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Teenagers are bailed over the murder of their friend

By Ben Mitchell

Police have named a teenager whose death is being treated as murder as 18-year-old Jay Benton.

Mr Benton was found in cardiac arrest at a property in Basingstoke, Hampshire, on Wednesday afternoon.

The victim, of Berkeley Drive, Basingstoke, was taken to North Hampshire Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

A 14-year-old girl and a 16-year-old boy from Basingstoke were released on bail on Thursday until October 29, police said.

The force's major investigation team has launched an investigation into the teenager's death, codenamed Operation Plate.

Detective Inspector Ben Chivers, of Basingstoke CID, said: "Our thoughts are with the family of Jay at this very difficult time.

"The investigation into the circumstances surrounding his death continues.

"The man who died and the two people who were arrested were known to one another and there is no wider risk to members of the public."

No cause of death has yet be released.

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