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Murder inquiry police believe it was 'isolated incident'

Police have launched a murder investigation after a body was found in Southampton

A post mortem examination is due to be carried out on the body of a man found at a flat on Westridge Road in Southampton on Friday afternoon.

Hampshire Police have issued a statement to reassure the public. Detectives say they think the crime was an isolated incident.

“Our investigations are continuing today and we are following up several lines of enquiries.

“At this stage we believe this to be an isolated incident and that there is no risk to the wider community.

“However, we understand that news of this incident will have caused concern among residents in the area, so our neighbourhood officers will be carrying out reassurance patrols throughout the weekend.

“The body was found in a multi-occupancy property and today our forensic officers are carrying out extensive searches there.

“To allow this to happen we have moved all the residents from the property and put them up in temporary accommodation.

“We are also anticipating that the scene will be cordoned off for some time yet, so we would like to thank residents for their patience as we continue our investigations.

“We understand that there may have been a dispute at the address earlier yesterday and we are appealing for anyone who may have seen or heard anything to contact us if you haven’t already as you may have information which can assist our investigation.”

– Detective Chief Inspector Nick Heelan, Hampshire Constabulary

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Murder inquiry launched after man's body found at flat

Police cordoned off Westridge Road in Southampton

Hampshire Police have launched a murder investigation following the discovery of a man's body at a flat in Southampton.

Officers were called to the property in Westridge Road shortly after 4.15pm on Friday afternoon. A police statement said they were not in a position to confirm the man's identity or any further details at this stage.

“We are in the early stages of an investigation into a man’s death which is being treated as suspicious.

“We understand there may have been a dispute at the address in Westridge Road earlier today (Friday, April 29).

“I am appealing for anyone who may have witnessed or heard this dispute to contact us. We are also keen to speak to anyone who may be able to provide us with any information which could help us establish the circumstances of the man’s death.”

– Detective Chief Inspector Nick Heelan, Hampshire Constabulary

Anyone with information should contact Hampshire Police on 101 quoting Operation Windless. Alternatively you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Police make arrest in connection with attack on girl, 17

Detectives investigating a serious assault on a 17-year-old girl in Portsmouth say they have made an arrest in connection with the incident.

The teenager was attacked in Shearer Road on Monday 11th April. A 28-year-old man from Portsmouth is in police custody.

Anyone with information can telephone police on 101 quoting Operation Gather, or alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Watch our special feature on damning report into Southern Health

The Care Quality Commission has issued a damning report following an inspection of the way the Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust looks after the people in its care.

The organisation has come under increased scrutiny following the revelation that there were failings in the way that it reported and investigated hundreds of unexpected deaths, particularly of people using its mental health and learning disability services.

The chief executive of the trust, Katrina Percy, has refused to step down, despite criticism about Southern Health's leadership.

You can watch our full special report on the Care Quality Commission's report into Southern Health NHS Trust below:

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Southern Health's Chief Executive's response to critics

ITV Meridian spent the day trying to talk to the Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust's Chief Executive, Katrina Percy, about the CQC's damning report into some of its care of people under its protection.

No interview was granted, but Katrina Percy did issue a statement about the health watchdog's findings. ITV Meridian presenters Fred Dinenage and Stacey Poole spoke to reporter Richard Slee.

Fred interviews CQC about its report that criticises Southern Health's leadership

ITV Meridian presenter Fred Dinenage interviewed Karen Bennett-Wilson from the Care Quality Commission about its report into the failings of the Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust.

The interview with the CQC was followed by reaction from the Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt MP.

Although the CQC report was critical of Southern Health's leadership, neither official would be drawn on whether the organisation's Chief Executive, Katrina Percy, should step down from her post.

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