Police name victim as they are granted more time to question murder suspect

ON GUARD Police cordon on Richmond Road, Southsea
ON GUARD Police cordon on Richmond Road, Southsea
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MURDER squad detectives today appealed for fresh information about a man whose dismembered torso was found wrapped in a bin liner on Southsea beach.

The body of David Matthew Guy, 30, of no fixed address, was discovered by a group of foreign students shortly before 5.30pm on Tuesday.

Yesterday morning the victim’s legs were found on the rocks in front of Castle Field, Southsea.

Last night magistrates granted detectives a further 32 hours to question a 46-year-old man from Southsea who was arrested on suspicion of murder on Thursday. He remains in police custody.

Officers continued to follow up a line of enquiry in Richmond Road, in Southsea.

The road has been sealed off to members of the public since Thursday evening.

Senior officers leading the case are now keen to find out more about Mr Guy, who was believed to be living in the Southsea area prior to his death.

A Home Office post mortem could not determine the exact cause of death though officers say he endured a prolonged assault.

Senior investigating officer Detective Chief Inspector Dick Pearson said: ‘Now we have identified the victim as David Guy, we are keen to gather as much information as possible about him.

‘Did you know Mr Guy or any of his friends or associates? If so we would like to hear from you.

‘Even the smallest piece of information which may seem insignificant, could be a crucial part of this investigation.’

The number of police officers assigned to the murder investigation has swelled to 100.

Hampshire police say 65 detectives, 12 forensic experts and a 23-strong search team are involved in the operation.

Forensic experts descended on the seafront and Richmond Road in Southsea yesterday.

Police have not revealed what took them to Richmond Road for operational reasons.

But they say the area ‘is of interest to the inquiry.’ It is likely to remain closed for some time.

Officers have conducted extensive searches in the street since being deployed there on Thursday night.

Yesterday police community support officers stood guard in front of blue and white police tape while officers combed the area for evidence.

Forensics teams dressed in blue and white protective suits and wearing face masks were seen to enter a four-storey block of flats in Richmond Road.

They also searched the area of a nearby petrol station.

The site of nearby business Owl Motors was also cordoned off with police tape in Brandon Road and guarded by a police community support officer.

The street was shut off to all members of the public except residents.

Worried passers by stopped to quiz officers as the road and surrounding area filled up with police cars and vans.

Search teams dressed in black uniforms and baseball caps were also drafted in.

Some were seen to search drains in the street for evidence.

Two officers fished out the contents of one drain opposite the closely guarded block of flats, near the junction with Victoria Road South.

At the other end of the street officers were seen trying to open a manhole cover, and some also checked a drain outside the front of the block of flats.

As the investigation progresses, Det Chief Insp Pearson, senior investigating officer last night renewed his plea for the community to contact police with any information that could help bring the killer to justice.

He said: ‘We continue to appeal to the community to contact us with any information which could assist us.

‘Despite [the] discovery which is connected to the investigation, other body parts and items linked to the murder remain outstanding.’

He added: ‘We would like to hear from anyone who noticed any suspicious activity or people on the seafront.

‘Members of the community who are in the area regularly will know if something or someone is out of place, or notice unusual behaviour.

‘Please report it to us.’

Anyone with information should call Eastern Area Major Investigation Team on 101 quoting Operation Nimbus.

Alternatively information can be given anonymously by calling the Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.

Warning not to open packages

THE senior officer investigating the gruesome murder has advised the public not to open packages that may contain more body parts.

Detective Chief Inspector Dick Pearson instead appealed for anyone who spots any suspicious packages to call the police.

He added that his officers would continue to search for the remaining pieces of the victim which so far have not been found.

‘We continue to appeal to the community to contact us with any information which could assist us,’ he said.

‘Despite yesterday’s discovery, which is connected to the investigation, other body parts and items linked to the murder remain outstanding.

‘If you notice a suspicious package that may be linked to this inquiry do not open it, but contact police immediately.

‘Although the arrest and discovery of further body parts are significant developments in the investigation, we are still in the early stages of evidence gathering.’

Extra police reassurance patrols

POLICE are conducting extra patrols in Southsea following the gruesome murder of the man found dismembered on Southsea beach.

Safer Neighbourhoods Team officers were also on hand at the scene earlier this week to talk to any members of the public who raised concerns.

Senior officers say they are constantly reassessing the situation, however the public are not thought to be at any further risk at this time.

Detective Chief Inspector Dick Pearson is leading the Operation Nimbus murder investigation into the man’s death.

He said: ‘The major investigation team is in close contact with local policing teams.

‘There is no indication of further risk to the community, however this is being continually reassessed.

‘Officers from the local Safer Neighbourhoods team will continue to conduct reassurance patrols.’

Anyone who has concerns can alternatively contact officers from the Southsea Safer Neighbourhoods team at Southsea police station on 101.