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Murder investigation continues

Sussex police are continuing their investigation into the death of Michael Polding after an inquest recorded a verdict of unlawful killing. Sussex Police launched a murder investigation following the discovery of Michael's body at his flat in St George's Road, Brighton, on Monday 16 July.

Detectives are seeking 'Ricky', aka Ricardo Pisano, Brandon Victor Pillay and Ree, in connection with Michael's murder. Detective Inspector Jon Fanner of Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team said: "The investigation into the death of Michael Polding is still very much ongoing.

"We will continue to work tirelessly to investigate the circumstances surrounding Michael's death and to locate 'Ricky'. "I appeal to anyone with information about 'Ricky', aka Ree, or his whereabouts to contact Sussex Police."

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New website launched in hunt for killer

Michael Polding and "Ricky" Credit: Sussex Police

Detectives investigating the death of Michael Polding in Brighton earlier this year have today launched a website as they hunt for his killer.

www.michaelpoldingmurder.com has been created to help gather information from the public regarding the whereabouts of Ricky, aka Ricardo Pisano, Brandon Victor Pillay and Ree - who is wanted in connection with Mr Polding's murder.

It is the first website of its kind to be created by Sussex Police.

Det Chi Insp Nick May said: "It has been nearly five months since Michael's body was found in his flat in St George's Road but our investigation into his death continues. We are determined to get justice for Michael and his family and this case will remain open until we do so.

"During our enquiries we have become interested in tracing Ricky in connection with Michael's death, however we have been unable to date.

"This new website is a part of our efforts to trace him. I would urge everyone to take a look at the website - particularly at the pictures of Ricky - and contact Sussex Police with any information about his whereabouts.

"We would also like to hear from anyone who has had contact with him in the past. Any information, no matter how small you think it may be, could be the vital piece in the jigsaw to trace Ricky's whereabouts.

"Ricky has links across the world - including to New Zealand and South Africa - and also within the UK. The last positive sighting of him was in the Marlans shopping centre in Southampton at the end of July. He could now have travelled anywhere in the UK or the world.

"He changes his appearance and his identity so it is important that people take a good look at the photographs and don't assume he will be introducing himself as one of the names currently known to police."

Michael Polding was an openly gay man who moved from Scotland to Croydon with his partner in the 70s. Michael's partner died in 2001 and last year he moved to Brighton.

Ricky has known links to South Africa, New Zealand, Brighton, Croydon, Crouch End in London and Southampton, although detectives believe he may have now travelled elsewhere.

Anyone with information which could help with the investigation is asked to contact Sussex Police on 101 or visit www.michaelpoldingmurder.com for other ways of contacting.

New leads in Brighton murder

Officers investigating the murder of a Brighton man say they are reviewing several new leads following an appeal on the BBC's Crimewatch programme.

Investigators received 17 calls of interest as a direct result of their appeal, after a £5,000 reward was offered for information.

Ricardo Pisano Credit: Sussex Police

Police want to question Ricardo Pisano who also goes by the name Brandon Pillay, in connection with the death of Michael Polding.

The 63-year-old was found dead in his flat in the city, in July of this year. Mr Pisano has since been spotted on CCTV in Southampton.

Michael Polding Credit: Sussex Police