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Murder investigation after pensioner's death in Southampton
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- Pensioner died after incident in Devonshire Road/Morris Road area of Southampton
- Four people arrested following the death
- Roads likely to sealed off for most of the day as forensic teams investigate
- Anyone with information should call 101 quoting Operation Fabia
Forensic teams are now searching bushes in Devonshire Road although officers will not confirm exactly what they are looking for.
They are also looking through waste and recycling bins in the road and appear to have almost finished a search of the area cordoned off.
Aime Gotte, who lives in Morris Road, said he saw the police raid a house over the road following the incident last night.
Aime, 24, said: "I didn't see anyone get hurt but I heard lots of shouting and then looked out the window and saw the police were there asking all the people to get out of the house now.
"They went in once and they came out with a guy and then they went in a second time and took another man out.
"Then they went back in again and it seemed like they were looking for someone else as they went round the back of the house too, but I don't think they found who they were looking for."
Detectives are going door-to-door in Morris Road speaking to residents about the incident.
Meanwhile the forensic team continues to search drains but residents are being allowed to go past the cordon and are being escorted to their homes.
Sajid Mahmood, of Morris Road, said: "We saw flashing lights and so came out here and saw lots of police around.
"It's not something you ever expect to see in your street. My younger brother lives very near the scene and he didn't know anything had happened until the police arrived.
"You hear a lot of noise on the weekends with all the students about but you never think this kind of thing can happen where you are."
Officers removing evidence.
Police have now extended their cordon to block off almost all of both Morris Road and Devonshire Road.
The junction of Devonshire Road and Henstead Road also remains closed by Central Baptist Church.
Officers say the have "no idea" when the roads will open.
Three of the forensic search team have gone around the back of a house at the end of Morris Road after searching through a green recycling bin outside.
They closed a side gate behind them.
Meanwhile another neighbour in Morris Road, who lives in a house inside the cordon, said a man and woman were in the street arguing before police arrived last night.
He said: "At 8/9pm My friend came in and said a couple, a man and a woman, were arguing outside. I don't know if that had anything to do with it.
"I was sleeping and only woke up when the ambulances a police were outside already so I didn't see what happened."
More police officers on the scene.
Officers in plastic overalls are now examining a bin in front of one of the cordoned off houses while other members of the team are searching the street.
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After a 10 minute briefing The search team has started to remove equipment from its van and officers are putting on medical gloves and plastic overalls.
They also have a police dog in the back of the van.
Small white spheres have been placed throughout the road, possibly to indicate the position of people involved or where evidence was found.
Two more police cars and a van have just arrived in Devonshire Road carrying what appears to be a search team.
One neighbour who lives near the murder scene said she heard a scream at around 10pm last night.
The woman, who asked not to be named, said: "Somebody screamed but I could not tell if it was a man or a woman. To be honest I hear that sort of thing a lot with all the students who come around here.
"When you get used to hearing it you don't really think about what has happened and then you hear something like this has occurred which is very scary."
Forensics at the scene.
A forensics team is back with a man in a chemical suit laying out markers at the junction of Devonshire Road and Morris Road.
He has carried a tripod and camera into the road to take pictures of the scene.
Officers continue to guard the cordon and redirect any locals approaching.
Another neighbour, a student who asked not to be named, said she tried to get into Morris Road at 11pm but found emergency services on the scene.
She's said: "Police warned me I should go and stay at a friend's house as I asked to get across to my home. It is very worrying but a lot of the people who live here are students who are leaving for the summer at the end of the week so they can get away from it."
Harry Boota, of Morris Road, said he was shocked at the death of a pensioner just metres away from his house.
Mr Boota, 58, said: "I have just moved back to Southampton a month ago after living here 18 years ago. Southampton never used to be like this. It's very worrying to have something like this happen right on your doorstep.
"I was at home all day yesterday and didn't see anything until all these police cars were here and the ambulance took this man to hospital. You hate to hear about this kind of thing."
SOUTH Central Ambulance Service has confirmed that they were called to the scene at 10.14pm last night.
A spokesperson said they were called to an address in Morris Road after a 999 call.
The service sent an ambulance, an ambulance officer and also a Hazardous Area Response Team (HART).
The spokesperson said that the nature of the call “fitted the criteria” to send a HART unit.
However, the service was unable to confirm why one was deployed in this case.
The spokesperson confirmed that one casualty was conveyed to hospital by ambulance.
Workmen were at the scene at around 10.30 washing down the pavement.
A team of around eight officers and PCSOs remain with one police can behind the cordon.
Pensioner Ronnie Barratt, also of Morris Road, said a woman tried to help the victim before police arrived.
She said: "A woman was administering aid to the man on the ground and there was lots of blood. There was a lot of hearsay as someone said it was a hit and run but it was a stabbing.
Khalid Mahmood, of Morris Road, said: "I was sitting at home when my brother came round and said did I know what was going on in the road?
"I came out and police were everywhere and there was a lot of blood on the pavement. There was also a chap being held by police for quite a while before they took him away.
"They cordoned off the road and then a constable was going door-to-door taking statements from residents asking if we had seen anything. Apparently this chap had been stabbed in the neck and had died overnight."
Mr Mahmood, 50, added: "This really worries me. I have been here since the 1970s and this was a street for families and elderly people but now we do get a bit of trouble."
Part of Morris Road is currently closed whilst a forensic investigation is carried out and is likely to remain closed for most of today.
The four arrested people - three men aged 35, 43 and 53, and a 69-year-old woman - are currently in custody they will be questioned by police throughout today.
Police confirmed they are currently identifying and tracing next-of-kin, and will not be in a position to confirm the identity of the victim until they have been informed and formal identification has taken place.
The area of Devonshire Road and Morris Road where the pensioner was found.
Officers were called to Morris Road just after 10.15pm last night following reports of a man collapsed in the street.
He was taken by ambulance to Southampton General Hospital but was pronounced dead shortly after arrival.
A 71-year-old man was found collapsed in the street in the area of Devonshire Road and Morris Road, in the Polygon area of the city.
A murder investigation has been launched in Southampton this morning following the death of a pensioner in the city.
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