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Man found lying dead in street named by police

Police have today named a man who was found lying dead in a street in Southampton on Friday afternoon.

He is Nicholas James Beattie. He was known to family and friends as Nick. Mr Beattie was 32 and local to the area. His next of kin has been informed. A post mortem examination conducted yesterday afternoon to determine cause of death by a Home office pathologist reported indeterminate findings, and results of more tests are awaited.

A further man, aged 37, was arrested in connection with this investigation yesterday bringing the total number of people detained to four. All men are local to the area. They are all currently in custody in Southampton.

Detectives have been conducting house-to-house enquiries and speaking to residents in Golden Grove, where Mr Beattie’s body was found on Friday afternoon. Police were alerted by South Central Ambulance Service, which had received a call at 1.20pm by locals who spotted a man’s body lying on a footpath.

Uniformed officers from the local neighbourhood policing team will once again be out in the area today, speaking to locals and providing reassurance.

“We are still treating the death as unexplained and awaiting further results from the post mortem which should help us establish what we are dealing with. We would continue to urge anyone who has any information or witnessed anything suspicious in Golden Grove on and around Friday lunchtime, and who is yet to speak to us, to please come forward straight away and call us on 101.”

– Detective Chief Inspector Becky Riggs

“Tomorrow we will have a mobile police station on Golden Grove to provide a focal point for residents and workers to come and speak to us if they have any concerns about this incident or anything else which may be concerning them in their neighbourhood. My team works very closely with community leaders, businesses, and schools and we will be visiting them to speak to them about what we are doing in the neighbourhood over the coming week. We recognise that there are some challenges in the area, and are aware of them. We want to reassure you that we take all reports of criminality and antisocial behaviour very seriously, and are working with our partner agencies to resolve them. If you have concerns, don’t stay silent – please come and speak to us.”

– Inspector Pete Jones


Three arrested over body found on footpath

The man was found on a footpath in Golden Grove Credit: Google images

Three men have been arrested in connection with the death of a man who was found lying on a footpath in Southampton.

Police were alerted at 1.50pm yesterday after the man, 32, was found in Golden Grove.

A post mortem examination will be carried out later by a Home Office pathologist to establish a cause of death although a Hampshire police spokeswoman said there was "no obvious traumatic injury".

She added that the death was being treated as unexplained.

"We are very keen to trace two men who were seen near the body outside the flats in Golden Grove shortly before police arrived."

– Det Ch Insp Becky Riggs, Hampshire Police

Officers have been conducting house-to-house inquiries in the area and are examining CCTV footage.

Extra police patrols were also being laid on to provide reassurance to residents.

Investigations continue after body found

Police are continuing their investigation today following the death of a 32-year-old man in Golden Grove, Southampton yesterday (Friday, March 20).

Officers were alerted at 1.50pm after a man was found lying on the a footpath. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

There was no obvious traumatic injury, and a post mortem examination is being conducted today by a Home Office pathologist to help determine the cause of death.

Three men, all in their early forties, have been arrested in connection with the death and are currently in custody.

Officers have been conducting house-to-house inquiries in the area and are examining CCTV.

"At this stage we are continuing to treat the death as unexplained and the results of the post mortem will be vital in helping us build a clear picture of the circumstances surrounding the death. We are speaking to people in the local community but if anyone has any information regarding this incident that can help this investigation, I would urge you to call us as soon as possible. In particular, we are very keen to trace two men who were seen near the body outside the flats in Golden Grove shortly before police arrived yesterday afternoon. They will know who they are when they hear or read this, and we would urge them to come forward and call us as soon as possible."

– Detective Chief Inspector Becky Riggs

Police officers will be out amongst the community in Golden Grove today to speak to residents and address any concerns they may have.

"My team will be out in Golden Grove all day today speaking to members of the local community. Please do come and speak to us if you have any concerns over this or any other matter. We are very happy to speak with you and can hopefully provide reassurance. Or if you would like us to come and see you, please do call 101 and ask for the Southampton Central Neighbourhood Police Team. We can then come to see you and talk through any concerns."

– Inspector Pete Jones

Anyone with information regarding this incident should call 101 and quote Operation Screen. Alternatively, information can be left with Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555 111.

Campaigners protest against cuts to Southampton libraries

Five Southampton libraries under threat Credit: ITV news

Campaigners will demonstrate through Southampton today in the hope of saving city libraries. Up to five in the city could be closed and 18 jobs could be at risk if community groups do not come forward to take over running them. The council would save around £300,000 a year if they shut.

Libraries at Cobbett Road in Bitterne, Millbrook, Weston, Thornhill and Burgess Road, as well as the mobile library, are under threat. Supporters will meet at the Bargate at 1pm and aim to arrive for a 'read- in' at the steps of the civic offices at about 1.30pm, ahead of the next full council meeting.

This comes as a consultation on the issue ended on Friday with more than 3,000 responses. The council says all views and representations will be taken into account before a final decision is made but the council needs to find ways to deliver services in more cost-effective ways.

Britannia to set sail for maiden voyage

Maiden voyage for World's largest cruise liner Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The world's largest cruise liner will set off on her maiden voyage on Saturday evening. The new P+O liner will take more than 3,000 passengers to the Mediterranean, stopping off in places like Barcelona and Rome.

The ship was named buy the Queen earlier this week. Capable of carrying more than 3,600 passengers and 1,350 crew, Britannia is the largest cruise ship designed specifically for the British holiday market. Boasting 15 passenger decks, 13 bars and 13 places to eat, the £473 million Britannia has a three-tier atrium, a 936-seater theatre, four swimming pools, and a multi-million pound art collection.

Sailing from Southampton during the summer and operating from the Caribbean in the winter, Britannia will visit 57 ports in 31 countries in its first year, sailing more than 90,000 miles.


March through Southampton calls for an end to the housing crisis

Housing crisis is said to be the worst in generations Credit: ITV news

People in Southampton are marching through the city in support of a nationwide campaign calling for action to end the UK's housing crisis.

Radian, a housing, support and care provider, is organising the two-mile Walk for Housing across the city. Residents, workers and local organisations will come together at Centenary Quay in Woolston and walk to Guildhall Square in the city centre.

It's part of the wider National Housing Federation campaign - Relay to the Rally - which involves weeks of events up and down the country culminating in the Homes for Britain rally in Westminster on March 17th.

"The housing shortage is a national crisis - and we can see it unfolding in our villages, towns and cities across the south," said Radian Group Chief Executive Lindsay Todd "If we're going to avoid passing this problem on to our children, we need more quality homes".

Councillor Warwick Payne, Cabinet Member for Housing and Sustainability, Southampton City Council, said: "The Centenary Quay re-development will provide many new homes, including more than 400 affordable ones, but more housing is still required in our city to meet the needs of local families and the council is determined to work with partners like Radian to meet that urgent need."

According to the National Housing Federation, the South East needs to build 8,700 affordable homes per year to keep pace with demand and says last year just 4,160 were built.

The campaign estimates that 3.7 million young people will be living with their parents by 2020. In 2020 market rents will be 39% higher than they are today. By 2030 the average house prices in England will be more than 13 times the average salary, up from 11 times in 2013.

Record breaking year for Southampton as 400 ships dock in port

This is a record breaking year for Southampton with more than 400 ships calling at the port. For every one that docks it's estimated an £2.5m is pumped into the economy. And it's not just money - thousands of jobs are supported by the arrival of these super liners. But it's not all plain sailing - how does the city cope with the extra pressures? Richard Slee reports

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