Six people have been arrested on suspicion of murder in connection with the death of 39-year-old Tomasz Dembler, whose body was discovered in woodland near to Flatts Lane Country Park on Monday 12th April.
This morning, specialist teams carried out dawn raids on properties across the Cleveland area and at one address in Hull.
Two properties in Middlesbrough, two in Grangetown, one in North Ormesby and one in the Spring Bank area of Hull were all targeted as part of today’s significant policing operation. Five polish men and one polish woman, all between the ages of 27 and 44, were arrested and are in police custody.
The officer leading the case, Detective Chief Inspector Matt Murphy-King, launched a murder investigation last week and appealed to the public to come forward with information.
He is still appealing to people to come forward if they haven’t already spoken to police:
Did you know Tomasz? If so, we would like to hear from people who specifically spoke to him during March and April.
Have you seen anything suspicious in or near to Flatts Lane Country Park around the time of March or beyond?
Do you have dashcam or Private CCTV footage that might show suspicious activity in the area?
Did you see Tomasz during March or April?
Detective Chief Inspector Matt Murphy-King said: “Today sees a significant development in the case after a considerable amount of work by the investigation team.
“We have had a good response from the public following the appeals last week, but I would still urge people to come forward and tell us what they know.
“We are continuing to provide support to Tomasz’s family and are keeping them updated with developments. Our thoughts are with them as we continuing with our work to seek justice for Tomasz.”
The investigation continues at pace and detectives have established that Tomasz could have sadly been killed at some point from mid-March up until his body was discovered by two members of the public. Officers believe that this was a targeted murder and this continues to be a significant line of enquiry.
Anyone with information is asked to visit the Major Incident Public Portal using this link Public Portal (mipp.police.uk) or by calling the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or Cleveland Police directly on 101.