Police suspect murder after Holmestrand fire

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11:53 CEST+02:00
Police in south-eastern Norway have launched a murder inquiry after a person was found dead near a burning outhouse in Holmestrand on Friday morning.

A Norwegian man with a previous criminal recorded was arrested at the scene as injuries were discovered on the dead body.

“He will be charged with murder and we will try to question him during the day,” said police lawyer Jan Helge Palm at a press conference on Friday.

Police receive a report of a fire at the outhouse at 5.40am. Ten minutes later they learned that a man had been found dead at the side of a nearby road.

“Police found the man who has been arrested near the fire. He had minor injuries and was complaining of having trouble breathing. He was behaving normally and was initially just going to be driven for a health check-up,” said Palm.

The dead man has not yet been identified.

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Police have asked for anyone who may have information relating to the case to come forward.

Police would not say what sort of injuries the dead man had sustained but witnesses said there was blood on the road near the where the body was found.

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