A MAN arrested on suspicion of murdering a Weymouth pensioner has been released from custody.

The 38-year-old from Weymouth is on police bail while enquiries continue.

Meanwhile, police have renewed their appeal for members of the public to help with the investigation.

Detective Chief Inspector Rich Dixey of the Major Crime Investigation Team (MCIT), said: “I am continuing to urge anyone who has any information that may be relevant to my investigation to please come forward."

Dorset Police was called at 10.17am on Saturday September 7 by the ambulance service following reports of the sudden death of a 75-year-old man at an address on The Esplanade in Weymouth.

The death was initially treated as unexplained and enquiries into the circumstances surrounding the death have been carried out by detectives from the Major Crime Investigation Team.

A post-mortem examination took place on the afternoon of Thursday September 12.

Further neurology and toxicology tests have been requested before a cause of death can be given, but the pathologist stated that the victim suffered injuries that are believed to be consistent with an assault.

Following the conclusion of the post-mortem examination and as a result of further extensive enquiries, detectives launched a murder investigation.

A 28-year-old woman of no fixed abode, who was known to the victim and had been arrested on suspicion of murder, remains on bail. A 37-year-old Weymouth man, who was arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender, remains released under investigation.

“I am particularly keen to hear from anyone who may have witnessed or heard anything suspicious in the area of The Esplanade, to the rear of Alexandra Gardens, on the morning of Saturday September 7,” Detective Chief Inspector Rich Dixey added.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at www.dorset.police.uk, via email 101@dorset.pnn.police.uk or by calling 101, quoting occurrence number 55190141132. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org.


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