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Police cordon at Richmond Road in Southsea and, inset, David Guy

Police cordon at Richmond Road in Southsea and, inset, David Guy

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Police have cordoned off a block of flats where the man accused in Southsea’s torso murder case lived.

Officers including forensics experts are believed to combing the scene at Keelan Court, Richmond Road, Southsea.

David Guy

David Guy

The ground floor area, where murder accused David Hilder is believed to have lived in a flat, is cordoned off with blue and white police tape.

A police community support officer is standing guard at the entrance to the block.

Hilder, 46, is currently remanded in custody awaiting trial for the murder of 30-year-old David Guy.

Mr Guy’s dismembered torso was discovered by a group of foreign students on Southsea beach in July.

Police later found the lower part of Mr Guy’s body on the beach near Southsea Castle. Officers from Hampshire Constabulary’s Major Investigation Team launched an extensive appeal for information in the wake of Mr Guy’s death in which they took the unusual step of releasing images of a butcher’s-style bike belonging to Hilder.

Hilder was arrested days after the discovery of the torso and later charged with murder, which he denies.

Police have already conducted extensive searches of his flat at Keelan Court. They have also searched an allotment Hilder rented in Milton.

And specialist teams in July carried out searches of the shoreline of Southsea and the Solent.

A Hampshire Police spokesman said: ‘We can confirm we are conducting further forensic enquiries today at an address in Richmond Road with links to the murder of David Guy.’

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