More time for detectives to question murder suspect in Belinda Dalby investigation

More time for detectives to question murder suspect

The murder scene at the Society of St James' Jordan House in Millbrook Road East, Southampton

Flowers left at the scene

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DETECTIVES have been given more time to quiz a man arrested on suspicion of murder.

The 30-year-old is being questioned by officers following the discovery of the body of a woman in Southampton.

Belinda Dalby, 26, was found dead at an address in Southampton on Friday evening.

Detectives from the Hampshire Major Investigation Team (HMIT), who have until tonight to continue questioning the man, have also appealed for help from members of the public with the inquiry.

Flowers were left at Jordan House, the Society of St James hostel in Millbrook Road East, where the body of the former Alderman Quilley School pupil was found at 6.25pm on Friday June 13, as previously reported by the Daily Echo.

Tributes were left by the entrance to the building over the weekend, including one with a message which read: “Sleep tight beautiful girl. Always in our hearts.”

Residents of the 40-flat-complex, which provides accommodation for homeless people, were visibly distraught as they came to terms with the news.

They were asking questions of the police officers stood guard at a cordon across the entrance to the property, while detectives carried out door-to-door enquiries in the area.

In a statement released by the Society of St James, a spokesman said: "We confirm that there has been a suspicious death at one of our services in Southampton and we are working with the police as they seek to establish the facts.

"The scheme is a housing project for people who have been homeless. One of the residents in the scheme was found dead in her accommodation on Friday 13th June and another resident is helping the police with their enquiries.

"We are very upset by this tragic incident and will be working hard to support the other residents and our staff."

Neighbour Monika Anders, 35, saw the police arrive at the hostel. She said: “It's very shocking and sad to hear that someone has died.

“It was scary to see so many police there and have something like that close to your house.”

Another resident, a 38-year-old man who did not wish to be named, said: “I've never heard of anything like this happening in this area.

“You don't expect it and it's quite shocking.”

Detective Chief Inspector Darren Rawlings said: “Members of the public may notice an increase in the number of uniform and plain clothes police in the Millbrook Road East area, while officers continue to work on routine enquiries.

“I am appealing for anyone who saw or heard anything suspicious in the Millbrook Road East area on Thursday or Friday, to call police on 101.

“Police would like to thank members of the public for their understanding and co-operation during our enquiries so far.”

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