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Corby death club boss David 'Les' Ross 'hiding in hotel'

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A nightclub owner beaten to death a year ago was in hiding in the hotel where his body was found, police said.

David 'Les' Ross had recently been burgled and was staying at the Village Inn Express in Corby. His body was found on 17 December 2012.

Police have said Mr Ross, 39, was being "intimidated" by criminals who wanted his share of Rubix in Corby so they could launder money through it.

Officers returned to the hotel on Monday to appeal for help.

They have erected a large screen showing CCTV footage of people in The Jamb and cars seen near the hotel between 07:00 and 08:00 GMT on Monday 17 December, when Mr Ross was being punched and kicked to death just metres away.

Tip off

Several people have been arrested and bailed in the inquiry, but no-one has been charged with Mr Ross's murder.

Det Ch Insp Martin Kitchin said: "He was a man who had worked hard all his life and finally had the opportunity to realise his ambitions to open a nightclub.

"He'd worked as a taxi driver, a doorman, he'd run his own door company, but this really was his dream and he wasn't going to give it up easily.

"Not only did the offender have to gain entry to the hotel, they had to travel to and from the scene and somebody knows how they did this.

"They may have even had a driver, who may have had no knowledge of what happened at the time."

Police believe his killers were tipped off he was staying at the hotel.

His home in Chelveston Drive, Corby, was burgled overnight on the Friday before his death.

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