THREE more people have been arrested in connection with a murder.

Stephen Frith, 58, was killed in his Tarring Road, Worthing, home last month.

His body was found on the evening of Friday, October 27, after a neighbour spotted the front door open.

He had not been seen since the Wednesday of that week, October 25.

Saul Nightingale, 37, was arrested by police in Worthing at the weekend but has since been released.

On Tuesday and Wednesday police arrested three more in connection with the murder.

A 39-year-old man was arrested on Tuesday and a 19-year-old man and a 22-year-old woman, all from Worthing, were arrested in the town on Wednesday morning.

All three have been released under investigation.

A force spokesman said: “Anyone who saw or heard anything suspicious in the area between 7pm on Wednesday, October 25 and 5.25pm on Friday October 27, or who may have other information, is asked to contact police online or phone 101, quoting Operation Clyde.

“Alternatively please visit Crimestoppers or contact the independent charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

In a joint statement, Mr Frith’s family said: “We are devastated at the loss of Stephen and the manner of his passing.

“For a man small in stature but big in heart, always helpful to others, this was a totally unnecessary death.

“We hope that someone with information will come forward to help the police in their enquiries.”

Neighbours also paid tribute to the “lovely and friendly” man known to them as Steve.

They told The Argus of their shock at finding out officers had launched a murder probe.

Detective Chief Inspector Emma Heater, from the Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team, said: “Stephen was well known in the Worthing area.

“He was a brother and a son and I am appealing for anyone with information about his death to come forward.”

Anyone with information can call police on 101, quoting Operation Clyde.