Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Delia Hughes murder: New CCTV image released

CCTV images of a man police want to question
Image caption Police are looking for a white man, aged 25 to 30, with a slim build

Detectives investigating the murder of a Southampton great-grandmother have released a new CCTV image of a man they want to speak to.

Delia Hughes was found beaten to death in her flat in Atlantic Close in the Ocean Village complex on 18 August.

Hampshire Police want to question a man who was seen near to the 85-year-old's flat on the day she died.

The latest image shows him earlier in the evening, at about 20:00 BST on Bridge Road in Woolston.

He is described as white, aged 25 to 30, with a slim build.

About 5ft 8in to 5ft 10in tall, he was described as being "nimble and bouncy on his feet".

He was wearing a grey hooded jacket, faded blue jeans, trainers and carrying a small black rucksack.

Murder weapon search

Police have been searching ponds near the home of Mrs Hughes.

They believe she died from several blows to the head and the murder weapon may have been thrown into water.

Four ornamental ponds in the Ocean Village complex were searched earlier on Friday.

Image caption Delia Hughes was found dead inside her Ocean Village home on 18 August

Det Supt Tony Harris, from Hampshire Police, described it as part of a "systematic search" of the Ocean Village area.

He said: "Officers have been sifting through the bottom of the ponds to see if they can find anything that may link to the murder.

"It may be a murder weapon or indeed anything taken from the flat that may lead us to someone responsible for killing Delia Hughes.

"It's still not clear if anything was taken from the flat and that's why we've got to search to see if we can find something that will help us to identify the motive."

One theory detectives are looking at is the possibility Mrs Hughes was killed by a burglar who accessed her ground-floor flat from outside, rather than through a communal entrance.

A 29-year-old woman and a 37-year-old man arrested on suspicion of murder have been bailed pending further inquiries.

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