Police thank public following murder appeal

David Guy
David Guy
Sedgley Close, in Southsea, where police are investigating a stabbing which happened around 4am today.

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DETECTIVES probing the murder of David Guy, whose mutilated torso was found on Southsea beach, have praised the public for their help.

Police received several calls from people with information following Mr Guy’s death.

Extensive searches of a flat in Richmond Road, Southsea, linked to 30-year-old Mr Guy’s death have now been called off.

Experts also searched an allotment in Locksway Road, Milton.

And specialist Sussex Police divers scoured the coastline in front of Castle Field, Southsea, where the lower part of Mr Guy’s body was found on July 6.

Police say no more body parts have been found – but urge the public to stay vigilant.

Detective Chief Inspector Dick Pearson said: ‘The Hampshire Major Investigation Team would like to thank all members of the public who have taken the time to contact us with many responses to our appeals. We’ve heard from a number of witnesses with potentially important information.

‘Close working with the Crown Prosecution Service, Sussex Police’s Specialist Search Unit and Portsmouth City Council has been hugely appreciated in helping drive forward our enquiries.

‘Our search of a flat in Richmond Road was completed on Monday, and Sussex Police’s underwater searches in Southsea were concluded on Thursday. Comprehensive shoreline searches were carried out by specialist officers from Hampshire Constabulary’s Force Support Unit. General patrols by local officers and the Marine Unit will continue.

‘No further human remains have been found at this time, but police will respond to reliable reports and sightings as this investigation continues.

‘I would like to take this opportunity to remind the community of our ongoing appeals for information about the final movements of David Guy, and sightings of the distinctive bicycle linked to this inquiry.’

Mr Guy’s dismembered torso was found in a black bin bag on the beach near The Pyramids, Southsea, just before 5.30pm on July 3.

David Hilder, 46, of Richmond Road, Southsea, was charged with murder and remanded to appear at Winchester Crown Court in October.

Posters featuring images of Mr Guy and a bike with a box on the front have been put up in the area.

Police want to hear from anyone who spotted Hilder between June 30 and his arrest on July 5. Officers say he may have been riding the bike. Call 101 quoting Operation Nimbus.