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UPDATED: Police investigating the suspicious death of a 57-year-old man in Ventnor during the early hours of Christmas Day have arrested a total of 3 people on suspicion of murder.

As first reported by Island Echo, emergency services rushed to Pier Street in the town at just gone midnight on Sunday following reports of an assault. Tragically, despite the best efforts of paramedics and Police, the casualty’s life couldn’t be saved and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Island Echo understands the currently unnamed 57-year-old man was a serving prison officer at HMP Isle of Wight.

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A 26-year-old man arrested yesterday on suspicion of murder remains in police custody. In addition, a 31-year-old man and a 32-year-old man have also been arrested on suspicion of murder and they are also in police custody.

Detective Chief Inspector Dave Brown said:

“Investigations are continuing today as we work to establish the exact circumstances of this man’s death.

“We would like to speak to anyone who was in or in the vicinity of the Rose Inn on Christmas Eve night around the time of the incident as they could have information which could assist our investigation.

“So if you have not yet spoken to us please call 101.”

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Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101, quoting Operation Extension, 4416048457.

UPDATE TUESDAY – The 26-year-old man arrested on Christmas Day has been bailed until 11th April 2017, pending further enquiries.

Detectives have been granted more time to interview the 31-year-old and 32 year-old men, who are both from the Isle of Wight.

The duo will remain in custody for questioning until Wednesday.

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