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Bodies of two men found in garden spark murder probe

By Tom Wilkinson

Detectives investigating the deaths of two middle-aged men whose bodies were found in a back garden have launched a murder inquiry.

Humberside Police named the victims as Daniel Hatfield (52) and Matthew Higgins (49), from Hull, and said they had suffered "significant multiple injuries".

Their bodies were found on Friday evening in a garden in May Street, Hull, by a neighbour who a saw a leg sticking out from under a duvet, according to reports.

The force said two women aged 27 and 36 and a 38-year-old man have been arrested in connection with the deaths.

A post-mortem carried out on Saturday night found the men died after suffering significant multiple injuries.

Detectives are studying CCTV, carrying out house-to-house inquiries and forensics experts are working at the scene.

They also called on the public to help them build up a picture of the two victims' movements in the days before their bodies were found.

Detective Superintendent Matt Hutchinson said: "The two victims in this case have sustained serious injuries and police are carrying out a large number of enquiries to establish when they were killed and identify the people responsible.

"We are supporting the victims' families and keeping them informed about developments in the case.

"We have made three arrests. However, we still need the public's help in piecing together the full circumstances of the men's deaths."

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