Two arrested on suspicion of murder after death at Dorset holiday park

TWO people have been arrested on suspicion of murder after a death at a Dorset holiday park.

Detectives are investigating after a man in his 70s and from Birmingham was found in the Heron Lake, at the Warmwell Holiday Park in Crossways, at around 12.27am on Sunday (June 23).

“Emergency services attended and, with the assistance of the fire service, a man was located in the water,” a Dorset Police spokesperson said.

“Very sadly the man, aged in his 70s and from Birmingham, was subsequently pronounced dead at the scene.”

The man was found in Heron Lake, at the Warmwell Holiday Park, near Dorchester. Picture: Google

The man was found in Heron Lake, at the Warmwell Holiday Park, near Dorchester. Picture: Google

Following enquiries, a man and woman, both aged in their 50s and from Birmingham, were arrested on suspicion of murder, they said.

The woman was also arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice.

The man who died and the individuals who have been arrested are known to each other, said Detective Inspector Shaun Inkpen, of Dorset Police’s Major Crime Investigation Team.

“Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the man who sadly died, and we have launched a full investigation to establish the circumstances surrounding the death,” he said.

“We are carrying out extensive enquiries in the area of the holiday park and a cordon has been put in place as we conduct our investigation.

“I am keen to hear from anyone who witnessed or heard anything suspicious in the area during the evening of Saturday, June 22, into the early hours of Sunday, June 23.

“There will be an increased policing presence in the vicinity as we carry out our enquiries and officers can be approached by any members of the public with information or concerns.”

Anyone with information about the incident should contact Dorset Police via, or by calling 101, quoting incident number 55240094346. They can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously online at, or by calling 0800 555 111.

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