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Murder probe over body in rail arch

Police investigating the death of a man found near a railway station is now being treated as murder.

Two people have since been arrested after officers from Avon and Somerset Police and British Transport Police were called t o a railway archway on the Lower Bristol Road, near Bath railway station, at around 1.30pm on Christmas Eve when a member of the public found a man's body.

He has since been identified as 51-year-old Thomas Downey, known locally as "Manchester Tommy".

The area has been cordoned off and a detailed search of the area continues. The area is likely to remain closed for several days to allow a full forensic examination and search of the area.

A post-mortem examination showed that Mr Downey, originally from Manchester, died from significant head injuries.

A police spokesman said: " Two men in their 30s have been arrested on suspicion of murder and continue to be questioned by officers.

"The neighbourhood policing team are working with the local community to provide support and reassurance and to assist with the investigation.

"However we are still keen to speak to anyone who was in the area near to the station in Lower Bristol Road around lunchtime on Christmas Eve. We believe the area would have been busy with shoppers and people leaving work early."

Anyone with information is asked to contact police.

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