Man killed in Waterlooville fight

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A FINGERTIP search has taken place in the street in Waterlooville where a man died.

Emergency services were called at just after 5.30am to reports of a fight involving a group of people in Dove Close, Waterlooville.

PROBE A forensic officer at Dove Close, Wecock.  Picture: Ian Hargreaves

PROBE A forensic officer at Dove Close, Wecock. Picture: Ian Hargreaves

A man, believed to be in his early 20s, was found injured and later pronounced dead.

Neighbour Cheryl Webb, 48, said: ‘I woke up at 5.12am and could hear shouting. I went to the bathroom window and there was a body lying on the ground.

‘A few minutes later somebody shouted ‘he’s dead’.

‘The police turned up and the ambulance turned up.

‘There was no movement [from the body] whatsoever.’

Neighbours believed the man was stabbed in the chest.

Detectives say they are not in a position to speculate the cause of the death, which has yet to be confirmed.

A woman, who knows the mother of the victim, said: ‘It’s shocking. It’s the poor mother I’m worried about.

‘I hope whoever did this gets locked up.’

A detailed forensic examination is taking place in the Dove Close area, which is currently sealed off. Officers are taking witness statements.

A cone is placed in the road where the body was found. Items of clothing could be been seen laid next to the cone as can a first aid box.

It appeared a broken wooden chair is also in the road. Part of the wood sits alongside the cones where the body was found.

Andrew Bowden, 51, of Dove Close, said: ‘I just woke up at 5.15am and heard loads of shouting. They were mouthing off to each other.

‘It’s just normal stuff around here.

‘I heard an ambulance coming up at 5.40am and later the police.

‘It’s a bit grim. You don’t expect it on your doorstep.’

Earlier a house in nearby Curlew Gardens was also cordoned off. Neighbours said there was a party at the house last night.

James Webb, 29, of Curlew Gardens, said: ‘There was shouting and stuff going on.

‘I had to calm my dog down because he heard them all partying outside.’

Shocked neighbours are standing outside the cordon.

Mum-of-one Letitia Mears, 21, of Dove Close, said: ‘It’s just stupid that something like that could happen around here. I’ve got a newborn baby and to think that happened so close to where we were sleeping.’

Steven Davey, 22, of nearby Eagle Avenue, said: ‘It’s scary really. It’s not every day somebody gets stabbed. This is the first time it’s happened in the 10 years I’ve lived here.’

Waterlooville district commander Chief Inspector Alison Heydari said: ‘A dedicated team of officers are already making urgent enquiries to trace other people suspected of being involved in the fight. I would like to reassure people that there is no information at this time to suggest a wider risk to the community.

‘One line of enquiry for detectives is establishing how the victim was injured. Officers are not in a position to speculate on the cause of death, which has not been confirmed at this early stage of the investigation.

‘Police are in the process of contacting next-of-kin, but won’t be in a position to confirm the victim’s name until all formal identification procedures are completed.

‘The Dove Close area is sealed off by officers who are taking statements from witnesses and conducting forensic examinations for evidence. Police would like to thank members of the public for their co-operation so far, and I would appeal for anyone else with information to come forward.’

Officers are in the process of tracing and contacting the victim’s next of kin and are not in a position to confirm the man’s name until all formal identification processes are completed.

If you have information on the incident, contact Waterlooville CID on 101.