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Arrest made after man dies in The Vineries in Gillingham

By Ed McConnell

A man is being quizzed by murder detectives after a man's body was found in a flooded flat where there had also been a fire.

The suspect, in his 30s and from Gillingham, was arrested at 20 past midnight after the grim find yesterday morning in Firethorn Close, The Vineries estate, Gillingham.

Fire crews had initially been called to the flat by neighbours.

A green tarpaulin covered the outside of the bottom-floor property home to a disabled man in his 50s.

Forensics and fire investigators were at the scene for most of the day.

The suspect is believed to be known to the victim.

The flat is on The Vineries (7207204)
The flat is on The Vineries (7207204)

Police have an initial 12 hours to quiz suspects but can apply for an extension bringing the total time limit up to 36 hours.

A source said yesterday: "There were about ten police cars there, fire and forensics. The house is cordoned off and a police officer is on guard outside."

He added: "His brother found him this morning having done some shopping for him. He was lying in bed in a ground floor flat. There were people living above.

"The flat was flooded but there was evidence of a fire."

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