THREE men have been arrested in connection with the murder of a 47-year-old man.

Police were called after a man was found seriously injured on land in Marlpit Lane, Emsworth, at 11.10am on Saturday, July 23.

He was flown by air ambulance to Southampton General Hospital, but died on Monday, July 25.

Detectives deemed the circumstances of the man’s death to be suspicious, and an investigation was launched.

On Wednesday, July 27, two men aged 20 and another man aged 22 were arrested on suspicion of murder by Sussex Police. 

They remain in custody at this time.

Senior investigating officer detective inspector Gareth Hicks, of the Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team, said: “First and foremost, our thoughts are with the victim’s family and friends at this incredibly difficult time.

“This has been a dynamic and fast-moving investigation, and I’d like to thank everyone who has come forward to help and support our enquiries so far.

“There will continue to be an increased police presence in the area as our investigation progresses and I encourage anyone to speak to one of our officers if they have any concerns or information they believe could assist in our investigation.”

The man’s next of kin have been informed and are being supported by specialist officers, police said.

Detectives are keen to identify and speak to anyone who may have seen any unusual or suspicious behaviour in the vicinity of Marlpit Lane from Friday evening (July 22) to Saturday morning (July 23).

Anyone with information is asked to contact police online or by calling 101, quoting Operation Bridport.

Alternatively, information can be passed to police anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.