Friday 11.40am: Police have revealed the ages of four men who were arrested on suspicion of murder in Oakham yesterday.
The men, aged 26, 33, 33 and 47, are in police custody after a dead body was found in a flat in Gaol Street, Oakham, yesterday morning.
Three police officers and a police van remain outside the flat this morning.
Police were called to a flat in Gaol Street in Oakham at about 7.30am yesterday where they made the discovery. The identify of the man has not been confirmed by officers but he has been named locally as Neil Corby.
Two men were arrested at the scene on suspicion of murder and two other men were arrested later in Oakham. They are all still believed to be in police custody.
The body was removed from the scene and a post-mortem examination was due to take place late yesterday to establish a cause.
Gaol Street was cordoned off until 2.30pm while officers carried out inquiries. An officer remained at the doors of the block of flats.
Det Chief Insp Neil Castle, who is leading the investigation, said: “Inquiries into this incident are in their early stages and we are currently trying to piece together exactly what has happened.
“I would like to appeal to anyone who was in the Gaol Street area between 8pm last night and 7am this morning and either saw or heard anything out of the ordinary to get in contact with the police as soon as they can.”
People in Oakham were left stunned by the news.
Bethan Roche, who works at Rutland Late Night Pharmacy in High Street, said: “I saw the police arrive at about 8am and I knew it must have been something serious. You don’t close off a road and businesses if it’s not.
“It’s terrible news. It’s really not something you expect in Oakham.”
Angelina Walker, of Welland Way, Oakham, was due to take her son Harry, 12, for a dental appointment in Gaol Street.
She said: “It’s shocking. We just asked the police what had happened. We thought there might have been a burglary but we were really surprised when we found out a body has been found.”
Louise Bird, a hair stylist at Hairworx in Gaol Street, said: “I just can’t believe something like this has happened in Oakham.
“Everyone down here has been affected by losing a day’s trade.”
Assistant manager at Wardrobe Anna Toal added: “It is very sad and very worrying that it has happened so close to our shop.
“I am sure the community will all pull together.”