Addlestone murder victim last seen at local takeaway

Image caption, Mr Dowling suffered multiple injuries, police said

Police hunting the killer of a man found dead in a flat in Surrey are appealing for any witnesses who saw him in the days leading up to his death.

John Dowling, 56, was found in his flat in Brighton Road, Addlestone, on 7 February. A post-mortem examination showed he suffered multiple injuries.

Officers have now revealed he bought a meal from the Fish Basket takeaway in Station Road two days earlier.

He walked home alone in what police said was the last confirmed sighting.

Surrey Police said they were keen to speak to anyone who may have seen, spoken to or had any other contact with him either during his journey home from Station Road on Saturday 5 February, at about 1830 GMT, or later that evening.

Detectives said they were following a number of lines of inquiry and trying to build up a picture of Mr Dowling's lifestyle and movements in the days before his body was found.

They are still very keen to hear from anyone who may have seen him between 0800 GMT on Thursday 3 February and when he was discovered at 0800 GMT on Monday 7 February.

Det Insp Jo Sidaway said: "We are confident that the key to solving this crime remains within the local community in Addlestone and we are asking for the public's help in catching whoever was responsible for Mr Dowling's murder.

"The last confirmed sighting we have of him was on Saturday night as he returned from the fish and chip shop so it is crucial that we speak to anyone who may have seen him or spoken to him around that time."

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