July 11, 2017
Murder probe launched after 'suspicious death' in Burnham-On-Sea

Police have launched a murder investigation in Burnham-On-Sea following the 'suspicious death' of a 40-year-old man late on Monday night (July 10th).

Officers were called to Churchill Close, just off Worston Lane, shortly before midnight on Monday after reports of a man being assaulted. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

A 43-year-old man and a 38-year-old woman were arrested in connection with the incident and they remain in police custody.

DCI James Riccio told "This investigation is at a very early stage and we are doing everything possible to determine how the man died."

"We're treating the death as murder due to the injuries the man received."

"His next of kin have been informed and specially trained officers are offering support to his family."

"Two people have been arrested and are currently in custody for questioning."

"Specialist crime scene investigators have been examining the scene while there is also an increased police presence in the area for reassurance."

"We’re aware this will have an impact on the wider community and I’d like to reassure people we believe this to be an isolated incident."

"Anyone with any concerns is encouraged to contact their local neighbourhood team."

A post-mortem examination will be carried out by a Home Office pathologist in due course and formal identification procedures have not yet taken place.

Several residents in the area have told of their 'shock' at the seeing Police in the close.

One added: "Woke up to find Police and forensics and large part of the close taped off. Very unsettling and upsetting."

Another said: "This is a usually very quiet cul de sac so it's quite a shock to see this happening here."

Investigators gathering evidence at the scene

The road, Churchill Close, taped off by Police this morning


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