Sussex

Five quizzed over discovery of body in Brighton house

Police at scene
Image caption Sussex Police said officers had been called to a disturbance at the house on Thursday

Five men are being held on suspicion of murder after the death of a man whose body was found in an empty building in Brighton on Saturday evening.

The body of Craig Martin Palmer, 39, was found on the fourth floor by police called to the house in Russell Square.

A post-mortem examination showed he died from head injuries.

A man aged 40 was arrested at the scene. Two men aged 27 and one aged 28 were arrested on Sunday. A fifth man, aged 37, was arrested on Monday.

The latest arrest was in Hove at 0730 GMT, said Sussex Police.

'Violent murder'

A police spokesman said the house had been vacant since September, when the owner died.

But officers called to a disturbance at the property on Thursday found several people were staying there.

"The body was not seen in the house when police visited on Thursday, which has helped focus the investigation on what happened there on Friday and Saturday," said Det Ch Insp Nick Sloan.

"I'm confident people who have visited or stayed at the house in the last few days, and those who live nearby, will hold the key to unravelling exactly what has happened.

"This was a violent murder of a man who deserves justice and I would urge anyone who knows anything about his death to help us."

'Caring man'

Mr Palmer's partner, Caroline Bambrick, described him as "a beautiful character who would do anything for anyone".

"Even if he was short of money he would give you money for your bus fare if he could see you needed it.

"He was a caring man who made everyone laugh no matter how bad you felt.

"We were together for nearly nine years and he called me his princess, and that's just how he made me feel. I can't believe he's gone," she said.

Police said Mr Palmer, who was of no fixed address, had been living in Brighton for a number of years but was not originally from Sussex.

Officers are looking through CCTV footage from nearby shopping areas and carrying out house-to-house inquiries as part of the investigation into his murder.

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