POLICE investigating the murder of Simon Warton have arrested four people on suspicion of assisting an offender.
It comes after the prime suspect, Sean Bailey, was detained by police shortly before 10pm on Saturday night at a flat in Southampton House, Broadmere Avenue, Leigh Park.
He is still being questioned.
Hampshire Police said it can also confirm that four other arrests were made in the Havant area last night in relation to the case.
Four people were arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender. No details of their ages or where they are from has been released.
Havant and Waterlooville district commander Chief Inspector Alison Heydari said: ‘Hampshire Constabulary is grateful for the considerable co-operation of the community. We understand the events surrounding Mr Warton’s murder have been upsetting and unsettling for many people who knew him.
‘Further enquiries are being led by the Hampshire Major Investigation Team, which is firmly focused on finding all available evidence as swiftly as possible.
‘Officers appreciate all the information provided to police so far, and I would encourage members of the public to keep speaking with us about any concerns or questions. We respect that emotions are running high so it’s vital for the police and the public to maintain strong links and mutual trust. There are extra high visibility patrols in the area to help reassure residents and visitors.’
Mr Warton, of Orsmond Close, Waterlooville, was stabbed to death in Dove Close, Wecock, at about 5.30am on Thursday, April 12, after a fight from a nearby party.
A post-mortem examination found Mr Warton died of a stab wound.