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UPDATED: Murder investigation launched after body found in Boscombe
7:30am Saturday 12th October 2013 in News
POLICE have launched a murder investigation after a man’s body was found in a flat in Boscombe.
Officers were called to the property in Gloucester Road at 12.34pm on Friday after being made aware of concerns for the man’s welfare.
On arrival they made the grim discovery and a cordon was put in place.
Forensic officers could be seen at the property, a house that has been split into three flats, and the 5 Star Car Wash close to the house was also closed, with police guarding the site.
It is thought that the man who had died was associated with the business.
On Friday night, Dorset police issued a statement which said: “Dorset Police can now confirm a murder investigation has been launched following the death of a man in Gloucester Road in Bournemouth today, Friday October 11.
"A cordon remains in place at this time and the coroner is aware.
"Next of kin have yet to be informed.”
Roy Humby, who lives next door to the flats that were sealed off, said: “I came back here and there were three or four police there and a couple of cars – I didn’t realise it was this serious.
“It sounds like whoever had been there had been there for some time.”
Sally Daniels, who has lived in the road for 45 years, added: “It’s worrying. There was a big incident a couple of years ago and it’s not what you want.
“I don’t think anywhere is immune. It has changed, but in actual fact most of these are family homes.”
James Russell, 16, who lives in a road nearby, said: “We get quite a lot of problems down here. I don’t have a clue what’s going on around here – it’s upsetting to see.”
Boscombe East councillor John Wilson said he was “extremely shocked”.
“My sympathy goes out to his family. If someone hears anything, they should pass it to the police right away.”
Fellow Boscombe East councillor Chris Rochester offered his condolences to friends and family of the dead man.
“I’m sure the police would be pleased to receive any information,” he said.
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