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Murder investigation launched in Dorchester

Detectives have launched a murder investigation following the discovery of a body at an address in Dorchester – with three men being arrested.

At around 9.50pm yesterday, Tuesday 26 May 2015, police discovered the body of a man in the Compass Garage in The Grove.

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

The man has not yet been identified. The coroner has been notified.

A 43-year-old man from Dorchester was arrested yesterday evening, Tuesday 26 May 2015, on suspicion of murder.

At around 6.30am today, Wednesday 27 May 2015, a 47-year-old man from Dorchester and a 69-year-old man from Weymouth were also arrested on suspicion of murder. All three are currently helping police with enquiries.

Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Chief Inspector Jez Noyce, of Dorset Police’s MCIT, said: “Following the discovery of a man’s body, Dorset Police has launched a murder investigation.

“Enquiries are now underway to establish exactly what happened yesterday.

“I am appealing to anyone who may have seen anything suspicious in The Grove or has any other information that could be useful, to please call me urgently.

“All calls will be treated in strict confidence.”

A cordon has been put in place at the garage in The Grove and is expected to remain in place for some time while crime scene investigators carry out a thorough examination of the scene.

Officers are also carrying out house-to-house enquiries.

Witnesses and anyone with information should call Dorset Police in confidence on 101 quoting incident number 27:46. Alternatively, call the free and anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111 where mobile phone tariffs may apply.

Issued: 27 May 2015