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13 March 2013, 13:00 | Updated: 13 March 2013, 13:22
Officers investigating the burglary at the home of Corby murder victim David 'Les' Ross have revealed that they believe a member of the public challenged a number of youths in Chelveston Drive outside the burglary scene.
The burglary occurred between 10pm and midnight on the evening of Friday 14 December last year, three days before the body of Mr Ross was discovered at the Village Inn Express hotel in the town.
It is thought the member of the public challenged the youths late that same evening.
Detective Chief Inspector Martin Kinchin told Heart: "We have received information that a man was heard challenging a number of youths in the street outside Les's home around the time of the burglary. This man has not come forward, so we can not say why he was challenging the youths."
Police believe that Les was at work in the Rubix Club at the time but officers remain open-minded as to whether this information is linked to the burglary.
DCI Kinchin added: "We know a man standing in the area of Les's home shouted at a number of young men around this time and I would appeal to this person to come forward. We are conscious that this incident might be completely unconnected to the burglary and may be nothing untoward at all, so we ask anybody who was shouting, or who was being shouted at, in Chelveston Drive around this time to make contact with the police."
Witnesses to this incident, or anyone with information, should call Northamptonshire Police's murder incident room on 101 - alternatively, information can be given anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Earlier in the investigation DCI Kinchin told Heart that setting up the Rubix Nightclub took a considerable amount of Les' time and finances. Northants Police know that Les had to borrow money to fulfil his ambition, but it is still unclear whether they have accounted for all his borrowing or whether or not this is related to the fatal assault he suffered.
As well as the burglary to his home on Friday 14 December, police said they were aware at various times in the past he had received threats and occasional damage to his vehicles.
While detectives are investigating whether the assault might be linked to his involvement in the Rubix club, they are also looking to see if it is linked to his work as a doorman and taxi driver or is linked to a relationship.