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Anton Jardin death: Extra time to quiz murder suspects

Anton Jardin
Image caption Anton Jardin was keen on sport and travelling, his family said

Police have been granted extra time to question two men over the death of a 39-year-old at a Chelmsford party.

Anton Jardin, of Eastwood Road, Rayleigh, was found in the back garden of a house in London Road on Sunday.

In a police statement, his family said he was a talented artist and graphic designer and was "loving and caring".

Police have been granted an extra 24 hours to question the men on suspicion of murder. Eight other men have been bailed.

A post-mortem examination has given the preliminary result that Mr Jardin died of head injuries.

The two still in custody are a 25-year-old man from Westcliff and a 34-year-old from Rayleigh.

Mr Jardin's family added: "He loved fitness and sport, including running the London Marathon in 2010 in aid of a local children's hospice.

"He enjoyed travelling, especially a trip to Australia.

"We are devastated at losing him, words cannot express our loss."

The party was being held opposite the V Festival in Hylands Park.

Three men aged 23, 25, and 29, have been bailed to 19 September.

Two men aged 27 and three men aged 28, 29 and 35 are due to return to police on 26 September.

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