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Pair arrested in Harry House murder probe released on bail

Published 04/06/2016

Police called for privacy to be respected
Police called for privacy to be respected

Two people who were arrested as part of the murder investigation into the death of two-year-old Harry House have been released on bail.

Dorset Police said a man and a woman, who were arrested on suspicion of murder, have been bailed until the end of August pending further inquiries.

They are both aged 21, from the Dorchester area and were both known to the toddler, police said.

Harry was seriously ill when emergency services found him at an address in Broadmayne, near Dorchester, Dorset, on May 26.

He was taken to Dorset County Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. His death has been treated as suspicious since a post-mortem examination on June 1.

Detective Chief Inspector Sarah Derbyshire, of Dorset Police's major crime investigation team, said: "For investigative reasons we are unable to give the results of the post-mortem at this time. I would appeal for the family to be given privacy at this extremely difficult time."

An inquest is due to be opened next week.

Extra patrols are being carried out in the area.

Detectives also urged the public to be careful about their social media comments regarding the investigation in light of the arrests.

A spokesman said Dorset Police "would hate for anyone to accidentally impact on the investigation by posting well-intended but inappropriate comments on social media".

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