Murder inquiry launched following reports of late-night attack

PUBLISHED: 13:17 11 July 2017 | UPDATED: 13:17 11 July 2017

Police are investigating a 'suspicious' death in Churchill Close.    Picture: www.burnham-on-sea.com

Police are investigating a 'suspicious' death in Churchill Close. Picture: www.burnham-on-sea.com

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Avon and Somerset Constabulary has launched a murder inquiry after a 40-year-old man was found dead last night (Monday).

This morning the force reported it was investigating a ‘suspicious’ death in Burnham-on-Sea, but it has now been upgraded to a murder inquiry ‘due to the injuries the man received’.

A 43-year-old man and a woman, aged 38, have been arrested in connection with the incident and remain in custody.

Police were called to reports of an assault at a house in Churchill Close at 11.56pm, where a man was pronounced dead at the scene.

A forensic team has been examining the house this morning, while officers have cordoned off the road and patrolled the area.

Formal identification procedures are yet to take place, and a post-mortem examination will be conducted in due course.

DCI James Riccio said the investigation is ‘at a very early stage’ and the police are doing ‘doing everything possible’ to determine how the man died.

He added: “We’re treating the death as murder due to the injuries the man received.

“His next of kin have been informed and specially trained officers are offering support to his family.

“Two people have been arrested and are currently in custody for questioning.

“Specialist crime scene investigators are now examining the scene while there is also an increased police presence in the area for reassurance.

“We’re aware this will have an impact on the wider community and I’d like to reassure people we believe this to be an isolate incident.

“Anyone with any concerns is encouraged to contact their local neighbourhood team.”

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