Updated 11.15pm: Two men charged with murder of Neil Corby in Oakham

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TWO men have been charged with murdering Neil Corby in Oakham yesterday (Thursday).

The men, both aged 33, will appear at Loughborough Magistrates Court tomorrow (Saturday).

Two other men arrested in connection with the murder, aged 26 and 47, were released without charge earlier this evening.

In a statement police said: "The body of 42-year-old Neil Corby was found in a ground floor flat in Gaol Street on the morning of Thursday, September 20.

"Two men, both aged 33-years-old, have been charged with murder. One of the men has also been charged with actual bodily harm and the second man has also been charged with section 20 assault. Both men are due appear at Loughborough Magistrates Court tomorrow morning.

"Two other men who were also arrested in connection with the incident, aged 26 and 47-years-old, have been released without charge."

Mr Corby, 42, was found dead at a flat in Gaol Street.

Police had been called to the flat at about 7.30am yesterday where they made the discovery.

The body was removed from the scene and a post-mortem examination was due to take place late yesterday to establish a cause of death but this has yet to be released.

Gaol Street was cordoned off until 2.30pm while officers carried out inquiries.

Det Chief Insp Neil Castle, who is leading the investigation, said yesterday: “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 that there had been a murder.

Bethan Roche, who works at Rutland Late Night Pharmacy in High Street, said yesterday: “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 yesterday.

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.”