Pensioner arrested on suspicion of murder after ‘row over dog’ in sleepy village

A pensioner was arrested on suspicion of murder yesterday after a man died following a “row about a dog”.

Police received reports of an unconscious man in a town centre street at shortly after 10am.

Paramedics raced to the scene but the 49-year-old victim, whose name has not been released, was pronounced dead.

Sussex Police said a 68-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder and remains in custody.

Locals claimed the pair had been involved in an argument over a dog.

The force described the incident in Storrington, West Sussex, as “isolated” and is appealing for witnesses.

Specialist officers are supporting the victim’s family.

A spokesman from Sussex Police said: “Police responded to a report of a man unconscious in High Street, Storrington. Sadly the man was pronounced deceased.

“There is a heightened police presence, including forensic officers, in the area. It is likely the road will be closed for several hours while the investigation continues.

“Members of the deceased man’s family are being supported by specialist officers.

“A 78-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder and remains in custody.

“This is an isolated incident and there is no danger to the wider community.

“Anyone with information which could help detectives with their investigation is asked to report it online or call 101 quoting Operation Kingscross.”

The victim was certified dead at the scene soon after 10am and his body was later removed to a nearby hospital mortuary where a Home Office pathologist will carry our a post mortem examination to establish the exact cause of his death.