Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Fourth arrest after body found in Southampton bin

Empress Road Industrial Estate crime scene
Image caption Police were called to the industrial estate early on Sunday

A fourth person has been arrested following the discovery of a body in an industrial bin in Southampton.

A 31-year-old man was taken into custody shortly after 22:00 BST on Sunday on suspicion of murder, Hampshire police said.

The body was found by firefighters tackling a fire in a bin on the Empress Road Industrial Estate early on Sunday.

Two men, aged 28 and 25, and a woman, 20, all from Southampton, were arrested on Sunday and remain in custody.

Police are investigating whether the victim was murdered at an address in the Bevois Mews and Earls Road area and taken to the industrial estate in a wheelie bin.

Det Insp Simon Baker said the exact route that may have been taken was not known and he appealed for witnesses to come forward.

CCTV footage

He added: "We would also want to hear from members of the public who may have seen wheelie bins being loaded into a vehicle late on Saturday or early on Sunday morning."

Police are studying CCTV footage recorded in the area and are conducting house-to-house inquiries.

Officers are also appealing for witnesses who saw anything suspicious in Earls Road, Cedar Road, Clausentum Road, Forster Road, Spear Road, Bevois Valley Road, Verulam Road, Thomas Lewis Way, Empress Road and Empress Road Industrial Estate.

A post-mortem examination is continuing to establish the gender and identity of the body and the cause of death.

Police said the results would not be known on Monday because the body had been very badly burned.

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