The Daily Telegraph
Pensioner arrested on suspicion of murder ‘after row over dog’
A PENSIONER was arrested on suspicion of murder after an alleged argument about a dog.
The 68-year-old was arrested after a 49-year-old man was found unconscious on Storrington High Street, in West Sussex.
Officers were called at 10.05am yesterday and the unconscious man was pronounced dead.
Residents claimed two men had been arguing over a dog, but police have not confirmed this detail or if it is related to the incident.
The deceased man has not yet been named and his family are being supported by specialist officers.
Police believe this is an isolated incident and that there is no further danger to the public.
A spokesman for Sussex Police said: “A 68-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder and remains in custody.
“There is a heightened police presence, including forensic officers, in the area. It is likely the road will be closed for several hours while the investigation continues. Members of the deceased man’s family are being supported by specialist officers.
“This is an isolated incident and there is no danger to the wider community.”
Sections of the town have been cordoned off by police while officers, including forensics, remain present at the scene. A police tent was also spotted in the town centre.
Police said the road is likely to be closed for several hours while the investigation is ongoing.
Storrington is a small town in the Horsham district of West Sussex. It lies on the northern tip of the South Downs.
Andrew Griffith, Arundel and South Downs MP, whose constituency includes Storrington, tweeted: “As the local Member of Parliament, I am in touch with Sussex Police about the incident.
“They are at the scene and the investigation is ongoing and being overseen at the most senior levels.
“This is obviously a tragic incident and I can understand the whole community is concerned.
“It is important that the police pursue their investigation rapidly.”
‘There is a police presence in the area. The deceased man’s family are being supported by specialist officers’