Regional force leads murder inquiry

Supt Shaun West.
Supt Shaun West.
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The inquiry into Warren Free’s murder is being led by the East Midlands Special Operations Unit (EMSOU), a team made up of five different police forces.

For more than a decade, it has combined officers’ expertise and resources from Lincolnshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Nottinghamshire to tackle serious crime in the region.

In June of this year, EMSOU was involved in the joint F4tal 4 operation focusing on the four main causes of injury and death on Lincolnshire’s roads – drink/drug driving, speeding, mobile phone use and the non-wearing of seatbelts.

Supt Shaun West, East Midlands Operation Support Service superintendent for Lincolnshire, said: “Operations such as this demonstrate the benefits of collaborative working between forces.

“Previously, we wouldn’t have had the resources to mount such a large-scale operation and the success of this operation establishes that forces can successfully work alongside each other, targeting those committing F4tal 4 offences.”

DCI (Detective Chief Inspector) Martin Holvey, senior investing officer in the Warren Free murder inquiry, is from EMSOU’s Major Crime Branch which investigates murder, kidnapping with demands, extortion and organised crime.

The branch can call on the services of detectives and support staff from across the East Midlands to assist in the murder inquiry, allowing detectives in Spalding to concentrate on matters such as burglary, robbery and vehicle crime.

DCI Holvey said: “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.”