Corby murder victim had house burgled

Flowers outside the building where the body of Les Ross was found
Flowers outside the building where the body of Les Ross was found

Police have revealed the man who was murdered in Corby earlier this week was the victim of a burglary just days before his death.

Les Ross, 39, was found dead at 2.40pm on Monday, December 17, in the Village Express Hotel in the Jamb, Corby.

Police believe nightclub owner Mr Ross, who was also known as David, died after being assaulted.

He had been staying at the hotel after his Corby home was broken into while he was at work during Friday evening or the early hours of Saturday morning.

The intruders had left taps running during the break-in, which caused the house water damage and forced Mr Ross to move out and seek alternative accommodation.

A Blackberry phone, a Blackberry Playbook, an iPhone 4 and a Samsung laptop belonging to Mr Ross were all taken.

Detective Chief Inspector Martin Kinchin, who is leading the investigation, has appealed for witnesses who were in the Village Inn public house in Corby between 1.30am and 3am on Sunday morning to get in touch with officers.

He also said he wanted to speak to anybody going about their daily business at around 7am that morning. Police know Mr Ross answered a telephone call at 7.15am on Monday morning.

Det Chief Insp Kinchin said: “A lot of his interactions were done by phone and we are keen to speak to them to see if he had had any concerns. He had a wide social circle.

“There were also a number of people in the area [around the pub on Monday morning] that appear on CCTV. Those people may well have had a conversation with him or seen him. He was a well-known figure.

“We would be interested to talk to anyone who may have seen him.

And he vowed: “We will get there. We are hopeful that in the next couple of days we will get a breakthrough.”

Anyone with any information is urged to call Northamptonshire Police on 101 and asking for Operation Lane, or by calling Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.