9 Arrested Over 'Body In Stream' Murder

Nine men and boys aged between 15 and 21 have been arrested by police investigating the murder of Shawn Williams.

The 42-year-old's body was found on the evening of Tuesday, July 20 in woodland off Springford Road, Coxford.
It is thought Mr Williams, from Victoria Road in Woolston discharged himself from Southampton General Hospital on Saturday July 3, after an assault in the Northam area of the city, in which he sustained head injuries.
Police believe Mr Williams was attacked from behind in Princes Court as he walked through the estate between 7.30am and 8.30am and died later from his injuries after leaving hospital.
In a statement released today (15th Oct) police said:

Major Crime detectives investigating the murder of Shawn Williams following an assault in Northam on July 3 this year can confirm they made a number of arrests on Wednesday, October 6.

A 15-year-old boy, three 16-year-old boys, three 17-year-old boys, an 18-year-old man and a 21-year-old man were all arrested on suspicion of murder.

All nine were questioned by police and have since been released on bail until December 15 while enquiries continue.

Following Shawn's death, his parents said:

"Our son Simon was a quiet, gentle man, with an easy-going, friendly temperament.

"He did not drink, smoke or take drugs, and was so keen to keep healthy and became a vegetarian.

"He enjoyed tennis, cycling, keeping fit, but most of all he enjoyed music and playing one of his several guitars.

"He was as much a friend as a son and will be sadly missed by us, his mother and dad."