Three arrested over body found at landfill site

Police investigating the murder of a father-of three whose body was found at a landfill site in Telford have arrested three people.

43-year-old Stephen Round, lived alone in St Georges, Telford; his next-of-kin have been informed.

Mr Round’s body was discovered on Friday morning (July 2) at a recycling centre on Grange Lane, Redhill, near to the Granville Country Park. The site remains sealed off for forensic examinations.

A post mortem carried out yesterday (Saturday) by a Home Office pathologist gave the cause of death as head and neck injuries. The results of toxicology and other tests are awaited.  The Coroner for Shropshire has been informed and an inquest will be opened in due course.

Two women and a man were arrested in the local area yesterday (Saturday, July 3) in connection with the death and are currently being held at police stations in the West Mercia Police force area where they are helping officers with their inquiries.

A murder investigation is under way and a Major Incident Unit has been set up at Malinsgate Police Station in Telford under the direction of Detective Chief Inspector Paul Williamson. More than 50 police officers and police staff are currently working on the case.

As part of the investigation a number of wheelie bins have been seized by police in the St Georges area for forensic examination.

Detective Chief Inspector Williamson said today: “We would like to thank those who have assisted with our investigation. Our inquiries are still at a very early stage and we are keen to hear from anyone we have not yet spoken to who had contact with Mr Round or has seen him in recent weeks.”

“I would like to thank the public for their patience and understanding during the intense police activity in St Georges and the surrounding area over the past few days.

“I would like to reassure people that three people have been arrested at an early stage in this inquiry and that the incident does appear to be self contained. At this stage we are not seeking anyone else in connection with the death.”

Anyone with information should contact the Major Incident Unit at Malinsgate Police Station on 0300 333 3000 or call Crimestoppers in confidence on 0800 555 111