A DOZEN arrests have now been made by detectives investigating the death of father-of-two who suffered gunshot wounds.

As previously reported, Gurinderjit Rai's body was found in a car parked in a remote layby in Shepherds Farm Lane, Corhampton, in the Meon Valley, on July 13.

Officers investigating his death arrested a 51-year-old man from South Wales on suspicion of conspiracy to murder on Saturday September 28.

He has been released on police, pending further enquiries.

A total of 12 people have now been arrested as part of the investigation into the man’s death.

On Friday 20 September, officers arrested a 66-year-old man and a 42-year-old man, both from Winchester, on suspicion of conspiracy to commit murder.

On the previous day, a 20-year-old man from Winchester had been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit murder.

A 39-year-old man from Winchester had been arrested on conspiracy to commit murder on Tuesday August 20.

All four people have been given police bail, pending further enquiries.

Seven other men had previously been arrested in connection with the death and released on police bail, pending further enquiries.

As part of the investigation, officers are currently searching a house in Battery Hill, Winchester.

A scene is likely to remain in place for this week while officers carry out their enquiries.

DI Roger Wood said: “This is a complex murder investigation and we would like to thank everyone who has contacted us so far.

“We are still appealing for people with information on what happened to call us.

“This can be done by calling 101, and quoting Operation Coach.

“Information, including dashcam footage, can also be sent via this link: https://mipp.police.uk/operation/44HC19N02-PO1.

“Alternatively, people can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, where information can be left anonymously.”

As previously reported, Aston Hannis, 28, of Winchester, was jailed for 12 months after he refused to hand over the passcode to his phone to police as part of their investigation

An inquest into Mr Rai's death was opened in July. Acting area coroner Samantha Marsh said a postmortem found he died of "shotgun wounds to the head and neck".

Ms Marsh adjourned the inquest to January 24 2020, although that date may change due to the ongoing police investigation.