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Murder probe launched after ‘robbery victim’ at Weston-super-Mare seafront hotel leads police to a dead body

  • Police were called to the Royal Grosvenor Hotel shortly after 4.15am on Monday 

A murder probe has been launched after a ‘robbery victim’ at a Weston-super-Mare seafront hotel led police to a dead body.

Police were called to the Royal Grosvenor Hotel shortly after 4.15am on Monday to a report of a robbery.

Officers spoke to a man they believed to be the victim and took him to an address in Upper Church Road in the Somerset town.

A man was found inside the property seriously injured. Police attempted to save him with CPR and paramedics attended but he tragically died at the scene.

Two men, both in their 40s, have been arrested on suspicion of murder and were taken to hospital with injuries. They have since been released and are currently in police custody.

CCTV footage is being reviewed by officers and house-to-house enquiries are being carried out.

Forensic teams searching in Weston-super-Mare after a murder investigation was launched

Forensic teams searching in Weston-super-Mare after a murder investigation was launched

Police were called to the Royal Grosvenor Hotel (pictured) shortly after 4.15am on Monday to a report of a robbery

Police were called to the Royal Grosvenor Hotel (pictured) shortly after 4.15am on Monday to a report of a robbery

Police were first called to the hotel after a report of a robbery and then taken to an address where a body was found

Police were first called to the hotel after a report of a robbery and then taken to an address where a body was found

Cordons are in place at the address in Upper Church Road, the Royal Grosvenor Hotel and the former Methodist church in Upper Church Road, while crime scene investigators carry out enquiries. These are expected to remain in place for some time.

As part of the investigation a number of searches will take place including looking at bins left out for collection. 

Police said they would ask people in Knightstone Road, Lower Church Road, Lovers Walk, South Terrace, Park Place, Royal Crescent, Upper Church Road, Raglan Place, Greenfields Place and Victoria Park to leave their bins out.

Inspector Graeme Hall said: ‘This is a tragic incident in which a man has lost his life.

‘While our investigation is still at a very early stage, we do not believe there is any wider risk to the public.

As part of the investigation a number of searches will take place including looking at bins left out for collection

As part of the investigation a number of searches will take place including looking at bins left out for collection

Cordons are in place at the address in Upper Church Road, the Royal Grosvenor Hotel and the former Methodist church in Upper Church Road

Cordons are in place at the address in Upper Church Road, the Royal Grosvenor Hotel and the former Methodist church in Upper Church Road

Royal Grosvenor Hotel, where police were called to reports of a robbery

Royal Grosvenor Hotel, where police were called to reports of a robbery 

CCTV footage is being reviewed by officers and house-to-house enquiries are being carried out

CCTV footage is being reviewed by officers and house-to-house enquiries are being carried out

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‘We know that while these incidents are incredibly rare, they can be upsetting and cause concern among the community.

‘To provide reassurance to local residents, neighbourhood officers have increased patrols in the area and we’d encourage people to approach them if they have any questions.’

The man’s family has been informed and will now be provided with support by specially trained family liaison officers.

A forensic post mortem examination will also be carried out in due course to determine the man’s cause of death.

Anyone with information which could help enquiries has been urged to call 101 and quote reference 5223289533.

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