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Appeal after body found in Firethorn Close, The Vineries estate, Gillingham

By Jenna Dobbs

Murder detectives are urgently appealing for dashcam footage after a body was found in a flooded flat on Thursday.

Emergency services made the grim discovery after being called to a fire in Firethorn Close, The Vineries estate, Gillingham.

A 34-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder at 20 past midnight on Friday, and remains in custody.

The body was found at The Vineries estate, Gillingham
The body was found at The Vineries estate, Gillingham

He is believed to be known to the victim - a disabled man in his 60s.

Detectives would now like to hear urgently from motorists whose vehicles are fitted with a dashcam and may have been parked in the following locations between 7am and 11am on Thursday;

- The Vineries

- Castlemaine Avenue between The Vineries and Grange Road

- Grange Road between Ingram Road and Castlemaine Avenue

- Parr Avenue

- Burnt Oak Terrace

A source said on Thursday: "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.

The suspect is believed to be known to the victim - a disabled man in his 60s
The suspect is believed to be known to the victim - a disabled man in his 60s

"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."

Anyone with footage, no matter how irrelevant it may seem, is urged to contact Detective Sergeant Murray Tester on 01634 884001 or by emailing 10785@kent.pnn.police.uk

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