Three men have been arrested on suspicion of murder after a man was found lying dead in Leicester’s Belgrave Road last weekend.
The 34-year-old was found lying unconscious in Belgrave Road, close to the junction with Belgrave Circle in the early hours of last Sunday (June 11). He was declared dead at the scene.
Over the last three days, officers have been working to establish the circumstances surrounding the man’s death – with an appeal for witnesses, CCTV and dash cam footage being issued on Sunday evening.
Following this appeal, and a number of enquiries carried out, the death is now being treated as a murder investigation.
As a result, one man aged 18 and two men aged 22 were arrested on suspicion of murder.
The two 22-year-old men remain in police custody. The 18-year-old man has been released under investigation while investigations continue.
Detectives believe the man was assaulted at the location prior to him being found. This incident is believed to have taken place shortly before 3am.
They continue to urge any witnesses to come forward and are now asking for people who were in the area between 2.30am and 3.15am to make contact.
Detective Inspector Jen Heggs, from the force’s Murder Investigation Team, said: “Following extensive enquiries and an appeal issued on Sunday, we are now treating this death as a murder.
“We have established an assault took place at the location shortly before 3am on Sunday and we are now working to gather as much information relating to this incident as possible.
“The location is a busy route in and out of the city and even in the early hours of the morning there would have been people driving in the area and leaving the city after a night out. If anyone thinks they saw something or has captured anything on dash cam or CCTV – please contact police.”
Anyone who can assist is asked to provide information via http://mipp.police.uk or to make contact by calling 101, quoting incident 132 of 11 June. Alternatively, information can be provided anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.