Kent Teenager's Murder Arrest

8 May 2016, 10:05 | Updated: 8 May 2016, 10:09

A 16-year-old boy from Kent has been arrested in connection with the murder of a father-of-four who was stabbed to death.

The body of Michael Freshwater was found at an address in Southampton on April 29.

A total of nine people have now been arrested as part of the investigation into the death of the 49-year-old, who was originally from London but was living in Southampton.

A post-mortem examination confirmed that he died as the result of a stab wound.

A Hampshire Police spokesman said: "A 16-year-old boy from Kent is currently in police custody.''

Mr Freshwater's partner, Jenny Downey, said in a statement released after his death: "My life will never be the same. We had a special kind of love. Not only was he my partner, he was my best friend, my rock and the absolute love of my life. I'm left with the biggest black hole in my heart.

"Micky was a wonderful soul, a happy-go-lucky person with a beautiful heart made of gold. He would help anyone out.

"He was one of a kind, a truly amazing soul. He was a friend to many, a brother, a son and a wonderful father.

"Micky was my world and I'm absolutely heartbroken. Goodnight my Micky, I will always love you.''

Detective Chief Inspector Nick Heelan said previously: "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 inquiry, we highly suspect this incident is drug-related.''