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Forensic experts start murder hunt search in Southsea street

Forensics experts today started a search of a block of flats linked to the discovery of a man’s torso in a bin bag on Southsea beach.

Officers dressed in white protective suits and wearing face masks entered the four-storey building in Richmond Road, Southsea, just after 10.30am as police stood guard outside.

It follows the arrest of a 46-year-old man from the Portsmouth area who is being questioned by detectives over the discovery of the torso on the beach on Tuesday evening.

Richmond Road was cordoned off in the early hours of today. The area is shut to people passing through but residents are being allowed to and from their homes.

The area is cordoned off with blue and white police tape and police community support officers in high-visibility jackets are at the scene,

A nearby petrol station and the adjoining business, Owl Motors, has also been cordoned off and a police community suport officer was standing guard outside an address in Brandon Road, which runs parallel to Richmond Road.

A murder inquiry was launched after the torso of a white man was found wrapped in a black bin liner by a group of foreign students. It was missing its head and both arms and legs.

Police say they have identified the victim and are contacting his family. Police have not yet named him and have not said if he was from the local area.

Officers stood guard at each end of Richmond Road in Southsea and there appeared to be separate cordons around a petrol station in the road and a block of flats.

Police swooped on the road, off Victoria Road South, last night as part of an operation which involved the arrest of a 46-year-old man by detectives investigating the discovery of a torso on Southsea beach on Tuesday.

This morning, each end of the road was blocked by tape, cones and scene guards and manned by two officers.

Other officers were outside a block of flats half way along the road.

And there were two vans and a cordon around a petrol station and garage in Richmond Road. Police had also sealed off the back compound of the garage, which can be accessed from the adjoining Brandon Road.

Police at the scene would not give any details of the operation, but a control room spokesman said that no residents had been evacuated from the street.

One neighbour, who lives in nearby Victoria Road South, and did not want to be named, said: ‘I was very shocked.

‘When I woke up there were police everywhere.

‘Straight away I thought it must be something to do with the murder.

‘I hope they catch whoever did it quickly.’

A spokeswoman for Owl Motors stressed that they were still in business and operating from the Southsea MOT Centre in Exmouth Road while the cordon is in place.

A spokeswoman for Owl Motors stressed that they were still in business and operating from the Southsea MOT Centre in Exmouth Road while the cordon is in place.

 

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