All seven juveniles, who were arrested as part of the murder investigation into the death of Warren Free in Spalding, have been released on police bail to allow enquiries to continue.
Senior Investigating Officer, DCI Martin Holvey, of East Midlands Special Operations Unit (Major Crime), said: “In the early hours of last Thursday morning, we know that there was an incident involving Mr Free and a group of youths, and that he sustained injuries which subsequently led to his death.
“At present, I cannot confirm the cause of death as further tests need to be carried out.
“Our investigation is continuing into the circumstances leading up to Mr Free’s death. This is a very unusual incident for Lincolnshire as a county, and specifically for the Spalding area.
“I would like to thank the public in the town for the help they have given so far, but continue to appeal to anyone who knew Mr Free, and who has any information, no matter how insignificant it may seem, to contact the Incident Room”.
Anyone with information can contact Lincolnshire Police by calling 101 and quoting incident 161 of 28th August. Alternatively, you can pass information, in complete anonymity, to Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.
UPDATE SATURDAY 10.30AM: Warren Free Murder Enquiry - Four Further Arrests
Detectives investigating the murder of Warren Free have further arrested four juvenile boys in Spalding in connection with the enquiry.
Of the three juveniles arrested earlier, one girl has been released on police bail and the other boy and girl remain in custody being interviewed.
There continues to be a significant police presence in the Coronation Close area and anyone with information that may assist the enquiry is asked to approach officers or call the Major Incident Room by dialling 101 and quoting incident number 161 of 28th August.
Alternatively, you can provide information anonymously by contacting Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
UPDATE FRIDAY 10.30PM: Detectives investigating the death of a 42-year-old Spalding man have named him as Warren Free, of Coronation Close.
Two juvenile females and one juvenile male, who were arrested in connection with the murder enquiry, remain in police custody being interviewed.
Senior Investigating Officer, DCI Martin Holvey, of the East Midlands Special Operations Unit (Major Crime), said: “We are continuing to investigate the circumstances in which Mr Free sustained the injuries that led to his subsequent death and I am appealing to anyone with information that may assist the enquiry to contact the major incident room by calling 101 and quoting incident 161 of 28th August.”
UPDATE FRIDAY 6.30PM: Two 13-year-olds and a 15-year-old arrested for Spalding murder, say neighbours A boy and girl aged 13 and another 15-year-old girl were arrested on suspicion of murdering a man in his Spalding home, neighbours revealed today (Friday).
The victim, named only as Warren, was found badly beaten at 26 Coronation Close.
His elderly neighbour Gena Probert (85) said: “It is a terrible thing to happen. I only knew him as Warren and he was a sweet man and wouldn’t hurt a fly.
“I was woken up by the sound of someone running down the street at about 1am on Thursday but didn’t think too much of it until I saw police and ambulance at Warren’s house the next day.
“I saw him being dragged out on a stretcher with a blanket over him... he was absolutely covered in blood. I couldn’t even make out his face, he was that badly beaten.
“The air ambulance came down in the skate park but there were delays in it taking off because the paramedics couldn’t get him stable.
“The police came to see me and said a girl and a boy aged 13 were suspected of breaking into his house and another 15-year-old was also arrested.
“Warren moved here about five or six years ago. He was rough when he came here because he’d been into drugs and his kids and wife had left him but he was a sweet lad.
“He used to come round and have a coffee or a can of coke and sit and chat to me. He would often take my bins out or get me a pint of milk or paper from the shop if I couldn’t go out.
“I feel awful about what has happened. This is a very close-knit community and we look out for each other. I will miss Warren terribly.”
UPDATE FRIDAY 4.40PM: People have reacted with shock and disbelief after the death of a 42-year-man on a Spalding estate was being treated by the police as murder.
Three youths, two girls and a boy, are in police custody in connection with the death of a man in hospital earlier this morning.
Police and paramedics were called to Coronation Close, Spalding, at about 11.25am yesterday morning when a man was reported to be having breathing difficulties.
He was airlifted to Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham, with a serious head injury but later died in the early hours of Friday morning.
Robert Templeman (65), who has lived in Coronation Close for about five years, said: “I knew him to say hello to and I watched him taking his little boy to school.
“He wasn’t very old and I saw the poor chap as he was going into the helicopter, so his death is a bit of a shock to me.”
FRIDAY 1.40PM: Police have launched a murder inquiry after a 42-year-man from Spalding died in hospital today.
The man, who has not yet been named, was airlifted to hospital after he was reported to be having breathing difficulties at his home in Coronation Close at about 11.25am yesteday morning.
The victim was taken to Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham, with a serious head injury but died in the early hours of this morning.
Detectives from the East Midlands Special Operations Unit, Major Crime Branch, are leading the murder inquiry.
Two young girls and a boy have been arrested in connection with the man’s death and all three are in police custody.
Detectives from the East Midlands Special Operations Unit, Major Crime Branch, are leading the murder inquiry and officers are carrying out door-to-door inquiries in Coronation Close to gather information on what happened.
Insp Jim Tyner, community policing inspector for Spalding, said: “Coronation Close is a close-knit community and I know many will be affected by what has happened.
“My officers will be carrying out extra patrols in the area and I would urge residents to approach them with any concerns.”
Anyone with information that may be relevant to the inquiry should call 101, stating incident number 161 of August 28.
FRIDAY 10.55AM: More details have emerged today about a man in his 40s who is in hospital with a head injury.
Paramedics were called to a house in Coronation Close, Spalding, at about 11.25am yesterday following a report that a man was having difficulty breathing.
An East Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “A fast response vehicle was first on the scene and requested immediate back-up from a double-crewed ambulance and Helimed.
“The air ambulance arrived with a doctor on board and flew the patient to Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham.”
Police in Spalding are still investigating how the man came to be injured.
THURSDAY 2.55PM: Police have confirmed an incident this lunchtime in which a man ended up being airlifted to hospital with head injuries is being treated as suspicious.
THURSDAY 1.30PM: Police are currently dealing with an incident in Coronation Close, near Spalding skate park.
At lunchtime today (Thursday), a man in his forties was airlifted from an address in Coronation Close to Queens Medical Centre in Nottingham, after the air ambulance landed in the nearby skate park.
He was suffering with a head injury and officers are investigating the circumstances surrounding his condition.
Spalding Community Inspector Jim Tyner said he could not comment further about the incident at the moment.
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