Manhunt continues after Waterlooville street murder

INVESTIGATION A police crime team attends the scene of the fatal stabbing in Dove Close, Wecock Farm.  (121289-11)
INVESTIGATION A police crime team attends the scene of the fatal stabbing in Dove Close, Wecock Farm. (121289-11)

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A MANHUNT continues after a man was stabbed and left for dead on an estate.

Detectives are hunting Sean Thomas Bailey, 28, from Waterlooville, who is suspected of stabbing a man in his early 20s.

WANTED Sean Bailey

WANTED Sean Bailey

The victim, who has been named locally as Simon Warton, received multiple stab wounds after a fight broke out in Dove Close, Wecock.

The fight was between people who been at a party in nearby Curlew Gardens until the early hours of yesterday.

Eyewitnesses said they heard shouting and screaming shortly after 5am.

Neighbours believed the man was stabbed in the chest.

A group of people gathered around the body moments later and were seen dialling 999.

The victim was taken to Queen Alexandra Hospital by ambulance, but was pronounced dead.

Police cordoned off a large area yesterday, including Dove Close and parts of Curlew Gardens. Police cars straddled the end of Dove Close to stop vehicles.

Forensic officers spent the day examining the crime scene, which had cones placed in the middle of Dove Close around the location of the body.

Nearby there were clothes and a first aid box, as well as pieces of a broken-up wooden chair, which neighbours said they heard being thrown during the fight.

Dad-of-four Patrick Lucas, 39, of Dove Close, said: ‘It’s kind of shocking.

‘You expect things to happen on a council estate, but not really people being killed.’

Rhonda Anderson, 26, said: ‘I think it’s disgusting.

‘It’s not safe.’

A 30-year-old man. who did not want to be named, said: ‘I just came up to the window this morning and it was like this.

‘I was absolutely gobsmacked.’

A 24-year-old man, who did not want to be named, said: ‘It’s just certain people round here that can’t behave themselves.’

Neighbours said Sean Bailey was well-known in the community, as was the murder victim.

James Webb, 29, added: ‘It’s a bit close to home.’

Dozens of officers held house-to-house enquiries to gather witness statements and look for clues as to the whereabouts of Mr Bailey.

Forensic officers carried out fingertip searches, took photographs and concentrated on looking for clues in and around the house in Curlew Gardens where the party had been taking place.

They searched the front and back garden. In the front garden were two wheelie bins that had been knocked over, spilling the contents.

A post-mortem was being carried out yesterday to determine the cause of death.

Police have not said what weapon was used to stab the man, nor whether any weapon had been found.

Detectives are still hunting for Mr Bailey, who they have warned the public not to approach.

Mr Bailey had lived in Robin Gardens in Wecock and police were carrying out patrols in this area.

Witnesses or anyone with information should contact the Operation Malvern team at Fratton police station by phoning 101.

Mini-com users can phone 01962 875000. Alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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