Hampshire police release picture of Waterlooville murder suspect

WANTED Sean Bailey
WANTED Sean Bailey
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THIS man is wanted for the murder of a man who died after being stabbed in a Waterlooville street.

Suspect Sean Bailey, 28, from Waterlooville, is being hunted by detectives from Hampshire police’s Major Investigation Team probing the death of a man in his 20s.

The victim, who has not yet been named, was stabbed in Dove Close following reports of a fight involving a number of people who were last night at a party in the area.

He was taken to hospital where he was later pronounced dead after police were called out at about 5.30am today.

A post mortem is due to take place today.

Meanwhile police have released this image of Bailey and warn the public not to approach him if they spot him, but instead dial 999 immediately.

Chief Inspector Alison Heydari, district commander for Waterlooville, said: ‘Hampshire Constabulary is dedicating local expertise and experience to gather all available evidence so whoever was responsible for this serious crime is brought to justice swiftly. Our local Safer Neighbourhoods teams are maintaining their active presence in this community with high visibility patrols to help reassure residents about the situation.

‘An experienced group of officers and police staff from the Major Investigation Team are focused on finding a known suspect as soon as possible. We’re now able to release the name of this suspect and his photograph in an appeal for assistance from the public to locate him. The suspect’s name is Sean Thomas Bailey, aged 28, from Waterlooville.

‘Although there is no information to suggest a specific threat to anyone else in the community at this time, our advice is that members of the public should not approach Bailey if they see him. Any sightings should be reported to the police immediately by phoning 999.

‘The Dove Close area remains sealed off by officers who are taking statements from witnesses and conducting forensic examinations for evidence. We’re grateful for the understanding and co-operation of the community so far, and I would appeal again for anyone else with information to come forward.’

Chief Insp Heydari added: ‘We’re in the process of informing next of kin, but won’t be in a position to confirm the victim’s name until all formal identification procedures are completed.’

Anyone with information should call the Operation Malvern team at Fratton police station on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.