A man has died in a suspected shooting at a raucous pool party in an upmarket area of Surrey.
Police launched a murder investigation after discovering the body of a man when they were called to the large detached property in the village of Headley, Surrey in the early hours of Monday morning.
Locals had complained that around 500 paying party goers had descended on the property next to the village church for a pool party that had been advertised online.
One man was confirmed to have been killed and a number of other party goers were understood to have sustained serious injuries.
The incident took place at a property in Church Lane close to the Headley Court defence rehabilitation centre, where wounded service personnel are treated.
According to locals, the house – which has indoor and outdoor swimming pools – was being rented out for private parties, with a similar event taking place last summer.
A Jamaican DJ known as Braintear Spookie was thought to be one of the organisers, along with the owner of the bungalow.
The party was being advertised as “The Big Mansion Pool Party”
Local resident Anne Leguen de la Croix, 58, said the pool party had become an annual event.
She said: “This time last year we had a similar party happen at the house last year. Both times there were young girls in swimming costumes and older men.
“I reported it at 3pm after hearing the DJ set up. They were playing rap music. There were bouncers outside, one security guard said 450 people were coming. It was not a little do.”
She said she thought she had noise like a gun being fired around 1.30am.
“All of a sudden I heard people leaving in their cars, it was a mass exodus. It felt as though people were trying to get of there,” she added.
Lucy Hunter, who lives locally with her husband, Robin said: “The rector, Linda, was invited three or four years ago after she tried to make friends with them as they did not know anybody in the village. She said everybody else at the party were models in bikinis, she felt very uncomfortable.”
Local councillor David Preedy had warned police there could be a disturbance due to the size of the gathering and because of previous events held at the property.
Mr Preedy, who lives about a quarter of a mile away, said: “There was a noisy party last year that I know was problematic? It started at 11pm and went on until 5am on Monday morning so was decidedly unpopular.
“When it was clear that the repeat was being organised, I notified the police on behalf of the parish council and on behalf of the community. Obviously I didn’t realise what was going to happen.
The rector, Linda, was invited three or four years ago…She said everybody else at the party were models in bikinis, she felt very uncomfortable.
“It (the house) is rented out. I understand it is the second or third of these parties. I was told last year that it was an event people were paying for tickets to attend.
“I became aware a large number of people were gathering.
“I called the police and asked them to patrol and make organisers know they should be considerate neighbours. I am pretty sure it was noisy through the night.
“I haven’t spoken to enough people about it but I am sure people will be shocked and very worried.”
Another resident said: “I drove past the house last night and there were lots of people, there were cars parked everywhere, in people’s driveways. There were lots of women in brightly coloured African dresses.
“I drove past again at 5.30am on my way to work and it was cordoned off, it had all kicked off.”
A Surrey Police spokesman said: “Police and ambulance crews quickly attended the location and found the body of the man, who was subsequently declared dead at the scene.
“The man has not yet been formally identified and a post-mortem examination to establish the cause of death will take place in due course.
“Several other people at the location are believed to have suffered serious injuries.
“At this early stage no arrests have been made but officers are actively following up a number of lines of inquiry.”
Officers have cordoned off the road while investigations continue at the scene.