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Murder investigation in Boscombe - Family tribute

The family of a man found dead in a flat in the Boscombe area of Bournemouth has today issued a tribute.

At around midday on Tuesday 26 May 2015 police were called to a flat in Mallard Grange on Sea Road and discovered the body of 22-year-old Phillip Nicholson.

The circumstances of his death were suspicious and a murder investigation, led by detectives from Dorset Police’s Major Crime Investigation Team (MCIT), was launched.

On Thursday 28 May 2015, detectives were granted more time to question a 20-year-old woman and a 25-year-old man – both from Bournemouth – who were arrested on suspicion of murder. They remain helping police with their enquiries.

Phillip’s family are being kept updated by specially-trained officers.

His family said: “Phillip was our kind and caring son who thought the best of everyone.

“His wicked sense of humour brought a smile to many faces and his caring for other people showed no boundaries. Phillip will be dearly missed by family and friends.

“We respectfully request at this time that we are left alone to grieve.”

Detectives are continuing their investigations into Phillip’s death.

Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Chief Inspector Stewart Balmer, of Dorset Police’s MCIT, said: “We are still building a picture of exactly what happened on Tuesday and continue to appeal for anyone who may have seen or heard anything suspicious in the Sea Road area of Boscombe that morning to contact Dorset Police on 101, quoting Op Fraction.

“We’d also like to speak to anyone who had recent contact with Phillip Nicholson or who may have any information that may support the inquiry.

“We are particularly keen to speak to anyone who saw Phillip leaving his home in the Parkstone area of Poole at around 9am on Tuesday morning to just after midday when his body was discovered in the flat in Sea Road.

“At this time Phillip was wearing a grey Family Guy T-shirt, a faded red jumper with a zip from the chest upwards, charcoal grey trousers and Crocs. He also wore a black bum bag around his waist.

“I would urge anyone with information to please come forward in confidence.”

Due to Dorset Police having had prior contact with people involved, the Force has referred the circumstances leading to the murder to the IPCC for review.

Witnesses and anyone with information should call Dorset Police in confidence on 101 quoting Operation Fraction. Alternatively, call the free and anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111 where mobile phone tariffs may apply.

Issued: 29 May 2015

Phillip Nicholson