Murder victim identified by police

John Johnson was found murdered at his Mansfield home on Tuesday
John Johnson was found murdered at his Mansfield home on Tuesday

A MAN found murdered at his Mansfield home on Tuesday morning has been named as John Paul Johnson.

The 42-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics who were called to the address on Chesterfield Road South at around 10am.

Police released his identity this morning and said a post mortem had revealed chest injuries to be the cause of death.

Mr Johnson had been living as a tenant at the three-storey property, owned and run by Mansfield-based housing association Midway Housing.

The association helps house ex-offenders and those recovering from drug and alcohol problems.

The property remains cordoned off today as a forensic examination continues.

Eight people were arrested on suspicion of Mr Johnson’s murder on Tuesday and taken to police stations in Mansfield, Newark and Nottingham.

Two, a 25-year-old woman and a 39-year-old man, were released without charge on Wednesday.

Three more men, aged 25, 39 and 43, have now been released on bail pending further enquiries.

Another three men, aged 19, 24 and 29, remain in custody this morning.

Said Det Chief Insp Tony Heydon: “The family of Mr Johnson are clearly devastated by their loss, and they are being supported by specialist family liaison officers.

“Three people remain in custody and they will be questioned further throughout the day.

“In the meantime, I’d like to reiterate our appeal to the public for any information which they believe could assist the investigation.

“We would particularly like to hear from anyone who heard a disturbance at or around the property, which is on the junction of Chesterfield Road South and Brownlow Road, in the early hours of Tuesday morning.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact the incident room directly on Mansfield 483020. They can also call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.