A POLICE investigation has been launched into the murder of a Chandler’s Ford man.

William John Rudiak was found stabbed to death in a house in Turin Court, Andover.

The 26-year-old, of Winchester Road, Chandler’s Ford, had been the victim of a serious assault.

Emergency services rushed to the scene at 3.11am on Monday but Mr Rudiak was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.

His next-of-kin are being supported by specialist officers from Hampshire Police.

A spokesman for Hampshire Police said that following a post-mortem examination they can confirm that Mr Rudiak had died from a single stab wound.

A police statement added that they were linking the attack to a report of a sexual assault on a young woman.

The attack is said to have taken place in the nearby village of Little London at 3.55am the same day.

A 21-year-old man, who was arrested in connection with both incidents, remained in custody last night after magistrates granted extra time for detectives to question him.

Officers have issued an appeal for information as part of an investigation into the murder of Mr Rudiak and the sexual assault.

Detective Inspector John McGonigle said: “Our enquiries are ongoing but we would really like to hear from anyone who has information about what happened.

“Were you in either the Turin Court area of Andover, or in Little London, that night? Did you hear or see anything that you think could help our investigation?

“Perhaps you noticed something suspicious that night and have not reported it to police yet.

“If so, please call us on 101, quoting Operation Goldcrest.”

Chief Inspector Kory Thorne, district commander for Andover and Test Valley, said: “We know this will be concerning to residents but I would like to reassure them that detectives are working hard to determine what happened.

“Officers will carry out house-to-house enquiries in the coming days, so residents will see additional police officers in the area.

“Our neighbourhood officers are patrolling the area, so if you have any concerns, please don’t hesitate to approach them.”

Anyone who has information that they would like to pass anonymously  can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.