THREE men have been charged 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, the investigation led to the arrest of Joseph Butler, 22, Tarin Hopkins, 20, and Thomas Goldring, 20.

Butler, of Priors Leaze Lane, Hambrook, Hopkins, of Common Road, Hambrook, and Goldring, of Lockerley Road, Havant, have since been charged with murder.

All three men have been remanded in custody, and are scheduled to appear before Crawley Magistrates’ Court on August 1.

The victim’s next of kin continue to be supported by specialist officers, police said.

In the meantime, detectives are urging anyone with any information about the incident to report it online or call 101, quoting Operation Bridport.

You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or report it online.

Senior investigating officer detective inspector Gareth Hicks, of the Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team, previously 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.”