Car fire murder - Police appeal

Police are appealing for witnesses following a fatal car fire in Hampshire.

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Man arrested over fatal car fire is released

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Police officers examine the scene in Chilworth Credit: ITV Meridian

Police officers were called to the incident at Chilworth on Tuesday, when firefighters found a dead body in a burning car. It's believed the deceased was killed before the fire, but has not yet been identified. A 23 year old man who was arrested has now been released without charge.

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Car fire victim was a man

by Adam Clark

Police investigating a fatal car fire in Chilworth near Southampton have identified the body as that of a man.

No formal identification has been completed yet and initial post mortem examination results have been inconclusive as to the cause of death.

Officers were called to Chilworth Drove by Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service at 1.30am on Tuesday after firefighters who had been tackling the blaze became aware of a body inside the vehicle.

Detectives continue to investigate the cause of the fire and the circumstances leading up to it.

Despite public speculation on social networking sites, Hampshire Police is not linking the death to the murder of Jamie Dack, 22, in Southampton.

Witnesses to the fire are urged to call 101 quoting Operation Wedgewood.

Body found after fatal car fire

by Adam Clark

Police are appealing for witnesses following a fatal car fire in Hampshire.

Officers were called to Chilworth Drove, Chilworth, near Southampton in the early hours of this morning.

Firefighters had been tackling the blaze in a car at 1.30am when they became aware of a body inside the vehicle.

Detectives are now investigating the cause of the fire and the circumstances leading up to it.

A cordon will remain at the scene and officers will be continuing house-to-house enquiries in the area until this evening.

A post mortem examination is due to take place this afternoon.

Anyone who saw the blaze or anything suspicious in the area, is asked to call 101 quoting Op Wedgewood.

Alternatively, call the Crimestoppers charity line on 0800 555 111 where information can be left anonymously.