Man charged over Waterlooville murder

Simon Warton
Simon Warton
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A MAN has been charged over the murder of Waterlooville dad Simon Warton.

Sean Thomas Bailey, 28, of Waterlooville, will remain in custody overnight to appear at Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court tomorrow.

On Thursday, 27-year-old Simon Warton, of Orsmond Close, Waterlooville, died after suffering a stab wound in a fight in Dove Close, Wecock.

It is understood he had been at a party in Curlew Gardens when a fight broke shortly after 5am.

Mr Warton was taken to hospital where he later died.

Detectives had launched a hunt for 28-year-old Mr Bailey.

He was arrested at a first-floor flat in Southampton House in Broadmere Avenue, Leigh Park, after an appeal to give himself up from Alex Marshall, chief constable of Hampshire Police.

Armed police and dogs raided the flat shortly before 10pm on Saturday and arrested Mr Bailey on suspicion of murdering Mr Warton.

Four more people were arrested in the Havant area on Saturday night on suspicion of assisting an offender after Mr Bailey was taken in for questioning over the murder.

They were later bailed pending further enquiries.

A fifth person arrested in Waterlooville today on suspicion of assisting an offender was bailed pending further enquiries.

Mr Warton’s mum Dawn Warton has paid tribute to her son, describing him as a ‘fun and loving person’ who adored his family.