Police step up search for killer

A fatal fire in West Sussex on Thursday is being treated as a murder investigation. A 59-year-old man died in the blaze in Old Glebe, Fernhurst.

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Detectives quiz public over mystery fire

Firefighters at the house in Fernhurst, Sussex Credit: ITV News Meridian

Detectives have returned to a street in Sussex where a man's body was found - to speak to members of the public.

Firefighters discovered Michael Griffiths in his home in Fernhurst last Thursday. The 59 year old had been assaulted before his death.

Officers want to hear from anyone who may have seen something suspicious in the area.

Police asking for public's help to solve murder

Scene of the tragedy in Fernhurst Credit: ITV News Meridian

Detectives investigating the murder of 59-year-old Michael Griffiths in West Sussex on Thursday last week will be asking for help from walkers and drivers in Fernhurst this morning. Police will be talking to people around Mr Griffiths's home in Old Glebe from 6.30am.

Detective Chief Inspector Jeff Riley from the Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team said: "We are hoping that by talking to people who regular use the roads and footpaths around Michael's house, we might nudge someone's memory about something that just wasn't quite normal or usual."

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Drivers and walkers to help with murder inquiry

The house at Fernhurst after the fire Credit: ITV News Meridian

Detectives investigating the murder of 59-year-old Michael Griffiths in West Sussex on Thursday last week will be asking for help from walkers and drivers in Fernhurst this Wednesday and Thursday mornings. Police will be talking to people around Mr Griffiths's home in Old Glebe from 6.30am.

Detective Chief Inspector Jeff Riley from the Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team said: "We are hoping that by talking to people who regular use the roads and footpaths around Michael's house, we might nudge someone's memory about something that just wasn't quite normal or usual."

Man in fatal fire "specifically targeted"

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Detectives from the Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team have opened a murder enquiry after a man was found dead following a house fire in Fernhurst on Thursday. They say he may have been specifically targeted. Detective Chief Inspector Jeff Riley, who is leading the enquiry, said:

"Smoke patterns on a couple of the windows suggest that they were open when the fire broke out... The post mortem has revealed that Mr Griffiths suffered serious injuries to his head and body but at this stage it is not possible to firmly conclude that they were the cause of his death."

Man assaulted before fatal fire

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A man whose body was found in a burning house in Fernhurst had been seriously assaulted before his death. Fifty nine year old Michael Griffiths was found by firefighters at his home in Old Glebe Road on Thursday morning.

A post mortem examination has not established his cause of death and further tests are being carried out.

Breaking News: Fatal fire treated as murder

A fatal fire - in which a man in his 50s died yesterday - is now being treated as murder by Sussex Police. The victim is believed to be 59-year-old Michael Griffiths who lived at Old Glebe in Fernhurst. Officers from the Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team have now launched a murder investigation.

Detective Chief Inspector Jeff Riley said: "When police and fire investigators were able to enter the property, it was established that Mr Griffiths's body had been lying by the front door, blocking entry and forcing firefighters to remove the door to get in.

"On Thursday evening we were advised by our fire service colleagues that there was a suspicious seat of fire near a window in the lounge at the rear of the property. Additionally, a couple of windows appeared to have been opened before the fire took hold." A post mortem will take place later.

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