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3 July 2013, 15:43 | Updated: 3 July 2013, 15:56
Six men have been arrested in connection with the murder investigation into the death of Corby businessman David ‘Les’ Ross.
Addresses in Corby were raided at 7am today and the men – whose ages range from 20 to 35 – were taken into custody at the Criminal Justice Centre in Northampton.
The arrests were part of a planned operation involving 50 officers from Northamptonshire Police, Leicestershire Police and the East Midlands Special Operations Unit.
Detective Chief Inspector Martin Kinchin, who is leading the murder investigation, said: “We believe the people we have arrested have vital information around the circumstances that led to the murder of Mr Ross.”
Mr Ross was found dead at the Village Inn Express hotel in Corby on the morning of Monday 17 December – his home in Corby had been burgled three days previously.
DCI Kinchin added: “We now know that the burglary on Friday 14 December was not an opportunist crime but a planned crime targeting Mr Ross. He moved into the hotel but was keeping his whereabouts very quiet. However, somebody who knew of his location has likely provided the information to Mr Ross’s enemies. We know there are still people with key information for our inquiry and continue to encourage people to contact us directly or, on an anonymous basis, through Crimestoppers.”