives investigate death of New Milton man Christopher Homer (43) seen injured in Station Road

A MURDER arrest has been made as police investigate the death of a New Milton man seen injured in the town centre.

Christopher Homer (43) died in hospital on Friday 3rd September – a week after being seen in Station Road with several facial injuries – and detectives are urging people to come forward if they have any information.

In the meantime, they have arrested a 45-year-old Bournemouth man on suspicion of murder and a 46-year-old local woman on suspicion of assisting an offender. Both have been released under investigation.

CCTV image of Christopher Homer in the Premier store in Station Road on 26th August
CCTV image of Christopher Homer in the Premier store in Station Road on 26th August

Prior to Mr Homer’s death, a 54-year-old local man was arrested on suspicion of wounding or inflicting grievous bodily harm without intent. He was released on conditional bail.

Detectives have released a CCTV image showing Mr Homer as he bought goods in the Premier store in Station Road around 2pm on Thursday 26th August, when he was seen uninjured.

However, he had a number of facial injuries when seen at 10.30am the next day at Santander bank in Station Road, and at 2pm again at the Premier store.

The investigation is looking to piece together the events which happened within 24 hours of the first sighting to establish how he was injured and whether this is linked to his subsequent death.

DI Toby Elcock said: “We are keen to hear from anyone in the local community who may have seen or spoken with Christopher during this 24-hour period as they may hold vital information, which could aid our investigation, as to the exact circumstances of how he sustained his injuries.

“Do you recognise him from this CCTV image from 26th August?

Christopher Homer died in hospital on 3rd September
Christopher Homer died in hospital on 3rd September

“It doesn’t matter how small or insignificant you believe the information you might have, it could prove invaluable in establishing exactly what happened to Christopher in the lead-up to his death.”

In a statement released through police, Mr Homer’s family paid tribute to a “loving son, brother, uncle, dad, and grandad”.

They said: “The awful loss of our Christopher has left a cold agony in our lives that we may never recover from.

“Each day is challenging without you and your infectious laugh. We will miss you always.”

Those with information should contact Hampshire police on 101, quoting incident reference number 44210349208.

Anyone with CCTV or dash cam footage that could help establish Mr Homer’s movements, or how he came to be injured, can upload it online via https://mipp.police.uk/operation/44HC21W06-PO1

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