Scotsman's body found at Brighton flat two months after he was murdered

Strathclyde Police
Appeal: Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward.

The body of a Scotsman who moved to England to cope better with his sexuality has been found at his flat two months after he was murdered.

Police broke into Michael Polding’s flat in Brighton over the weekend and on Monday arrested a 28-year-old man in London.

The 63-year-old Scot, who was brought up in Glasgow, had only moved to Brighton nine months before his body was found.

A pathologist called in to carry out a post-mortem examination on the remains in an attempt to establish a cause of death, told detectives that he had suffered a number of injuries.

Detectives said that they did not believe that he was targeted as part of hate crime because of his sexuality.

On Monday, Mr Polding's devastated family told how he had struggled with his sexuality growing up in Scotland.

"In the 1970s he decided to move to London where he felt it would be easier to live as an openly gay man. He spent many happy years in Croydon living with his partner Henry until he sadly died in 2001," they said in a statement.

"He worked at St George's Hospital for 15 years in the urology department. He enjoyed working with people and helping them while they were receiving treatment.

"Last year he decided to move to Brighton as he wanted to start a new life in the gay community in the city. Michael was a kind and caring man. Despite the distance between us he kept in close contact and we will miss him greatly."

Detective chief inspector Nick May, of Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team, said: "We are continuing to put together a picture of the circumstances surrounding Mr Polding's death and how he sustained his injuries.

"It is thought that he may have died sometime in May and we are still appealing for anyone who spoke to him in May this year to contact police.

"Mr Polding was an openly gay man who moved to Brighton only nine months ago from London. We are trying to build up a picture of his lifestyle in the city and would like to hear from anyone who knew him or knew of any friends or acquaintances he spent time with.

"We know that he moved to Brighton because he liked Kemp Town and we are hoping that the residents and visitors to this area can now help us to find out more about his life.

"Our investigation so far has led us to believe that his death is not linked to any hate crime as a result of his sexuality and that any assault he may have suffered was not as a result of a random attack."

The arrested man is being held in Brighton for questioning.

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