Murder investigation continuing after body of man found in Plungar
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Detectives are continuing to investigate the death of a man who was found deceased in a field in Plungar on Tuesday afternoon (7 November).
Police were called to the scene, off Highgate Lane, at 3.30pm following the discovery of the man’s body. It was reported the man, who was in his 40s, was believed to have suffered a head injury and his death is being treated as suspicious.
In the early hours of yesterday morning (Wednesday), a 56-year-old man from Grantham was arrested on suspicion of murder. He has since been released under investigation.
At around 12:30am today (Thursday), as part of the ongoing investigation, Leicestershire armed officers stopped a vehicle on the A52 Bingham bypass in Nottinghamshire.
Officers approached the vehicle where the male driver was found to have suffered a serious injury to his head. Despite the efforts of officers to provide immediate first aid to the man, he was pronounced deceased at the scene.
In line with procedure, a mandatory referral has been made to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) who have begun an independent investigation into the man’s death. The force will fully co-operate with this investigation.
A scene preservation remains in place in the area of Highgate Lane. Road closures also remain in place on the A52 Bingham bypass.
Senior Investigating Officer in the murder investigation, Detective Inspector David Greenhalgh, from the East Midlands Special Operations Unit (EMSOU), said: “Our enquiries following the discovery of a man’s body in Plungar remain ongoing as we continue to establish the full circumstances of what has happened. Specialist officers are providing support to the man’s family at this time.
“We do continue to appeal to anyone who was in the Plungar area on Tuesday afternoon or who has any information in relation to the incident to come forward to us. Did you see anyone go into a field? Did you see or hear anything unusual or which caused you concern?
“I understand there will be concern in the community and our officers remain in the area offering reassurance as our enquiries continue. Please do speak with them.
“Thank you to everyone who has provided information to us and for your continued support at this time.”
Anyone with any information can report online at www.leics.police.uk or by calling 101 quoting reference 23*690816.