Police divers search Solent shoreline in Southsea torso murder probe

SCENE Police officers on Southsea seafront
SCENE Police officers on Southsea seafront
Jacob Monerville. Credit: Hampshire Constabulary

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POLICE divers are today searching the Solent for evidence linked to the murder of David Guy whose dismembered torso was discovered on Southsea beach.

Detectives have drafted in officers from Sussex Police’s specialist search unit who have been spotted searching the area between Castle Field and the Pyramids leisure centre.

It comes after grieving relatives released a photograph of 30-year-old Mr Guy in a renewed appeal for information about his last known movements.

A Hampshire police spokeswoman said: ‘Hampshire Constabulary can confirm Sussex Police’s Specialist Search Unit is assisting with Operation Nimbus, the ongoing investigation into the murder of David Guy whose torso was found on Southsea seafront last Thursday.

‘Specialist officers from Sussex are working with Hampshire officers to conduct a search for possible evidence underwater and on the shoreline at Southsea throughout today.

‘Detectives from the Hampshire Major Investigation Team are grateful for the support and skills of Sussex Police in our enquiries to establish the exact circumstances surrounding the death of David Guy.’

Mr Guy’s torso was discovered wrapped in a pink curtain in a black bin bag on the beach in front of The Pyramids, Southsea, shortly before 5.30pm last Tuesday.

It had no legs, arms or head.

Police search teams found the lower half of Mr Guy’s body on the rocks at low tide in front of Castle Field, Southsea at about 8am on Friday.

Officers have also searched an allotment in Locksway Road, Milton.

Today a police cordon remained in place around a block of flats in Richmond Road, Southsea.

David Hilder, 46, of Richmond Road, Southsea, was charged with murdering Mr Guy on Monday night – four days after his arrest.

He is remanded in custody and is due to appear at Winchester Crown Court today.

Police are putting up posters featuring Mr Guy’s photograph in the area in a bid to jog people’s memories.

The posters contain an image of a distinctive bike with a large box attached to the front.

Police want to hear from anyone who spotted murder suspect Hilder between June 30 and his arrest last Thursday. Officers say he may have been riding the bike.

Mr Guy is described as white, 5ft 6in tall and of a slight build with brown, unkempt hair.

He was last seen wearing a white polo shirt with blue horizontal stripes on that was untucked, blue jeans, and black shoes or trainers

Witnesses or anyone with information is asked to contact the Eastern Area Major Investigation team on 101, quoting Operation Nimbus.

Alternatively call the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555111.