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Murder investigation launched in Weston-super-Mare

Police officer with two cars

A murder investigation has been launched following the death of a man in Weston-super-Mare.

Officers were initially called to the Royal Grosvenor Hotel in Knightstone Road shortly after 4.15am today (Monday 27 November) to a report of a robbery.

There, they spoke to a man they believed to be the victim of the robbery and then took him to an address in Upper Church Road.

At the address, officers found a man inside seriously injured. They attempted CPR and paramedics attended but sadly he died at the scene.

The man’s next of kin has been informed and will now be provided with support by specially trained family liaison officers.

A forensic post-mortem examination will be carried out in due course to determine the man’s cause of death.

Two men, both aged in their 40s, have been arrested on suspicion of murder and were taken to hospital with injuries. They have since been released and are currently in our custody.

The Major Crime Investigation Team are leading the inquiry into what happened.

CCTV footage is being reviewed by officers and house-to-house enquiries are being carried out.

Cordons are in place at the address in Upper Church Road, the Royal Grosvenor Hotel and in Upper Church Road while crime scene investigators carry out enquiries. These are expected to remain in place for some time.

As part of our investigation, a number of searches will take place and, this is expected to include bins left out for collection.

We would ask people in Knightstone Road (Lower Church Road to Greenfields Place), Lower Church Road, Lovers Walk, South Terrace, Park Place, Royal Crescent, Upper Church Road (Lower Church Road to Raglan Place), Raglan Place, Greenfields Place and Victoria Park to leave their bins out.

Inspector Graeme Hall said: “This is a tragic incident in which a man has lost his life.

“While our investigation is still at a very early stage, we do not believe there is any wider risk to the public.

“We know that while these incidents are incredibly rare, they can be upsetting and cause concern among the community.”

“To provide reassurance to local residents, neighbourhood officers have increased patrols in the area and we’d encourage people to approach them if they have any questions.”

If you have any information which could help our enquiries, particularly if you saw anything suspicious in the area of Upper Church Road or around the Royal Grosvenor Hotel which may help our enquiries, please call 101 and quote reference 5223289533.

If you can help, please call 101 and give the call handler the reference number 5223289533, or complete our online appeals form.

You can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers 100 per cent anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via their Anonymous Online Form.

No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will not go to court or have to speak to police when contacting Crimestoppers.