Seven in custody over man's body in road

Police erected a tent and cordoned off Broad Street in Pill, Newport
Image caption Police erected a tent and cordoned off Broad Street in Pill, Newport

Police in Newport have arrested seven people - three on suspicion of murder - after the body of a 60-year-old man was found in the city early on Saturday.

Officers believe the man, found in Broad Street, Pill, was subjected to a serious assault and may have been hit by a vehicle while lying in the road.

Two men, aged 19 and 25, and a 23-year-old woman, all from the Newport area, are in custody on suspicion of murder.

Two men and two women are also being held on suspicion of driving offences.

'Developing and ongoing'

They have been arrested on suspicion of causing death by careless and inconsiderate driving and failure to report a road traffic collision.

They are also from the Newport area; the men are aged 22 and 44, and the women are 18 and 46.

Police said the victim was pronounced dead by paramedics who were called to the scene at about 04:00 BST.

Officers said the investigation was "developing and ongoing".

The area has been cordoned off and house-to-house and forensic inquiries are being carried out.

Gwent Police are appealing for anyone who was in the Broad Street and the surrounding area between 02:00 and 04:00 BST, either on foot or in a vehicle, to contact them urgently.

Anyone with information can call Gwent Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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