Breaking: Police launch murder investigation after body found

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POLICE investigating the death of a man in Matlock are treating the case as murder.

The man was discovered by a member of the public at about 10.50am on Sunday, October 16 in the grounds of the library in Steep Turnpike.

He has not yet been formally identified but he is thought to be in his 40s. A post mortem examination will take place later today.

A 43-year-old man was arrested in Matlock late last night on suspicion of murder. He remains in custody and will be questioned by detectives today.

A cordon remains in place around the library while forensic work is carried out. The library will remain closed today.

Inspector Bryan Hall, section inspector for Matlock, Bakewell and Ashbourne, thanked residents for their assistance. He said: “The people of Matlock have been very supportive of the investigation so far and I want to thank them for their help.

“While the closure of the library may cause some inconvenience today, I know residents will understand that it’s necessary as part of the inquiry.”

Police are appealing for anyone who saw or heard anything suspicious in the Steep Turnpike area after 1pm on Saturday, October 15 to call officers on 0345 123 3333 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.