UPDATE: Police given more time to question teenagers held on suspicion of murdering Peacehaven footballer

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SUSSEX Police investigating the death of Connor Saunders have been granted more time to question two boys who are being held on suspicion of murder.

Magistrates have granted detectives another 36 hours to keep two 14-year-old boys in custody.

The boys were arrested on suspicion of GBH, along with a 13-year-old boy, after 19-year-old Connor was punched during an altercation in West Street, Rottingdean, on Saturday night (14 April).

Connor received serious injuries as a result of the assault and sadly died on Sunday April 15.

The three boys were all further arrested on suspicion of murder. The 13-year-old has since been released on bail until 8 May pending further enquiries.

A post mortem has taken place today and has shown that he died from injuries consistent with trauma to the head.

Detective Chief Inspector Nick May of Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team said: “Exactly why this incident took place is still unclear.

“There has been some speculation that this may have been two gangs of youths confronting each other.

“We do not believe that this was the case. This appears to have been two groups of people who met each other while walking through Rottingdean and have exchanged words.

“We would like to hear from anyone who may have seen or heard the incident and has not yet contacted police.”

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Sussex Police on 101 quoting Operation Markby or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.