A 30-year-old man who was arrested in Exmouth yesterday morning, Thursday, January 9, on suspicion of murder remains in police custody for further questioning following a 12-hour extension.
Forensic officers and police have been at an address in Exmouth this morning, Friday, January 10, as detectives continue murder enquiry investigations in Newton Poppleford.
Devon and Cornwall police on January 9, launched a murder enquiry following a fire at a caravan which happened at a scrapyard in Newton Poppleford in the early hours of the morning.
Police searches are being carried out in Exmouth in connection with the enquiry, said a force spokeswoman.
Residents in Brixington have seen uniformed police and forensic officers, wearing white overalls, in the Cheshire Road area of Exmouth.
Detectives have been making house-to-house calls, knocking on doors in the area, and a uniformed scene officer was spotted in the garden of a property, Brixington residents said.
Devon and Cornwall Police said a 30-year-old man who was arrested in Exmouth yesterday morning on suspicion of murder remains in police custody following a 12-hour extension.
Police said scene guards are still in place in Newton Popplefford and are expected to remain there for several days.
Formal identification is yet to take place of a man in his 40s, thought to live in the caravan, who was pronounced dead at the scene.
A Devon and Cornwall Police spokeswoman said: “The suspect is currently still in police custody following a twelve-hour extension.
“Searches will continue today at a location in Exmouth in connection with this enquiry.
“Scene guards are still in place in Newton Poppleford and will remain over the next few days.
“Formal Identification has yet to have taken place.”
Police were notified at around 2.30am on Thursday, January 9, to reports of a fire in Newton Poppleford, where concerns were raised for the welfare of a man living in a caravan.
Police, fire and ambulance services attended the scene where a man in his 40s, who was believed to be living in the caravan, was pronounced dead.
His next of kin have been informed.
Superintendent Matthew Lawler said a number of police officers and specialist resources will remain in Newton Poppleford over the next few days as part of police enquiries into the death.
He said the local neighbourhood police team, who were out on foot patrol in the area, would continue to be available over the next few days to give advice, support, and answer questions.
Supt Lawler said: “Local residents in the area will continue to see the police cordon.
“It is likely that detailed forensic and other work may take some days, so we expect the cordons to remain in place into the weekend.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact the police via 101 quoting log number 61 090120.
Information can also be passed anonymously to independent charity Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555111, or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org