Sussex

Man bailed after Brighton man found dead

  • 26 July 2012
  • From the section Sussex
St George's Road
The body of Mr Polding was found at his home in St George's Road

A 28-year-old man from London who was arrested on suspicion of murdering a man found dead in his Brighton flat has been released on bail.

The body of Michael Polding, 62, was found on 16 July in his property in St George's Road.

Mr Polding moved to the Kemptown area - a part of the city famous for its gay community - about nine months ago where he felt more comfortable living as an openly homosexual man, his family said.

Police believe he was killed in May.

A post-mortem examination found he had suffered a number of injuries.

The man, who was arrested on Sunday and brought from London to Sussex for questioning, has been released on bail until 8 August.

Det Ch Insp Nick May, who is leading the investigation, said: "Information from friends and acquaintances of Mr Polding who spoke to him in May is very important to us to help us work out when he may have died.

"He lived in Croydon for many years and we would also like to speak to anyone who kept in contact with Mr Polding after he moved to Brighton in October last year."

He added that police do not believe his death was a random attack or linked to any hate crime as a result of his sexuality.

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