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Dorset Police have arrested five men on suspicion of murder following the death of an individual at the Hotel Central in Maiden Street, Weymouth.

The incident unfolded on Saturday, December 30, prompting a swift response from Dorset police

At 11.07pm, Dorset Police received a report concerning a man at the Hotel Central who required medical assistance. Responding promptly, officers and the ambulance service were on the scene, but unfortunately, the man was pronounced dead shortly after midnight.

The identity of the deceased is yet to be disclosed, and efforts are underway to locate and notify the next of kin. The coroner has also been informed as part of standard procedure in such cases.

The circumstances surrounding the death are currently classified as unexplained. Detectives from the Major Crime Investigation Team (MCIT) are leading the ongoing investigation, working to piece together the events leading to the tragic incident.

Forensic teams were observed at the hotel, indicating the meticulous approach taken to gather evidence crucial to the investigation. As part of these efforts,

Five local men, including two 19-year-olds and individuals aged 21, 31, and 34, have been arrested on suspicion of murder.

Detective Inspector Mark Jenkins, from MCIT, expressed condolences to the family of the deceased, emphasizing the comprehensive nature of the ongoing inquiries. He appealed to the public for assistance, urging anyone who witnessed suspicious activity in or around the Hotel Central on the night of the incident to come forward.

The gravity of the situation prompted the closure of Maiden Street to the public on the night of the incident. Witnesses reported a substantial police and ambulance presence, with a resident describing the street as “totally closed off.”

Residents recalled a notable commotion, with the witness stating, “There were ambulances, police cars, going into the hotel.” The increased police presence in the vicinity indicates the seriousness with which authorities are treating the investigation.

The public is encouraged to share any information that might aid the investigation by contacting Dorset Police via their website or by calling 101, quoting occurrence number 55230203519. For those preferring anonymity, independent charity Crimestoppers can be reached online at or by calling Freephone 0800 555 111.

As the investigation unfolds, the community remains on edge, awaiting answers to the tragic events that transpired at the Hotel Central in Maiden Street.

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