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

Keith Bevis, who was killed after an assault in Seagrove Road, North End, Portsmouth, on May 11
Keith Bevis, who was killed after an assault in Seagrove Road, North End, Portsmouth, on May 11

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DETECTIVES have named the man whose death sparked a murder investigation in Portsmouth.

It comes as Hampshire Constabulary’s Major Investigation Team has been granted more time by magistrates to question a 39-year-old man on suspicion of murder.

The suspect can now remain in police custody for interviews until tomorrow afternoon.

The 39-year-old from Hampshire was arrested on Saturday afternoon, shortly after police were called at 4.55pm to a report of a man’s body inside a house in Seagrove Road, North End.

A 31-year-old man was pronounced dead by emergency services at the scene, where circumstances suggested he had been the victim of an assault.

Police have now named the victim as Keith David Bevis, 31, of Fawcett Road in Southsea, after he was formally identified today.

Senior investigating officer Detective Chief Inspector Stuart Murray said: ‘We are continuing to gather evidence at the scene in Seagrove Road where police cordons are likely to stay in place until tomorrow afternoon.

‘This is a routine process to ensure we are thorough in examining the location of a murder.

‘I’d like to reassure the community there is no evidence of a risk to other members of the public.

‘The Major Investigation Team is grateful to everyone who has provided useful information about the circumstances surrounding the death.

‘This assistance is helping to progress several lines of enquiry.’

Anyone with further information should call the Major Investigation Team at Fratton Police Station on 101, quoting Operation Screed.

Information can also be given anonymously through the Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.