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Corby hotel death man David Ross's home burgled

Les Ross
Image caption David Ross, known as Les, was a partner in Rubix nightclub in Corby

The home of a murdered nightclub manager, whose body was found in a hotel room in Corby, had been burgled two days before his death.

David Ross's body was found in the Village Express Hotel in The Jamb on Monday. He had suffered head injuries.

Northamptonshire Police said the 39-year-old, also known as Les, had died as a result of an assault.

Police said his home in Chelveston Drive, Corby, was burgled overnight last Friday.

The burglar stole a BlackBerry phone, an iPhone 4, a BlackBerry Playbook and a black Samsung laptop.

'Last movements'

Taps were left running at Mr Ross's house, causing water damage which officers believe was the likely reason he was living in the hotel.

The house remains under forensic examination and while the burglary may have been a coincidence, detectives are trying to establish whether it is linked with the death of Mr Ross.

Det Ch Insp Martin Kinchin, leading the investigation, said: "The death of Mr Ross and the recent burglary at his home address are both currently being investigated. I would like to hear from anyone who can account for Mr Ross's last movements or anyone who spoke to him or saw him last weekend and in the hours leading up to his death.

"I would like to hear of any concerns that Mr Ross might have had. Mr Ross was a well-known figure in Corby and, by all accounts, was well liked and respected.

"His body was found in the hotel room on Monday afternoon but please let us know if you had contact with him earlier in the day."

Mr Ross was working at Rubix nightclub and left there at 02:00 GMT on Monday. He parked his silver-grey taxi at Cardigan Arms pub and paid a short visit to Village Inn pub and then went to his hotel room.

Mr Kinchin said: "At that time we believe he was uninjured and it appears he had a telephone conversation with someone at 7:15am. We believe he was killed in the hotel room and there was no obvious sign of forced entry."

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Northamptonshire Police.

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