Fifth Man Arrested over Southampton Boxer Murder

police name man found dead in westridge road murder

Detectives investigating the murder of Michael Freshwater have today (Tuesday, May 3) further arrested a 24-year-old man from Southampton on conspiracy to supply class A drugs. The man is currently in police custody.

Michael’s body was found at an address in Westridge Road, Southampton just after 4.15pm on Friday, April 29.

A 22-year-old man from Southampton was arrested yesterday (Monday, May 2) on suspicion of assisting an offender and conspiracy to supply class A drugs.

A 43-year-old man from Southampton was also arrested yesterday (Monday, May 2) on suspicion of conspiracy to supply class A drugs and has since been bailed until July 5.

Ashton Singh, 26, of Westridge Road appeared before Southampton Magistrates this morning charged with perverting the course of justice and has been remanded in custody.

A 26-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder on Saturday, April 30 and has since been released on bail pending further enquiries.
Detective Chief Inspector Nick Heelan said: “This remains an active murder investigation and we continue to encourage anyone who can assist us with our enquiries to come forward.

“We have arrested a number of people, some of whom remain in police custody at this time.

“We are utilising a significant amount of resources to ascertain the exact circumstances leading up to Michael’s death and we continue to deploy investigative tactics at every opportunity to secure evidence and close in on those responsible.

“While we are keeping an open mind and exploring all lines of enquiry, we highly suspect this incident is drug related.

“We continue to appeal for information and would like to hear from anyone who may have information surrounding this incident to contact us. Please come and speak to us, in confidence, and tell us what you know.”

Anyone with information should contact police on 101 quoting Operation Windless. Alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.